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.

  • About & Terms of Entry


    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.


    Terms of Entry 

    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.