Get inspired and be involved with portraiture through BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

What is BP Portrait Award: Next Generation?

Originally inspired by the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, BP Portrait Award: Next Generation is an exciting project opening up free opportunities for 14–21-year-olds to engage with portraiture through the BP Portrait Award. Encouraging young artists of the future, from first time Gallery visitors to those who want to make art their career, BP Portrait Award: Next Generation connects them with other young people interested in portraiture and past BP Portrait Award winning artists.

Since starting in 2010, over 2,500 young people and 170 BP Portrait Award-past winning artists have participated in a range of events at the Gallery and regionally.

I'm 14 to 21 years old, how can I get involved?

Each year, there will be different ways to meet practising artists, explore the BP Portrait Award and create your own portraiture. Find out about how to take part here.

Display and share your portraiture talent online, go behind the scenes to hear about what it’s like to be in the BP Portrait Award in video interviews with artists filmed by young people, and vote in our online portraiture polls.

Contact us to find out how else you can get involved.



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BP is delighted to support this exciting extension to the BP Portrait Award inspired by London 2012. BP Portrait Award: Next Generation aims to motivate and provide opportunities for young people to work with practising artists to explore portraiture. Enthused by this programme we hope to see a future BP Portrait Award winner evolve from this experience.

Des Violaris
Director UK Arts & Culture, BP

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