The Ruth Borchard Biennial Self Portrait Prize, 2019

How do you see yourself? Over one-hundred artists answered that question in the 2019 Self-Portrait Prize exhibition.

The work displayed was selected from over a thousand competing entries and the prize winner awarded £10,000. For 2019, the prize judges where Sean Rainbird (Director of the National Gallery of Ireland), Professor Deborah Swallow (Director of the Courtauld Institute of Art), Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Hillier (Chief of the Air Staff, RAF), Martin Gayford (art critic and writer), Marc Steene (Director of Outside In), Benjamin Ogbebor (winner of the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize 2017) and Nuphar Yehiel (Ruth Borchard’s granddaughter). Previous winners have included Celia Paul (2011), Thomas Newbolt (2013) and Shanti Panchal (2015).

The prize’s charity partner for 2019 is Outside In. Outside In helps to include people in the art world who might otherwise be excluded on grounds of ill health, disability, isolation and social circumstances. The prize’s institutional partner this year is the Courtauld Institute of Art, an independent college of the University of London specialising in art history.

The prize has been held biennially since 2011 to promote self-portraiture in Britain and Ireland. It is organised by Piano Nobile and the Ruth Borchard Collection. The Original Collection consists of one-hundred self-portraits acquired by Ruth Borchard between 1958 and 1971. Continuing her legacy, the prize encourages contemporary artists to engage with self-portraiture. The self-portrait collection continues to grow each year, and some of the work on display here has been acquired for the Next Generation Collection.


The next prize will open for submissions in 2021.