BP Portrait Awards: Next Generation

The BP Portrait Award: Next Generation is a dynamic project inspiring 14–21-year-olds about portraiture through the BP Portrait Award

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Now in its eighth year Next Generation encourages young artists by opening up opportunities to meet and gain insights from past BP Portrait Award artists, to make and share their own artwork and to connect with other young people interested in portraiture. 

How can you get involved?

Each year, there will be different ways to meet practising artists and explore the BP Portrait Award.

You can display and share your portraiture talent online, go behind the scenes to hear about what it’s like to be in the BP Portrait Award in video interviews with artists filmed by young people, and vote in the online portraiture polls.

Young artists can join one of the free taster sessions held at the gallery or by attending one of the three-day summer schools. All events are free, and all materials provided. You can also attend a private view for young people only.

BP Portrait Award: Next Generation aims to motivate and provide opportunities for young people to work with practising artists to explore portraiture. Enthused by this programme we hope to see a future BP Portrait Award winner evolve from this experience.
Des Violaris, director UK arts and culture, BP

Sessions for this year have now finished. Please check back next year if you missed out or would like to participate again.

Taster sessions

Fast and fun hands-on portraiture drawing in the Gallery spaces.

Life Drawing

Work from a life model to explore pose, mark-making and composition. Please note: drawing will be from a nude life model. Parent/guardian permission essential for under-18s.

Pick up a pencil - drop-in drawing

Join the Gallery’s Youth Forum and a special guest BP Portrait Award artist  for fun, social drawing in the Gallery spaces. For all abilities, come along when you wish and no need to book.

Summer Schools

Work with BP Portrait Award-winning artists to creatively explore portrait painting over three days. With a showcase event on Day 3.

Private View - Tuesday 8 August

In addition there is an exhibition private view exclusively for young people, an on-site display showcasing the project, and youth-generated digital content including video interviews with artists and participants. Encouraging young artists of the future, BP Portrait Award: Next Generation links them with other young people interested in portraiture as well as past BP Portrait Award winning artists.

The Gallery is yours for the evening. Enjoy the BP Portrait Award 2017 after-hours with drawing, artists, talks, refreshments, competitions, music from young talent and more. Hosted by the Gallery’s youth forum, and open to 14-21-year-olds only.

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