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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 11th 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. 


bp Portrait Award: Next Generation what’s on

Our usual workshops, summer school, young people’s private view of the bp Portrait
Award and other events were cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But that didn’t stop the fun as we went online big time!


Make Art

This is the place to inspire you with ideas, advice and skills to take your enjoyment of art to another level. Join our three artists Peta Taylor, Robin-Lee Hall and Sadie Lee to get creative.


Portrait Insights

For an amazing number of films showing artists talking about their work as portrait painters, go behind the scenes and learn new art skills to help get you started.


Share your work

Share your creative talent! Upload your portrait on flickr or share it with us on Instagram
using the hashtag #bpnextgen


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, the display features selected paintings from the 2019 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 bp Portrait Award Next Generation participation visit the National Portrait Gallery website.