Hennessy Portrait Prize 2014

NGI.2012.19, Colin Davidson (b.1968), 'Portrait of Michael Longley (b.1939), Poet, Editor and Anthologist', 2011-2012. © Colin Davidson; NGI.4573,Robert Ballagh (b.1943), 'Portrait of Noel Browne (1915-1997), Politician', 1985.© Robert Ballagh; NGI.2012.21, Jackie Nickerson (b.1960), 'Portrait of Seamus Heaney (1939-2013), Poet, Playwright, Translator, Nobel Laureate', 2007. © Jackie Nickerson; NGI 19606, Brian Bourke (b.1936), 'Portrait of Tony O'Malley (1913-2003)', (detail). © Brian Bourke; NGI 2007.21, Margaret Clarke (1888-1961), 'Portrait of Julia O'Brien (1906-1987)',(detail). © The Artist’s Estate.

The Hennessy Portrait Prize is a new competition which will celebrate the richness and diversity of portraiture and encourage public interest in the work of contemporary artists.

Open to artists across all disciplines, the Hennessy Portrait Prize competition, organised by the National Gallery of Ireland and Hennessy, aims to showcase and encourage interest in contemporary portraiture. It will raise the profile of the Gallery’s long-standing and constantly evolving National Portrait Collection.

The Hennessy Portrait Prize will be awarded to one artist (a resident of Ireland or an Irish citizen living abroad) chosen by a panel of four judges comprising Dr Declan Long (NCAD), Donald Teskey (RHA), Cristín Leach Hughes (The Sunday Times) and Janet McLean (NGI), and chaired by the Director of the National Gallery of Ireland, Sean Rainbird. The judging panel will shortlist twelve finalists, whose work will be exhibited as part of the Hennessy Portrait Exhibition in the National Gallery of Ireland from November 2014 until January 2015. The winning artist will receive a prize of €15,000 plus a commission worth €5,000 to produce a portrait of an Irish sitter for inclusion in the National Portrait Collection.

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Entries must be submitted to HennessyPortraitPrize@ngi.ie by 31 July 2014.