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BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

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

Now in its tenth 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?

There are several 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 are able to join one of the two free Taster Sessions that will be held at the National Portrait Gallery, and can also apply for the three-day Summer School. Similar Taster Sessions will also be available at a regional venue. All events are free and all materials provided.


There's also an exciting private view exclusively for young people.



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


Next Generation display

Shown in Room 33 alongside the BP Travel Award, this display featured selected paintings from last year's Summer school and a behind-the-scenes film – enabling all visitors to see how Next Generation is working with talented young people and what amazingly creative work they're producing.


For 2019 Next Generation participation visit the National Portrait Gallery website for details.