FAQs

When can I submit my work?

Submissions can be made from 2nd January 2019 – 6th April 2019. To avoid processing delays works will be viewed on a continuous basis and artists are encouraged to submit early.

Once the competition is open the end date for submissions may be extended – please stay in touch to be kept up to date.

How do I submit?

Submissions must be made online through this website. The submissions platform will open on 2nd January 2019.

We hope that through making the process online rather than postal more artists will be able to submit work with greater ease and a much faster process for applicants. The online submission process is designed to be short and accessible, and you will be guided through the relevant stages with reminders of important dates. All the details laid out below will be made clear during the process.

Any artists facing exceptional circumstances preventing them from submitting online are advised to contact us directly.

I only practice in my spare time can I still enter?

All amateur and professional artists are eligible to participate in the competition.

How much is the administration fee and where does my money go?

The administration fee is £30 and will be payable at the end of the submission process. The Ruth Borchard Collection and the Self-Portrait Prize are funded by a charitable foundation and the administration fee goes a small way to covering the cost of running the application process for the Prize.

Once payment has been made the application will be automatically processed and, therefore all payments are NON-REFUNDABLE.

What media are accepted for the Prize?

The work can be in any recognised medium including drawing, painting, watercolour, print, collage, photo-collage, photography, mixed media, stained glass and low-relief sculpture and construction.

What are the size restrictions?

There are no minimum or maximum size restrictions, and works of all sizes are considered equally. Please be aware that it could be difficult for us to accommodate extremely large works in the exhibition.

I have never done a portrait before can I still enter?

Yes. Artists across all disciplines are encouraged to take part.

Should I sign my work?

It is up to you whether you sign your work but please ensure that the details are somewhere on the work – i.e. a label or engraving on the reverse stating your full name, the title of the piece and the date of the work as a minimum.

What other information will I need to provide alongside my work?

As part of the online submission process you will be prompted to upload a few details about yourself and your practice. For the initial stage this will be a short biography to a maximum of 1,000 characters, and a PDF of your CV maximum 2-pages.

You will also be asked to upload images of two other recent works to support your application. This enables us to gain a fuller appreciation of your practice.

How does the online submission process work?

For the online submission process you will be required to upload one photograph of your work, alongside two supporting photographs of works in your oeuvre. You will also be asked for a few details about your self-portrait such as dimensions and contact information, including your website if relevant. Once you have submitted your work and paid via Stripe (which will accept Mastercard, Visa and American Express), you will receive confirmation e-mails from the Prize and from Paypal.

How will my personal information be used?

We will keep all your information entirely confidential and only use it to process your submission and for internal statistics. We will never pass it on to any third parties.

How will uploading photographs work?

We will ask you to upload one photograph of your work in its entirety, and should you wish, a second and third supporting photograph. These should be in .jpeg, .png or .gif format and have a maximum file size of 5MB. Whether or not you include the frame in your photograph is up to you.

How will the initial selection process work?

Online submissions will be viewed on a continuous basis. From the online submissions 120 works will be selected for the 2019 Ruth Borchard Prize exhibition at Piano Nobile Kings Place.

Our panel of prestigious judges will select a winner from this selection.

All works will be considered for purchase by the Next Generation Collection.

When and where will the exhibition take place?

The Ruth Borchard Prize 2019 exhibition will take place at Piano Nobile Kings Place. The exhibition will be free and open to the public from 24th May – end of September 2019 (days in which the exhibition is not available for public viewing will be published online).

Piano Nobile will be organising and promoting the exhibition to the press.

If my work is selected for the exhibition, what are the transportation details?

All works selected for exhibition must be delivered to Piano Nobile Kings Place on Friday 10th or Saturday 11th May during working hours. Works remaining unsold following the end of the exhibition must be collected by the artists (date TBC).

Artists are responsible for the delivery and collection of their works and must cover these costs. The gallery is not able to hold onto works that are not collected. Whilst the gallery will take all due care in handling and hanging the works, all risk insurance of the artworks remains the responsibility of the artists. Full details will be passed on to artists once selection for the exhibition has been confirmed.

Who is on the judging panel?

For the 2019 competition the judges will include Sean Rainbird (Director of the National Gallery of Ireland), Deborah Swallow (Director of the Courtauld Institute of Art), Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier (Head of the RAF), Martin Gayford (art critic and writer), Marc Steene (Director of Outside In) and last years prize winner, Benjamin Ogbebor.

When will judging take place?

The judging will occur in the middle of May 2019. During the judging, the panel will award the £10,000 first prize. The winner will be announced at the Private View evening on Thursday 23rd May 2019.

How many works are selected for the Ruth Borchard Next Generation Collection?

As well as the prize winner and runner-up, a selection of works are chosen from the exhibition by Piano Nobile and the charitable foundation behind the Ruth Borchard Collection to be purchased for the Next Generation Collection as a means of continuing Ruth Borchard’s project into the twenty-first century. There is no upper limit for the number of works purchased – this is entirely dependent on the quality of works submitted. These self-portraits will join the Next Generation Collection alongside works by artists such as Celia Paul, Thomas Newbolt, Maggi Hambling, Cherry Pickles and Anthony Eyton. This Collection is frequently toured and exhibited, often alongside the Original Collection, offering an unparalleled opportunity for artists to be associated with leading twentieth and twenty-first century British artists.