This is the fifth year of our annual portrait prize competition showcasing contemporary portraiture, and this year we are delighted to welcome Zurich on board as sponsors. The competition attracts entries from across the island of Ireland, and from Irish artists living abroad. 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 by our 2018 judging panel - Tanya Kiang, Geraldine O’Neill, and Sue Rainsford - and will be announced on 22 October.
The shortlist of finalists for the 2018 Zurich Portrait Prize has now been announced - scroll down to see the shortlist
The origins of the National Portrait Collection date back to 1875. Over the years the collection has been developed with additions of many works depicting prominent Irish individuals who have contributed to the civic, social, and cultural life of the nation. The Portrait Prize, launched in 2014, has further contributed to the growth of this significant collectionExplore the portrait collection
G.B. Shaw (1856-1950)
"You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul."