The Self-Portrait Prize is a biennial art prize that promotes and celebrates the practice of self-portraiture. It is managed by Piano Nobile, London on behalf of the Ruth Borchard Collection and was established in 2011 to continue the ethos of Ruth Borchard’s original vision into the 21st Century.



    In 2008, Ruth Borchard Collection established a national Self-Portrait Prize. To maintain the ethos of the Original Collection the prize is open to all artists. In addition to a winner being awarded the £10,000 Ruth Borchard Prize a longlist of works will gain international exposure through inclusion in our dedicated virtual gallery. A selection of works will be acquired for the Next Generation Collection and further shortlist of works included in a second exhibition.



    Works must be a self-portrait of the artist. This is the only condition for entering the Prize. 

    Artists of all backgrounds and from any location are invited to enter. All variations of work – figurative or abstract, alone or in a group, from life or from memory – will be accepted. 


    There are no restrictions of size of work and we welcome a wide variety of medium, including but not restricted to; painting, drawing, digital art, photography, sculpture, tapestry and ceramics.


    Full terms and conditions can be read and downloaded here.


    The next Prize will open for submissions in January 2023.