Artists are invited to submit their portraits for the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2017.
Now in its fourth year, the Hennessy Portrait Prize is open to artists in all disciplines who are either resident in Ireland or Irish citizens living abroad. The aim of the competition is to showcase and encourage interest in contemporary portraiture, and to raise the profile of the long-standing and constantly evolving National Portrait Collection at the National Gallery of Ireland.
A shortlist of approximately twelve works will be chosen by the judging panel, which will be exhibited as part of the Hennessy Portrait Prize exhibition in the National Gallery of Ireland this winter.
One artist receives a prize of €15,000 and a commission worth €5,000 to produce a new work for inclusion in the National Portrait Collection. Two additional prizes of €1,500 will be awarded to highly-commended works.
To enter, download an entry form below.
Fully completed entry forms must be submitted by email, accompanied by a digital image/file of the portrait, before Friday, 14 July 2017. Email your completed form to HennessyPortraitPrize@NGI.ie
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About the National Gallery of Ireland
Established in 1854 by an Act of Parliament, the National Gallery of Ireland houses the nation’s collection of European and Irish fine art spanning the early Renaissance to the 1950s. The collection comprises over 16,300 works of art. The Gallery is also home to the National Portrait Collection (established 1874).
Over the years the collection has developed through the addition of paintings, drawings, watercolours and sculpture depicting eminent Irish individuals who have contributed to the civic, social, and cultural life of the nation. Since 1998 the National Portrait Collection has been enhanced by works which reflect both a more contemporary engagement with the affairs of the nation and a broader range of subjects. These include portraits of Mary and Nicholas Robinson by Mark Shields; Ronnie Delany by James Hanley; Bono by Louis le Brocquy; Maeve Binchy by Maeve McCarthy; Brian Friel by Mick O’Dea; Michael Longley by Colin Davidson; and John Rocha by Geraldine O’Neill. More recently the Gallery acquired photographic portraits of Olwen Fouéré, Bob Geldof and Brian O’Driscoll by Kevin Abosch, and a photographic portrait of Seamus Heaney by Jackie Nickerson. Nick Miller’s portrait commission, Dónal Lunny Playing joined the National Portrait Collection as part of the Hennessy Portrait Prize in 2014.