Entry Requirements



Entry and Submissions

  • The competition is open to all artists who are living and working or studying in the United Kingdom and Ireland as well as those of British and Irish heritage living and working or studying overseas.
  • Works entered must have been created post-2000.
  • Works can be in any form of painting, drawing, printing, collage, photography, film, photo-collage, mixed media, and low-relief sculpture and construction.
  • Works must be a self-portrait of the artist, but this may be alone or as part of a group, from life, from memory, from a photograph, figurative or abstract.
  • There is no minimum or maximum size restriction but be aware that exceptionally large works may not be able to be exhibited.
  • Multi-part works, i.e. works in the form of a diptych or triptych etc., are eligible and will be regarded as one work.
  • Works may be signed, but do not need to be signed.
  • Artists MUST label their work with their name, the title of the work and a date as absolute minimum.
  • Artists must upload an image of their entire work, with or without the frame.
  • If the photograph does not show the whole work then the work will not be considered for the Prize.
  • Please note that the selection for the exhibition will be based on the digital photograph, therefore it is in the interest of the artist to upload a good quality photograph.
  • A cash prize of £10,000 will be awarded to a Winner who will be selected by the panel of judges.
  • Submission of work into the Ruth Borchard Prize constitutes an agreement to abide by these rules and regulations. Failure to do so may result in an artist being disqualified from the Prize.
  • There is no age restriction.
  • The Prize is limited to one entry per artist.
  • Each entry has a submission fee of £30.00. Once payment has been made the application will be processed so the payment is non-refundable.
  • All submissions must be made online through the website.
  • The website will be open for submissions from 2nd January – 6th April 2019 (The Ruth Borchard Prize reserves the right to extend this submission window). All submissions will be considered on a continuous basis.
  • All correspondence with artists will be via email unless specifically requested otherwise.
  • All entrants will be notified if their work has or has not been selected for the Piano Nobile Kings Place exhibition.
  • Late entries – entries submitted after the entry deadline will only be reviewed once all those submitted by the deadline have been considered.

Exhibition and purchase for The Next Generation Collection

  • Entrants whose work is selected for the Piano Nobile Kings Place exhibition will be required to send or bring their work to Kings Place, London, N1 9AG between 9am and 5pm on Friday 10th or Saturday 11th May 2019.
  • The exhibition will be open to the public from Friday 24th May 2019 – September 2019.
  • The Winner will be notified prior to the private preview.
  • The judges’ decision on the Winner is absolutely final and no dialogue, correspondence or feedback will be entered into. The judging panel will consider works, regardless of medium, size or any other criteria, equally.
  • Works cannot be removed from the exhibition until the closing date. The exact date is TBC but will fall on the last weekend in August/first weekend of September.
  • Artists will be required to make relevant arrangements for the collection of their work after the exhibition closes.
  • All works must be for sale and include the gallery’s 50% commission in the sale price.
  • Artists whose work is purchased for the Ruth Borchard Next Generation Collection will be notified within the first month of the exhibition.
  • Piano Nobile and the Ruth Borchard Collection reserve the right of first purchase on all works in the exhibition. Piano Nobile and the Ruth Borchard Collection reserve the right to purchase as few or as many works in the exhibition for the Next Generation Collection.

Copyright, Data and Insurance

  • The copyright for all works exhibited in the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize 2019 will remain the property of the artist, but it is a condition of entry that you agree unconditionally that we may reproduce any exhibited works, free of charge, for the purposes of marketing, promotion, discussion and education in direct connection with the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize, in all media and subsequent publications, posters, prints, postcards, and the internet. The Ruth Borchard Collection also reserves the right to reproduce selected images free of charge for core non– commercial purposes, for example in the Past Exhibitions page of the website, indefinitely, as a public record. The processes of the Prize may be filmed, and entering the Prize constitutes agreement for a portrait to be included in such filming, whether broadcast or not.
  • The gallery will take all due care for artists’ work but the responsibility for damage or loss, however caused, is the responsibility of the artist. Artists are therefore required to arrange adequate insurance for the duration of the exhibition and transportation to and from the exhibition. Piano Nobile, the venue, the carriers, the touring venue, and any other subcontractor shall not be liable for any loss or damage, whether or not caused by their negligence.
  • In accordance with the Data Protection Act, 1998, Piano Nobile will hold the personal data supplied during the online submission process securely. It will only be used in the process of administering the Ruth Borchard Prize, and will never be passed on to any third party. At the close of the Prize exhibition and touring exhibition, the data will be retained permanently for historical research purposes for the Ruth Borchard archive. Data of artists whose works are purchased for the Ruth Borchard Next Generation Collection will be retained permanently in the database system of Piano Nobile.

The gallery reserves the right to disqualify any piece of work if the artist has not adhered to the rules.

Although artists may choose to withdraw their work from the competition any payments made are non-refundable.