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A highlight in the annual art calendar, the BP Portrait Award 2020 returns to Aberdeen Art Gallery, the only venue to host the exhibition this year.

An important platform for portrait painters of all ages, the prizes for the BP Portrait Award start at £9000 for the BP Young Artist Award and goes all the way up to £35,000 for first prize, making it one of the largest single art prizes available.

This year 48 portraits from the competition will be on display at Aberdeen Art Gallery in the brand-new BP Galleries, accompanied by an essay written by Madeline Ward, Lead Curator at Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums, which exploring the art of self-portraiture. Self-taught artist Jiab Prachakul took this year’s first prize, her evocative work, Night Talk depicting her friends at a bar in Berlin. Organised in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery, parts of this exhibition are also available online.

The works featured demonstrate the outstanding work of artists working in portraiture across the world, celebrating the art form’s capacity for innovation and creativity.

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Aberdeen Art Gallery

Schoolhill, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, AB10 1FQ

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