BP Portrait Award 2008
Past beyond the gallery archive
12 June - 14 September 2008
- Touring exhibition
by Maryam Foroozanfar
© the artist
The BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious portrait competition in the world, promoting the very best in contemporary portrait painting. An annual competition aimed at encouraging artists to focus upon and develop the theme of portraiture in their work, the Award is open to everyone aged 18 and over in recognition of the outstanding and innovative work currently being produced by artists of all ages. With a first-prize of £25,000 the exhibition has proved the launch pad for the careers of a number of successful portrait artists.
As well as a first-prize there are three runner-up prizes, the competition also includes a special prize for entrants under the age of 30, continuing the Award's role as a showcase for young artistic talent. Anyone selected for the exhibition is also eligible to enter for the BP Travel Award.
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
20 September 2008 - 14 November 2009
Aberdeen Art Gallery
29 November 2008 - 24 January 2009
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
4 February 2009 - 14 March 2009