THE BIENNIAL RUTH BORCHARD SELF-PORTRAIT PRIZE
To commemorate the centenary of Ruth Borchard’s birth, the inaugural Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize was held in 2011 at Piano Nobile Kings Place . The Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize is intended to reflect and celebrate the traditions which inform the Borchard Collection by encouraging the development of self-portraiture in British art into the twenty-first century.
Open to all artists working, living or studying in the UK and Ireland and, international artists of British and Irish heritage, the biennial prize aims to enable an interpretation and exploration of the self-portraiture genre. Shown alone or within a group, contextualised, abstracted, trailing narrative or defined by the surface of the image, like all self-portraits, these new additions to the genre will explore the idea of visual identity, simultaneously revealing and designing the self-presentation of the artist.
Dr Robert Travers says “The exciting thing about the prize is that it is open to all kinds of artists, not just portraitists. It brings together a wide range of diverse artists of all ages and experience, who briefly, inquisitively, turn their eye upon themselves. We often find the majority of entrants have never even painted a portrait before, let alone one of themselves. Subject and object become one and the same, seeing and being seen in a moment of revelation and self-reflection – it’s fascinating.”