BP Portrait Award 2020


The 'BP Portrait Award' makes a welcome return to Aberdeen, where it will be presented for the first time in the BP Galleries on the stunning new top floor of the redeveloped Art Gallery. Organised by National Portrait Gallery, London, the exhibition continues to be an unmissable highlight in the annual art calendar.

This year Aberdeen Art Gallery is the only UK venue to host the most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world. The BP Portrait Award represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting. With a first prize of £35,000, and a total prize fund of £74,000, the Award is aimed at encouraging artists to focus upon and develop portraiture in their work.  

See works by prize winners Jiab Prachakul, Sergey Svetlakov and Michael Youds alongside over 40 others outstanding works of portraiture. This year’s catalogue features a fascinating essay by Madeline Ward, our Lead Curator of Art, exploring the art of the self portrait.   

Admission free but advance booking advisable to guarantee entry.

In order to help us comply with official guidance in relation to Covid-19 and to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for everyone, tickets are being released in 3-week blocks and are currently available for booking up to and including 29 October. Further tickets will be released.





Image: Portrait of Fatima by Jamie Coreth © Jamie Coreth (Detail)