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BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

National Portrait Gallery
St Martin’s Place
London WC2H 0HE

Not only do artists entering the BP Portrait Award stand the chance of winning the top prize of £25,000, they also get the prestige of winning the most highly-sought after portrait competition prizes in the world.
This year saw a record 2,177 entrants, submitted by artists from around the world with 58 selected works including the three short listed artists – David Eichenberg for Tim II, Michael Gaskell for Harry and Daphne Todd for Last Portrait of Mother – as well as the BP Travel Award 2009 winner, Isobel Peachey, who travelled to Belgium and Switzerland to document those people who take part in historical re-enactments.
A huge variety of approaches to the competition presents to viewers a stunning collection of diverse interpretations of the theme. This year also sees the launch of the BP Portrait Award ‘Next Generation’ project, which has been inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and now includes young people in the project, with summer schools and an interactive website  offering new opportunities for learning, inspiration and creativity through portraiture.
The prize winners for the BP Portrait Award 2010 were announced at the Awards Ceremony in June and the first prize was awarded to Daphne Todd for Last Portrait of Mother a devotional study of her mother, Mary Todd, on her death bed.
In 2011 the Portrait Award will be in its 32nd year at the National Portrait Gallery and 22nd year of sponsorship by BP. The award is open to anyone aged 18 and over. Calls for entries for the BP Portrait Award 2011 will open in December 2010.
The BP Portrait Award runs from 24 June until 19 September 2010. Admission is free
Open 10am until 6pm Thursday and Friday until 9pm.

Royal Academy of Arts: Summer Exhibition

Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
London W1J 0BD
About the Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts is an independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists and architects whose purpose is to promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate.
A founding principle of the RA is to ‘mount an annual exhibition open to all artists of distinguished merit’ to finance the training of young artists in the RA Schools. Now known as the Summer Exhibition and held every year without interruption since 1769, the exhibition attracts around 10,000 works, the selection being carried out by Academicians chaired by the President.
The Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission contemporary art exhibition. Royal Academicians Stephen Chambers and David Chipperfield, have selected works for the exhibition around the theme of ‘Raw’. The Summer Exhibition attracts a high volume of entrants each year with over 11,000 entries this year. The majority of selected works are on sale, offering visitors an unrivalled opportunity to purchase original artwork by high profile and up-and-coming artists.
As is the custom the exhibition features work by Academicians and Honorary Academicians and include new work by artists such as Antoni Tapies, Ed Ruscha, Michael Craig-Martin, Gillian Ayres and Tracey Emin.
The RA’s Summer Exhibition 2010 runs from 14 June to 22 August.