The closing date for all entries is March 31, 2023, midnight!
The judges will select 2023 from the works of art submitted
- a winner of the Ruth Borchard Prize of £10,000 And
- A number of outstanding contributions will be acquired for the Next Generation Collection.
Before you start reading, you might want to know this
- the entrance fee is £38 And
- This competition attracts artists from across the spectrum, including professional and award-winning portrait artists.
Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize 2019 at The Kings Place – in an album on my Facebook page.
|a wall in the Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize 2019 exhibition
at King’s Place, King’s Cross, London
Who can enter?
All ages and abilities can participate. Persons under the age of 16 who wish to participate must have the consent of a parent or legal guardian.
Artists of all backgrounds, established and emerging, are invited to participate. Even if this is your first self-portrait or your first artistic creation, we welcome your contribution.
What can you enter?
You can use any size and medium. I’ve seen some huge works in past exhibitions!
However, these are the details in the terms and conditions
- The artwork must be a self-portrait.
All variants of the work – figurative or abstract, alone or in a group, from life or from memory – are accepted.
- The artwork must have been created in 2000 or later.
- There are no restrictions on the size of the work.
Multi-part works, ie works in the form of a diptych or triptych etc. are eligible and will be considered as one work.
We welcome a variety of media including but not limited to; Painting, drawing, digital art, photography, sculpture, tapestries and ceramics.
|Exhibitor at the Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize Exhibition 2019
(Feel free to give credits if anyone recognizes the work)
How to enter
You can enter more than once – but each entry requires a separate submission.
To enter you MUST:
- Upload a high-quality image of your self-portrait
- Provide all the details about the artwork
Fill out the application form and agree to the terms and conditions. This must include as supporting information:
Artistic statement – 200 words maximum – here you can tell the jury anything you think is relevant to the application and/or about you or your artwork.
Resume (optional) – Whether you’re a full-time professional artist or pursuing a completely different career, the option to upload a resume allows the judges to learn more about the person behind the artwork
Gallery representation (optional – will not be considered as part of the judging process – suggesting that the above two are!)
- personal data and contact information
- pay the entrance fee
This is £38.00 from a UK bank account and £48.00 if paying from abroad.2 The Ruth Borchard Collection and Self-Portrait Prize are funded by a charitable trust and the submission fee covers a small part of running costs The price.
|View of the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize 2015 exhibition at the Piano Nobile|
If selected, how your work will be exhibited
From the entries, 250 artists will be invited to participate in an exclusive online sales exhibition. Shared and promoted via
- an exclusive virtual gallery of the Ruth Borchard Collection and
- Artistic online viewing room
this gives artists the opportunity to present their work to international collectors.
If you win, your artwork will stick a curated selection of outstanding and nominated artworks to be exhibited
The Atkinson Museum, Southportfrom September to December 2023. The exhibition coincides with the Liverpool Arts Biennial.
The last exhibition of 2021 was held at Coventry Cathedral.
As far as I’m aware there are no plans to bring any physical exhibition to London.
Belong to the judges
- Gabrielle Finaldi (Director of the National Gallery),
- Melanie Gerli (Financial Times Art Market columnist),
- Andrea Rosa
(former director of the British Council),
- Stephen Whittle (General Manager of the Atkinson Museum),
- Lucy Jones (award winner 2021) and
- David Borchard
(grandson of Ruth Borchard)
These are the 2021 judges speaking about the artworks submitted to the exhibition. It gives you a glimpse of how jurors may view artworks and what their expectations are – although this year those views could all be different because it’s a different group of jurors.
Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize 2021 Film out of Collection Ruth Borchard At vimeo.