Self Portrait Prize

The Self Portrait Prize and £10,000 Ruth Borchard 

Foundations of the Self Portrait Prize

To commemorate the centenary of Ruth Borchard’s birth, the Self Portrait Prize was established. Encouraging the development of contemporary self-portraiture the £10,000 Ruth Borchard Prize and establishment of the Next Generation Collection is intended to reflect and celebrate the traditions which inform the Original Ruth Borchard Collection.

Maintaining Ruth’s efforts to acquire self-portraits from renowned and emerging artists the prize is open to all artists. Reflective of the diversity of contemporary practices there are no restrictions on size or media and no expected form or style.The only requirement is that the work must be a self-portrait. Historically entries have included both abstract and figurative works, the topic of self approached in isolation 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.

Full entry requirements and terms and conditions of entry can be found here.

Every year a prestigious panel of judges including figures such as Sean Rainbird (Director of the National Gallery of Ireland), Professor Deborah Swallow (Director of the Courtauld Institute of Art), Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Hillier (Head of the RAF), Martin Gayford (art critic and writer), Bill Feaver (art critic and writer), Sister Wendy Beckett (art historian) and Jackie Wullschlager (art critic) amongst others, have chosen a winner to be awarded the £10,000 Ruth Borchard Award and multiple works have been acquired for the Collection.

Since being established in 2011 the prize has been held every two years and, growing in strength is now a prominent, critically acclaimed event. Previous winners of the £10,000 award include Celia Paul (2011), Thomas Newbolt (2013), Shanti Panchal (2015), Benjamin Ogbebor (2017) and David Dawson (2019).  In addition to the works of the award winners, the Next Generation Collection now includes works by artists from a range of socio-cultural and artistic backgrounds.