Young People’s Private View: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

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14 August 2018, 18:30-20:30

Education Studio


Exclusively for 14-21 year olds

Fully booked

  • Workshop||Young People

The National Portrait Gallery presents an exclusive, free evening with performances by Mercury Prize-nominated grime MCs Novelist X PREM and poet Momtaza Mehri, the Young People’s Laureate for London.

This after-hours event is the perfect opportunity to meet and network with artists and young creatives. Artist in Residence for the night is the incredible Olivia Odiwe whose portraits of hip-hop musicians reflects street and pop culture and BP Travel Award-winning artist Casper White will talk about his portraits of music fans in clubs in Berlin and Mallorca.

During the night, you’ll also have the chance to see two exhibitions - the BP Portrait Award and Michael Jackson: On the Wall – as well as enjoy refreshments, create art, enjoy DJs and take part in competitions.

Don’t miss this event.

Event now fully booked

NOVELIST X PREM © Jordan Curtis Hughes

© Jordan Curtis Hughes


19-year old grime MC Novelist has just been nominated for the 2018 Mercury Prize for his first album ‘Novelist Guy.’ Dubbed ‘The Poster Boy of Grime’, Noveliststarted out performing at youth clubs and MC freestyles on YouTube, before featuring on radio stations such as Flex FM, Rinse FM and Reprezent which allowed him the platform to reach a wider audience and develop his fan base. At 17 years old, he was nominated for a MOBO Awardin the Best Act of Grime category. At 18, he featured on Skepta’s award-winning Konichiwaalbum. The two co-wrote the track titled Lyrics.


PREM is a music producer and writer. Recognised for his distinctive love of ‘wet’ sounding baselines and heavy hitting drums, he made his stamp on music through being abstract with how he approaches sampling, playing sounds and manipulating moods through expression as both a lyricist and composer.

Adept with a keen ear and passion for classic film and film soundtracks, this is easily recognised in his pieces. Quietly honing his craft for some time, with six years as an active producer studying and formulating his definitive sounds, PREM performs with Novelist.

Momtaza Mehri © Lee Townsend

Momtaza Mehri
© Lee Townsend

Momtaza Mehri

24-year old poet, essayist and editor of Kilburn, Momtaza was appointed the new Young People’s Laureate for London in 2018.  With a background in biochemical science, her work has been featured in BuzzFeed, Vogue, The Poetry Review, BBC Radio 4, Real Life Mag and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's Open Space. She is a Complete Works Fellow. She won the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize and the 2017 Out-Spoken Page Poetry Prize and was third in the 2017 National Poetry Competition. Her chapbook sugah.lump.prayer was published as part of the New Generation African Poets series. Her poems also feature in Ten: Poets of the New Generation.

Olivia Odiwe

Olivia Odiwe

Olivia Odiwe

London-based artist Olivia Odiwe has used her art to build up a huge Instagram presence that showcases her portraits of hip-hop artists and famous cultural figures. Her use of vibrant colours and a unique compositional style has her pieces pulsing with energy and life. Her portraits include Kanye West, Jay Z, Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar. Both film and music; especially hip hop, are a major influence on the way in which she creates each artwork and this is often reflected in her clientele; many of which are major players in music and media including: Marvel & Netflix, Atlantic Records, All Def Digital, Warner Chappell Music, Kano, Action Bronson, Coca Cola, Adobe, PushMagazine and Nike-sportswear.

Casper White

Casper White

Casper White

Artist Casper White’s new work comes from exploring subcultures that are not traditionally recorded in paintings: a person losing themselves dancing to a DJ in a nightclub; a fan staring up from the front of the crowd at the band. Casper is interested in the fantasy and careless abandon these environments foster; the euphoria of the experience and the makeup that creates a fictional, idealised version of oneself. This year Casper won the BP Portrait Travel Award to paint the subculture of clubbing in Berlin and Majorca. The work is currently on display in the 2018 BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery.

Part of the programme of events complementing BP Portrait Award 2018.