Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize

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The Prize is open to all artists living and working in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and accepts work in all graphic media, including drawing, painting, watercolour, print, collage, photo-collage, mixed media, and low-relief sculpture and construction. The Prize seeks to showcase a wide range of diverse artists, from portrait painters to artists working in modes far removed from figurative, graphic work, of all ages and experiences who briefly, inquisitively, turn their eye upon themselves.
120 self-portraits will be chosen to be displayed in a selling exhibition at Kings Place, London, from which the £10,000 Prize will be awarded to a winner by a prestigious panel of judges, which this year includes Alistair Sooke, broadcaster and art critic, The Daily Telegraph; Dr Xavier Bray, Director, Wallace Collection; Charlotte Mullins, art critic and author; Marilyn Scott, Director, The Lightbox Gallery; Shanti Panchal, winner in 2015; and Richard Borchard, son of Ruth Borchard. Previous winners of the Prize include Celia Paul (2011), Thomas Newbolt (2013), and Shanti Panchal (2015).
The Prize is a great opportunity for artists of any age to have their self-portrait hung as part of the exhibition: in 2013, the 16 year-old, Atalanta Arden Miller’s self-portrait was chosen and bought by the Next Generation Collection, from the exhibition. The collection is frequently toured and gains public visibility on Art UK and via the publication Face-to-Face. Therefore, we are very keen to see as many submissions from young artists as possible, and recruiting your help will be invaluable in spreading the message about the prize to them!