• July 11, 2014 · 7:15 PM
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FREE ENTRY: The BP Portrait Award showcases fifty-five of the most outstanding and innovative new portraits from around the world. From informal and personal studies of friends and family to revealing paintings of famous faces, the exhibition features a variety of styles and approaches to the contemporary painted portrait. The works on display, selected from a record-breaking 2,377 entries, include the winner of the £30,000 first prize as well as the work of the BP Young Artist 2014 and the BP Travel Award 2013 winners.These include the two shortlisted artists – John Devane for The Uncertain Time and Susanne du Toit for Pieter – as well as the work of the BP Travel Award 2012 winner Carl Randall.

Now in its thirty-fifth year at the National Portrait Gallery, and twenty-fifth year of sponsorship by BP, the Award is the most prestigious international portrait painting competition and the popular exhibition continues to be one of the highlights of the annual art calendar.

The exhibition will again be complemented by the BP Portrait Award: Next Generation project. A series of workshops and online resources will offer young people new opportunities for learning and creativity through portraiture.

Gina and Cristiano by Isabella Watling, 2013 © Isabella Watlin


Afterwards we will head to a local pub for more socialising (probably The Lord Moon on the MALL). Members can bring guests but please note that there is a nominal £2 Meetup Organisers fee for each guest attending and for members not holding the Ken's Events Membership card, payable on the evening.


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  • Joan

    Good. Not too crowded so could have a good look at paintings. Well worth a visit.

    July 13

  • Milady

    Great idea for a meetup! Sorry to be missing out.

    July 2

    • Maisie

      What, again!?!?!?!

      July 12

  • terence f.

    Great crowd and an excellent opportunity to visit the NPG in company with a happy drink afterwards.Going earlier might have allowed some / more music.

    July 12

  • Sufia

    Hi Ken, so nice of you to organise a visit to gallery. I really enjoyed it. When I came out of the gallery I didn't recognise anyone, (I think you probably went inside to collect people) I did waited a bit. Sorry I had to go was feeling a bit hungry. See you tomorrow may be?

    July 11

  • den

    Is someone is already around?

    July 11

  • Jega N.

    Sorry, can't make it yet again. Will catch up next time. Have fun, those meeting up today.

    July 11

  • Lakshmi P.

    So sorry I can't join you guys - too much work!

    July 11

  • Milady

    I'll pop in later, if I don't see you at the gallery I'll join you at The Lord Noon. End of the week and I'm gonna need that drink!

    July 11

  • Iain M.

    Looking forward to meeting you, your meet ups come well recommended, Best, Iain

    July 11

  • Iain M.

    Looking forward to it - your meet ups come well recommended, Best, Iain

    July 11

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