Self-Portrait Prize 2019

The Biennial Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize 2019



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About the Prize

The Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize celebrates contemporary British and Irish self-portraiture. It offers a unique opportunity for both established and emerging artists to compete for a £10,000 prize, the chance to be included in a curated, four-month exhibition at Piano Nobile Kings Place and, opportunity for their work to be purchased by the Ruth Borchard Next Generation Collection – the UK’s only collection of self-portraits.

For 2019, the winner of the £10 000 prize will be selected by a prestigious panel of judges including Sean Rainbird (Director of the National Gallery of Ireland), Professor Deborah Swallow (Director of the Courtauld Institute of RAF), Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Hillier (Head of the RAF), Martin Gayford (art critic and writer), Marc Steene (Director of Outside In) and 2017 prize winner, Benjamin Ogbebor.


All artists working, living or studying in the UK and Ireland are eligible to enter.

Works must be a self-portrait of the artist. This is the only condition for entering the Prize and all variations – figurative or abstract, alone or in a group, from life or from memory – will be accepted.

There are no restrictions of size of work.

We welcome a wide variety of medium and all creative individuals are actively encourage to enter in the form of their own practice.

Full entry criteria can be found here.

Key Dates

Those selected for the exhibition will be required to courier/deliver their work to Piano Nobile Kings Place during work hours on either Friday 10th or Saturday 11th May 2019.

The winner will be announced at a private evening preview, and opening of the exhibition, on Thursday 23rd May 2019.

The exhibition will run until the end of September 2019.

For any queries regarding the 2019 prize please contact