Zurich Portrait Prize

Zurich Portrait Prize

The competition is now closed. Deadline for entries was 22 June 2018.

The competition is open to artists working in all disciplines and media who are either resident in Ireland or Irish citizens living abroad. The aim of the Zurich Portrait Prize 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. 

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.

An exhibition of the shortlisted portraits will go on display in October 2018.

Edward A. McGuire (1932-1986), 'Portrait of Seamus Heaney (1939-2013), Poet', 1974. © National Gallery of Ireland.

National Portrait Collection

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 collection

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G.B. Shaw (1856-1950)

"You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul."

Head of the statue of George Bernard Shaw. © National Gallery of Ireland.