Update 2021-22

The National Portrait Gallery will not be staging the BP Portrait Award in 2021 and 2022 while the building in St Martin’s Place is closed for our Inspiring People redevelopment. We realise this will be disappointing to many, but having carefully considered all of the options, it is simply not possible for us to stage the competition in the way we would wish while the Gallery is closed.

The BP Portrait Award 2020 exhibition will open at Aberdeen Art Gallery on 10 October and we are delighted that visitors will have the opportunity to view this year’s exhibition in person.

The Gallery will continue to find new ways to work with artists and showcase the very best in contemporary portraiture through our digital channels during our closure. Please do sign up for our emails and follow us on social media for the latest updates and information on how to get involved.

Find out more about our Inspiring People Redevelopment