THE SELF-PORTRAIT PRIZE IS A BIENNIAL ART PRIZE THAT PROMOTES AND CELEBRATES THE PRACTICE OF SELF-PORTRAITURE.
It is the only national art prize to focus exclusively on the genre. Each iteration the Collection invites a panel of prestigious panel judges to select a winner of the £10,000 Ruth Borchard Prize and curate a public exhibition of distinguished entries. Alongside the winning artwork a further selection of distinguished entries are acquired for the Ruth Borchard Next Generation Collection, a shortlist of over 30 works exhibited publically and over 200 artists invited to participate in an exclusive online exhibition promoted and shared internationally.
Artists of all ages and abilities are invited to enter. Submissions can be in any size, medium, form or style. Historically entries have included both abstract and figurative works, the subject presented alone or in a group and, via a range of media; including but not exclusive to, paint, drawing, digital art, textiles, sculpture, photography, ceramics and collage. Previous winners include Celia Paul (2011), Thomas Newbolt (2013), Shanti Panchal (2015), Benjamin Ogbebor (2017), David Dawson (2019) and Lucy Jones (2021).
MAIN TERMS OF ENTRY:
1. THE ARTWORK
Works must be a self-portrait of the artist.
All variations of work - figurative or abstract, alone or in a group, from life or from memory - will be accepted.
All media (including but not restricted to; painting, drawing, digital art, photography, sculpture, tapestry and ceramics) will be accepted and considered equally.
There are no restrictions on size of work entered.*
2. THE ARTIST
All artists over the age of 16 - professional, emerging, students - are encouraged to enter.
In exceptional circumstances those under the age of 16 will also be considered eligible. Please get in touch to find out more.
THE NEXT PRIZE WILL BE OPEN FOR ENTRIES FROM JANUARY - APRIL 2023. FIND OUT MORE HERE >
Click here to read or download the overview of eligibility and full terms and conditions of entry.