Herbert Smith Freehills 
Portrait Award 2024

Painting of a woman in a long-sleeved gold dress standing with her hands on her hips
Portrait of Fatima by Jamie Coreth, 2019 © Jamie Coreth

11 July - 27 October 2024

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The Herbert Smith Freehills Portrait Award makes a welcome return to the National Portrait Gallery for 2024. The prestigious competition showcases the very best in contemporary portrait painting and is open to everyone aged eighteen and over. Since its inception over 40 years ago, the competition has attracted over 40,000 entries from more than 100 countries and the exhibition has been seen by over 6 million people.

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Call for entries

The call for entries closed on 16 January 2024.

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Art has long been recognised for its power to connect and its ability to reflect insights from diverse perspectives. That means embracing differences and benefiting from the unique angles that others can bring to an individual's world view. It's an approach which matches the values we hold close and so we're delighted to continue – and enhance – our longstanding relationship with the National Portrait Gallery. Our hope is that the Herbert Smith Freehills Portrait Award shines a light on outstanding new talent and enables a new generation of artists to emerge.
Justin D'Agostino, Chief Executive Officer, Herbert Smith Freehills