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

What is BP Portrait Award: Next Generation?

BP Portrait Award: Next Generation is an annual project aiming to inspire young people and support their creative and personal development through working with artists to develop their skills and confidence in art and portraiture, taking inspiration from the BP Portrait Award.

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.

Plus check out our regular free events for 14- 21 year olds and join our Youth Forum  to get involved with the future of the National Portrait Gallery.


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All materials kindly donated by Cass Art.


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Next Generation is a vital part of the BP Portrait Award. It's a unique opportunity for young people aged 14 to 21 years to explore portraiture in all its wide and rich possibilities while working alongside famous, practising artists who can teach new skills. Our hope is that we will see a future BP Portrait Award winner emerge from this experience. Then they too will be able to join Next Generation and inspire a new cohort of budding, talented young artists.

Des Violaris
Director UK Arts & Culture, BP

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