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BP Portrait Award

The competition is judged, on an equal and anonymous basis, from original . An exhibition is then created from a selection of the entries.
First Prize:  £30,000

Open to everyone over 18

Closing date: Monday 11 February 2013.

  • First Prize: A cash of £30,000, plus, at the judges’ discretion, a commission worth £5,000, to be agreed between the National Portrait Gallery and the artist.
  • Second Prize: £10,000
  • BP Young Artist Award: £7,000

All selected aged between 18 and 30 will automatically be considered for both theBP Young Artist Award and the , but an individual cannot win both.

BP Travel Award 2013: £6,000

Judging and the Exhibition

The competition is judged, on an equal and anonymous basis, from original paintings. An exhibition is then created from a selection of the entries. Last year 2,187 artists from 75 different counties submitted their work and the exhibition, which featured fifty-five paintings, was seen by over 255,000 people at the National Portrait Gallery.

Many artists who have had their work exhibited have gained commissions as a result of the considerable interest in the BP Portrait Award and the resulting exhibition. Recent commissions by BP Portrait Awardartists include Dame Kelly Holmes by Craig Wylie (BP Portrait Award 2008 winner).

HOW TO ENTER

Online: The best way to register your entry for the BP Portrait Award 2013 is online.

PLEASE CLICK HERE

By Post: Download the entry form here

and return to:

BP Portrait Award 2013
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin’s Place
London WC2H 0HE

To request a postal entry form call 020 7321 6699 or write to the same address.

Contact us

For further information please contact:

BP Portrait Award 2013
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin’s Place
London WC2H 0HE
020 7321 6699
bpaward@npg.org.uk

BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2013 – RULES

ARTISTS

  • The competition is open to all artists from around the world.
  • Artists must be aged 18 years of age or over on 1 January 2013.
  • To be eligible for the BP Young Artist Award, artists must be 30 years of age or under as of 1 January 2013.
  • The competition is limited to one entry per artist. The work must have been completed after 1 January 2012. No work previously submitted for the competition is eligible for resubmission.
  • On receipt of the application and entry fee, full details of the delivery address for the painting will be emailed or sent to the artist.
  • Entry forms and entry fees must be returned to the National Portrait Gallery by Monday 11 February 2013.
  • All entrants will be notified if their work is selected, or not, for exhibition by Wednesday 27 March 2013. All correspondence with artists will be via email unless specifically requested otherwise. Artists who have not been selected should make arrangements for the collection of their work. It is the artist’s responsibility to contact the National Portrait Gallery if s/he has not received notification by that date.
  • The exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery will be open to the public from Thursday 20 June to Sunday 15 September 2013. Those short-listed for prizes must attend the Awards Ceremony and dinner on the evening of Tuesday 18 June 2013 and are also expected to attend the Press View on the morning of Wednesday 19 June 2013.
  • All exhibiting artists will be invited to the Private View on the evening of Wednesday 19 June 2013.
  • Works selected for exhibition cannot be removed before the end of the exhibition tour. All exhibited works will be available for collection in London at the end of the tour.
  • The copyright in all paintings exhibited in the BP Portrait Award and Travel Award will remain the property of the artist, but it is a condition of entry that the National Portrait Gallery shall have the right of free reproduction of all exhibited paintings for postcards, prints, posters and other products, publicity, educational, reference and all broadcast and digital purposes in connection with the Award, tour and subsequent publications. The processes of the competition may be filmed, and entering the competition constitutes agreement for a portrait to be included in such filming, whether broadcast or not.
  • The responsibility for damage or loss, however caused, is the responsibility of the artist. Artists are therefore advised to arrange adequate insurance cover against such risks. The sponsor, the carriers, the collection point, the touring venues, any other subcontractor or the National Portrait Gallery shall not be liable for any loss or damage, whether or not caused by their negligence.
  • In accordance with the Data Protection Act, 1998, the National Portrait Gallery will hold the personal data supplied on this form securely. It will only be used in the process of administering the Portrait Award, and will not be transferred to any third party. At the close of the Award, it will be retained permanently for historical research purposes in the Gallery’s Archive (in accordance with Part IV, 33 of the Act).
  • Those not eligible for entry are employees of the National Portrait Gallery, BP, and their agents, and previous first prize-winners of the Portrait Award since 1980.
  • The commissioned painting will be submitted to the Gallery’s Trustees for approval of its inclusion in the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent Collection.
  • The winning artist will be required to assign the copyright of the commissioned portrait to the National Portrait Gallery.
  • The judges reserve the right not to award the commission.
  • The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence can be entered into. Artists should be aware that all works are judged on an equal and anonymous basis and that there is no segregated judging by region or country.
  • The National Portrait Gallery reserves the right to disqualify any piece of work if the artist has not adhered to the rules, even if the work has been selected for exhibition.

PAINTINGS

  • The work entered must be predominantly painted in oil, tempera or acrylic and must be on a stretcher or board, preferably framed and unglazed. No watercolours, works on paper or pastels will be considered.
  • The work entered should be a painting based on a sitting or study from life and the human figure must predominate.
  • Self portraits and group portraits are permitted.
  • Paintings will be judged anonymously so preferably should not be signed on the front.
  • Minimum size: 25 x 20cm (10 x 8”) unframed. Any works smaller than this will not be considered.
  • Maximum size: 244 x 244cm (96 x 96”) framed. Please note that we cannot accept any works larger than this.
  • Multi part works (up to three parts) will be accepted and regarded as one work. Please bear in mind the above size restrictions and include full instructions for installation of the work.

