BP Portrait Award: Next Generation

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BP Portrait Award: Next Generation


BP Portrait Award: Next Generation event Copyright: National Portrait Gallery, London
BP Portrait Award: Next Generation event
Copyright: National Portrait Gallery, London

A new season of events for young people aged 14 – 19
Supported by BP

A new season of events, workshops and summer schools for young people aged 14 to 19 is taking place at the National Portrait Gallery, London, as part of the BP Portrait Award 2014.

Now in its fifth year and supported by BP, the BP Portrait Award: Next Generation project aims to encourage aspiring artists and engage young people with portraiture through a dynamic mix of events, including drawing sessions, workshops with past and present BP Portrait Award artists, and an after-hours private view of the exhibition exclusively for young people.

Following the success of the first Young People’s Private View in 2013, the event returns on Monday 21 July, offering hundreds of young people the chance to view the popular BP Portrait Award 2014, hear this year’s second prize winner Richard Twose talk about his experience, meet exhibiting artist Alan Coulson and connect with other young people interested in art. A showcase of youth talent will be a highlight of the night, with the Gallery’s young advisory panel, the Youth Forum, giving talks and running drawing sessions, an acoustic performance by 17-year-old musician Roisin McNeill, and spoken word performances. A special feature this year is Talking Points – an opportunity for young people to respond to the BP Portrait Award 2014 portraits by writing their own short captions, some of which will then be displayed in the exhibition over August and September. Other activities include drawing workshops, music, competitions and refreshments throughout the evening.

Young people, including the Gallery’s Youth Forum, play a key role in designing BP Portrait Award: Next Generation events to give a youth voice to the programme. BP Portrait Award: Next Generation has engaged over one thousand young people and over one hundred BP Portrait Award-winning artists since it began in 2010.

For further information about the Young People’s Private View and other BP Portrait Award: Next Generation events, please see below or visit

Saturday 19 July
Pick up a Pencil:  
Drop-in Drawing
14.00 – 16.00
An opportunity for young people to have a go at drawing with BP Portrait Award artists and the Gallery’s Youth Forum. Suitable for all skills and experience. This is a drop-in event, booking not required.

Monday 21 July
Young People’s Private View

18.30 – 20.30
An exclusive opportunity for young people to view the BP Portrait Award 2014 exhibition after hours with drawing, activities, talks, artists, refreshments, music and much more. Hosted by the Gallery’s Youth Forum and open to 14–19-year-olds only. RSVP is essential on a first-come, first-served basis .To RSVP email [email protected] with full name, age and address before 10.00 on 21 July 2014.

Saturday 2 August
Taster Session

11.00 – 14.00
An exciting, hands-on session that will give young people the opportunity to meet others and experiment with portraiture drawing. Booking essential and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call 020 7312 2483 or email [email protected] to book a place.

Saturday 16 August
Pick up a Pencil

An opportunity for 14-19-year-olds to have a go at drawing with BP Portrait Award artists and the Gallery’s Youth Forum. Suitable for all skills and experience. A drop-in event, booking not required.

Summer Schools for 14-19-year-olds
Monday 18 – Wednesday 20 August OR Tuesday 26 – Thursday 28 August

11.00 – 16.30

Participants will be able to work with BP Portrait Award artists and creatively explore painting, life drawing and other portraiture approaches in these free in-depth three-day Summer Schools. FREE. Applications close at 17.00 on 25 July 2014. Apply online at

Tuesday 16 September
Meet the Artist

10.30 – 13.00
Talks, activities and portfolio feedback with BP Portrait Award-winning artists for Secondary school groups. Booking essential, email [email protected]

For further Press information and image requests please contact: Sylvia Ross, Press Officer, National Portrait Gallery Tel: 020 7321 6620 (not for publication) Email: [email protected]

To download Press images visit:

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place WC2H 0HE, opening hours Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday: 10am – 6pm (Gallery closure commences at 5.50pm) Late Opening: Thursday, Friday: 10am – 9pm  (Gallery closure commences at 8.50pm) Nearest Underground: Leicester Square/Charing Cross General information: 0207 306 0055 Recorded information: 020 7312 2463  Website/ 



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