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Herbert Smith Freehills Portrait Award 2024

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The Herbert Smith Freehills Portrait Award is back at the National Portrait Gallery for 2024.

Event Info

Date & Time

July 11 - October 27

Open daily: 10.30 – 18.00 Friday & Saturday: 10.30 – 21.00

Tel: +44(0)20 7306 0055

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This prestigious competition, showcasing the best in contemporary portrait painting, is open to everyone aged eighteen and over.

Since it began over 40 years ago, the award has attracted over 40,000 entries from more than 100 countries and has been viewed by over 6 million people.

For 2024, three artists have been shortlisted from 1,647 entries submitted from 62 countries:

  • Zizi (2023) by Isabella Watling
  • Jacqueline with Still Life (2020) by Antony Williams
  • Lying (2020) by Catherine Chambers

Entries were submitted anonymously and judged by a panel that included:

  • Dr. Nicholas Cullinan OBE, Director of the National Portrait Gallery
  • Barbara Walker MBE RA, visual artist
  • Sir Tom Shakespeare, sociologist and bioethicist
  • Russell Tovey, actor and podcast host of Talk Art
  • Tanya Bentley, Curator for Contemporary Collections at the Gallery

The winners and the recipient of the Young Artist Award will be announced at the award ceremony on 9 July 2024.

Don't miss this chance to see some of the finest contemporary portrait art from around the world at the National Portrait Gallery.

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