Over 27 years BP’s sponsorship of the annual Portrait Award has enabled over 4 million visitors in London, and local communities across the UK to be inspired by the best in contemporary portraiture from across 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 1,400 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