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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.


Book now for 2019 BP Portrait Award: Next Generation summer workshops and events

If you're 14 to 21 years old, come to our summer events. All are free, and all materials are provided. 


Art Workshops


Join one of the all-day Art Workshops that will be held at the National Portrait Gallery.

  • Tuesday 30 July 2019  11.00-16.00
  • Wednesday 31 July 2019  11.00- 16.00

Booking required. More information is here


Similar Art Workshops will also be available at a regional venue.


3-day Summer School


Apply for the Summer School, 13-15 August 11.00-16.30, and take your art practice to another level. Based at the National Portrait Gallery's art studio, you'll learn new skills from professional artists and work with a model to create a portrait. BP award-winning artists will be on hand to share their work and thinking with you. Find out more here.


Private View


There's an exciting private view exclusively for young people on Tuesday 20 August  from 18.30-20.30. Enjoy the BP Portrait Award 2019 after-hours with live music, art workshops, competitions, refreshments and a chance to meet artists and other young creative people. Free, booking required here.



BP Portrait Award: Next Generation is a vital and exciting programme for young, budding and richly talented artists who are 14 to 21 years old. It provides a unique opportunity for them to work alongside famous, practising artists, to be inspired and learn from their skills Our hope is that one year soon we will see a future BP Portrait Award winner emerge from this amazing experience."Des Violaris,director UK arts and culture, BP


 Next Generation display

Shown outside the Ondaatje Wing Theatre, this display features selected paintings from last year's Summer School, enabling visitors to see how Next Generation is working with talented young people and what amazing creative work they produce.


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