Entry Requirements

Eligibility and Entry Requirements

Eligibility Overview 

All artists 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 and we welcome a wide variety of medium, including but not restricted to; painting, drawing, digital art, photography, sculpture, tapestry and ceramics.

The submission fee is £30.00 and will be payable at the end of the submission process. The Ruth Borchard Collection and Self-Portrait Competition are funded by a charitable foundation and the submission fee goes a small way to covering the cost of running the Competition.


Entry and Submissions

  • Works entered must have been created post-2000.
  • Works can be in any form of painting, drawing, printing, collage, photography, film, photo-collage, mixed media, and low-relief sculpture and construction. This list is not exhaustive and if your practice is not covered by these please get in touch as you probably do qualify!
  • Works must be a self-portrait of the artist, but this may be alone or as part of a group, from life, from memory, from a photograph, figurative or abstract.
  • There is no minimum or maximum size restriction but be aware that exceptionally large works may not be able to be exhibited.
  • Multi-part works, i.e. works in the form of a diptych or triptych etc., are eligible and will be regarded as one work.
  • Works may be signed, but do not need to be signed.
  • Artists MUST label their work with their name, the title of the work and a date as absolute minimum.
  • Artists must upload an image of their entire work, with or without the frame.
  • If the photograph does not show the whole work then the work will not be considered for the Prize.
  • Please note that the selection for the exhibition will be based on the digital photograph, therefore it is in the interest of the artist to upload a good quality photograph.
  • A cash prize of £10,000 will be awarded to a Winner who will be selected by the panel of judges.
  • Submission of work into the Ruth Borchard Prize constitutes an agreement to abide by these rules and regulations. Failure to do so may result in an artist being disqualified from the Prize.
  • There is no age restriction.
  • Each entry has a submission fee of £30.00. Once payment has been made the application will be processed so the payment is non-refundable.
  • All submissions must be made online through the website.
  • Although no decisions will be made until after the closing date submissions will be reviewed on a continuous basis and artists are advised to submit in good time to avoid any unforeseen difficulties, processing errors or delays.
  • All correspondence with artists will be via email unless specifically requested otherwise.
  • Successful applicants will be notified if their work is long listed for the online exhibition.
  • Late entries – entries submitted after the entry deadline will only be reviewed once all those submitted by the deadline have been considered and may be charged an additional administration feee.

The £10,000 Ruth Borchard Prize and purchase for The Next Generation Collection

  • Entrants whose work is long listed for the Self Portrait Competition exhibition will then be considered for the £10,000 Ruth Borchard Prize and possible acquisition by the Collection.
  • The Winner will be notified prior to the news being made public.
  • The judges’ decision on the Winner is absolutely final and no dialogue, correspondence or feedback will be entered into. The judging panel will consider works, regardless of medium, size or any other criteria, equally
  • All works must be for sale and include the gallery’s 50% commission in the sale price.
  • Artists whose work is purchased for the Ruth Borchard Next Generation Collection will be notified by email.
  • Piano Nobile and the Ruth Borchard Collection reserve the right of first purchase on all works in the exhibition. Piano Nobile and the Ruth Borchard Collection reserve the right to purchase as few or as many works in the exhibition for the Next Generation Collection.

Copyright, Data and Insurance

  • The copyright for all works exhibited in the Self Portrait Prize will remain the property of the artist, but it is a condition of entry that you agree unconditionally that we may reproduce any exhibited works, free of charge, for the purposes of marketing, promotion, discussion and education in direct connection with the Self Portrait Prize, Ruth Borchard Award and Ruth Borchard Collection, in all media and subsequent publications, posters, prints, postcards, and the internet. The Ruth Borchard Collection also reserves the right to reproduce selected images free of charge for core non-commercial purposes, for example in the Past Exhibitions page of the website, indefinitely, as a public record. The processes of the event may be filmed, and entering constitutes agreement for a portrait to be included in such filming, whether broadcast or not.
  • The gallery will take all due care for artists’ work but the responsibility for damage or loss, however caused, is the responsibility of the artist. Artists are therefore required to arrange adequate insurance for the duration of the exhibition and transportation to and from the exhibition. Piano Nobile, the venue, the carriers, the touring venue, and any other subcontractor shall not be liable for any loss or damage, whether or not caused by their negligence.
  • In accordance with the Data Protection Act, 1998, Piano Nobile will hold the personal data supplied during the online submission process securely. It will only be used in the process of administering the Ruth Borchard Prize, and will never be passed on to any third party. At the close of the Prize the data will be retained permanently for historical research purposes for the Ruth Borchard archive. Data of artists whose works are purchased for the Ruth Borchard Next Generation Collection will be retained permanently in the database system of Piano Nobile.
  • At the point of a work being acquired for the Collection all image related rights are automatically transferred to the Collection.

The gallery reserves the right to disqualify any piece of work if the artist has not adhered to the rules.

Although artists may choose to withdraw their work from the Prize any payments made are non-refundable.