Since 1990 BP’s sponsorship of the annual Portrait Award has enabled over 5.6 million visitors in London alone, as well as those across the UK and internationally, to be inspired by the best in contemporary portraiture from around the world, free of charge. The company’s support of the Portrait Award, including initiatives such as the BP Next Generation programme, the BP Young Artist’s Award and the BP Travel Award, has also significantly contributed to the career development of more than 1,500 portrait artists, from aspiring young painters to established professionals.


BP Portrait Award Next Generation
photograph by Anthony Luvera, 2014
© National Portrait Gallery

by Annabel Cullen,
BP Portrait Award First Prize winner, 1990