Now in its 10th 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.
There are several ways to meet practising artists and explore the BP Portrait Award.
Everyone had a great time this summer. If you're 14 to 21 years old and want to take part, come to next summer's events. All are free, and all materials are provided. Find out more.
Two all-day workshops at the National Portrait Gallery in London and a chance to be immersed in a packed day of creativity. Learning from professional artists, discovering new skills in life-drawing, creating paintings, meeting artists and taking a tour of the BP Portrait Award exhibition.
This practical art workshop ran in August for three days in the art studio at the National Portrait Gallery. It involved learning from professional artists and working from a model to create a portrait as well as learning new skills in composition, lighting and pose. The BP Portrait Award exhibition provided the inspiration and BP award-winning artists joined the school to share their work and thinking with participants.
In 2019, the National Portrait Gallery proudly presented the incredible Theresa Lola, a British Nigerian poet and the Young People's Laureate for London to perform her original pieces inspired by the BP Portrait Award at this exclusive, free event.
The evening was the perfect opportunity to meet and network with artists and young creatives. Artist in Residence for the night was Lorna Scobie who captured the evening and spoke to young people about her illustrations, creating books and how to go professional.
During the event, everyone also had the chance to see two exhibitions – the BP Portrait Award and Cindy Sherman – as well as enjoy refreshments, create art, enjoy DJs and take part in competitions to win Cass Art prizes.
Shown outside the Ondaatje Wing Theatre, the display features selected paintings from this year's Summer School, enabling visitors to see how Next Generation is working with talented young people and the amazingly creative work they produce.
For details on 2020 Next Generation participation visit the National Portrait Gallery website.