26 May 2020

BP Portrait Award Survives Online – Edward Lucie-Smith

As the National Portrait Gallery closes its doors, not just in response to the Coronavirus epidemic, but in preparation for a three-year rehab, the annual BP Portrait Award survives online, as a virtual show. The 2020 exhibition is now up for view on the web.

11 June 2019


BP Portrait Award 2019 Won By Charlie Schaffer

Charlie Schaffer has won the prestigious BP Portrait Award 2019. It was announced last night at the National Portrait Gallery, London. The painting titled ‘Imara in her Winter Coat’ is a portrait of the artist’s close friend. The first prize portrait was selected from 2,538 submissions from 84 countries. The judges admired the mannerist style […]

29 April 2019


BP Portrait Award Shortlist For 40th Year at NPG

The shortlist for the BP Portrait Award 2019 has been announced by the National Portrait Gallery, London. The prize which will be presented on 10 June 2019

20 June 2017


Benjamin Sullivan Painting of His Wife Breastfeeding Wins BP Portrait Prize

A portrait of a serene mother breastfeeding her eight-month-old daughter has won this year’s BP Portrait Award, winning the sitter’s husband the £30,000 first prize.

19 April 2017


BP Portrait Award Unveils Three Shortlisted Artists For 2017 Competition

The BP Portrait Award 2017 at the National Portrait Gallery, London, has announced the three short-listed artists for this year’s competition.

7 April 2016


BP Portrait Award 2016 Reveals Shortlisted Artists For £30k Prize

The BP Portrait Award 2016 at the National Portrait Gallery, London, has unveiled the three shortlisted artists for the prestigious 2016 prize, which will be presented on 21 June. Of the 2,557 portraits from 80 countries submitted for judging by a panel including artist Jenny Saville and writer Alan Hollinghurst, three have been shortlisted for the First Prize. They are Cambridgeshire-based Clara Drummond for Girl […]

17 June 2015


Controversial BP Portrait Award Won by Matan Ben-Cnaan

The winner of the BP Portrait Award 2015 has been announced at the National Portrait Gallery. This comes at an uncertain time for the BP sponsored prize. Last Saturday 13 June, Tate Modern was taken over by protesters from Liberate Tate an organisation committed to ending the relationship between Tate and the oil giant BP. Over 70 artists […]

20 August 2014


BP Portrait Award To Accept Digital Entries For 2015 Competition

London’s BP Portrait Award will be accepting digital entries for the 2015 event, at The National Portrait Gallery. As one of the world’s most prestigious art competitions, making it quicker and easier for artists from across the globe to submit their work has become a priority. They follow in the footsteps of the Royal Academy […]

3 June 2014


Husband and Wife Portrait Painters Selected For BP Portrait Award Competition

Two larger-than-life sized paintings featuring famous chefs including a seven-foot study of TV chief James Martin are part of the selection on view at this year at the National Portrait Gallery’s BP Portrait Award competition. They were painted by a husband and wife who have succeeded in having their portraits selected for exhibition, which is […]

3 December 2013


National Portrait Gallery Announces 35th Portrait Award Competition

The National Portrait Gallery has announced that it is now accepting entries for the thirty-fifth Portrait Award, one of the world’s most prestigious competition for portrait painting. The Portrait Award in 2014 will celebrate twenty-five years of support by BP. The First Prize winner will receive a £30,000 cash prize along with, at the Gallery’s discretion, […]

22 April 2013


BP Portrait Award Raises The Stakes To £30,000 Prize

BP have announced support for a further five years of the BP Portrait Award, one of the world’s most prestigious art competitions. The First Prize has been increased by £5,000 to £30,000, making it one of the largest for any global arts competition. The winner will receive the £30,000 cash prize and a commission worth […]

5 April 2012



NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY UNVEILS THIS YEARS OFFERINGS The Four artists short-listed for the prestigious BP Portrait Award 2012, one of the world’s most sought after art prizes were announced today at the NPG. This year the prize received 2,187 entries from 74 different countries. For the sixth year, the competition has been open to all […]

14 April 2011


BP Portrait Award Shortlist 2011 Announced

Why the BP Portrait Prize has gone downhill  Every year the National Portrait Gallery in London holds a portrait painting competition. This year more than 50 portraits have been selected for the annual event at  London’s NPG. The competition is currently sponsored by BP (British Petroleum), the award is known as the BP Portrait award. […]