DELIVERY OF WORKS

  • Paintings should be delivered to the collection point on the dates listed below during the times specified.
  • Paintings should not be delivered to the National Portrait Gallery as they will not be accepted.
  • Please note that the delivery/collection point address will be provided once the registration process is complete.

Please note that as of 2013, the Gallery will no longer be organising collections of works from different locations around the UK.

The logistical and administrative implications of making the regional collections are no longer sustainable for us and we feel that our focus needs to be on one central delivery point now that we have increased entries from around the world. The Gallery does recognise the commitment shown by artists from around the UK and internationally and we very much appreciate the effort taken to submit work. The Gallery remains committed to ensuring that artists from all regions of the UK are able to enter the competition so please do get in touch if we can offer any advice on how to deliver/ship your work.

The delivery address will be located centrally in London and confirmed via email at the time of entry into the competition.

DELIVERY DATES

London

For works arriving by post or courier: Monday 4 March – Thursday 14 March, 09.00–17.00 (excluding weekends)

For works delivered in person:

  • Monday 11 March, 09.00–17.00
  • Tuesday 12 March, 09.00–17.00
  • Wednesday 13 March, 09.00–20.00
  • Thursday 14 March, 09.00–20.00

No entries will be accepted at the London collection point after 20.00 on Thursday 14 March 2013.

A Gallery representative will provide a receipt on delivery of the work for those delivered in person. Please note that the Gallery cannot acknowledge receipt of paintings sent by post. Applicants requiring proof of delivery are advised to use a recorded delivery service.

UK ENTRANTS

  • Entries that are hand delivered should be left without any protective packaging as this cannot be retained.
  • Deliveries by post will be accepted in suitable packaging.
  • The Gallery will not be responsible for wrapping works or providing wrapping materials for any works being returned.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRANTS

  • Artists not residing in the UK must arrange and pay for delivery of their work to the London collection point on the allocated dates.
  • If works are being shipped by courier, artists must take full responsibility for all costs, including any import customs charges and duties. It is the artist’s responsibility to check with their courier company that their paintings have cleared customs and have been delivered on the allocated dates.

Please note that the Gallery cannot acknowledge receipt of paintings sent by post. Applicants requiring proof of delivery are advised to use a recorded delivery service.

  • International entries will be re-packaged in the original packaging. It is the artist’s responsibility to arrange and pay for collection of their works from the London collection point on the allocated dates.
  • If the original packaging is no longer suitable for use, we can provide packaging materials but there will be an additional charge for this service.

COLLECTION/RETURN OF UNEXHIBITED WORKS

  • All unselected works must be collected from the London delivery address on the dates listed below, during the times specified.

London

For works being collected by courier:
Thursday 28 March

Tuesday 2 April – Friday 12 April (inclusive, except for weekends, Good Friday and Easter bank holidays)

Note that for works being collected by a courier the artist must provide 48 hours advanced notification to the Exhibitions Department to ensure work is prepared for collection.

For works being collected in person:

  • Tuesday 2 April, 09.00–17.00
  • Wednesday 3 April, 09.00–17.00
  • Thursday 4 April, 09.00–17.00
  • Monday 8 April, 09.00-17.00
  • Tuesday 9 April, 09.00-20.00
  • Wednesday 10 April, 09.00-20.00
  • Thursday 11 April, 09.00-17.00
  • Friday 12 April, 09.00-17.00

For works being returned by post:

Any works sent with correct postage will be returned by 30 April 2013

  • Any paintings uncollected from London after Friday 12 April 2013 will be stored at a separate location for one month and the artist will be charged a storage fee. In order to release paintings from storage, all charges must be paid in full and the artist must give 72 working hours notice prior to collection. The National Portrait Gallery will not arrange courier collections or post works on behalf of the artist.
  • The National Portrait Gallery reserves the right to dispose of or destroy any work not collected after one month of the latest date for collection of unexhibited works or exhibited works, without prior notice.
  • The instructions and information detailed here form part of the rules.

For further information please contact:

BP Portrait Award 2013
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin’s Place
London WC2H 0HE
020 7321 6699
bpaward@npg.org.uk
www.npg.org.uk/bp

THE AWARDS

  • First Prize: A cash award of £30,000, plus, at the judges’ discretion, a commission worth £5,000, to be agreed between the National Portrait Gallery and the artist.
  • Second Prize: £10,000
  • BP Young Artist Award: £7,000

All selected artists aged between 18 and 30 will automatically be considered for both the BP Young Artist Award and the BP Portrait Award, but an individual cannot win both. If there are no exhibitors aged 30 or under then no Young Artist Award will be given and the funds so available shall be used to offer a Third Prize.

BP Travel Award 2012: £6,000

All selected artists will be eligible to submit a proposal for the BP Travel Award. The aim of the Award is to provide the opportunity for an artist to experience working in a different environment, in Britain or abroad, on a project related to portraiture which will then be shown as part of the BP Portrait Award 2014 exhibition and tour in 2014–15.

TOURING AND CATALOGUE

The prize winners and exhibition will be selected by a judging panel chaired by Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery. The winners and selected entries will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from 20 June to 15 September 2013 and subsequently will tour to two further venues. The exhibition tour is organised by the National Portrait Gallery.

An 80-page catalogue (RRP £8.99), featuring all the selected artists, including an essay by a leading author, accompanies the exhibition.

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