The Zurich Young Portrait Prize!

Following the outstanding success of the Gallery's nationwide portrait prize, we are delighted to introduce a brand-new competition for younger artists: the Zurich Young Portrait Prize!

This is an inclusive art competition, open to children and young people of all abilities, aged up to 18, from across the island of Ireland. The brief is simple: create a portrait of someone you know. Paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture and video are all welcome.

The deadline to enter was midnight on Friday, 21 June 2019

If you, or your parent/guardian/teacher have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]


The Judges

The Zurich Young Portrait Prize 2019 judging panel is comprised of Sinéad BurkeHetty Lawlor and Perry Ogden.

Three headshot photos featuring, from left to right, Sinéad Burke, Hetty Lawlor and Perry Ogden.
L - R: © Sinéad Burke, © Michael McLaughlin, © Perry OgdenCredit

Sinéad Burke
Through writing, public speaking and social media, Sinéad Burke highlights the lack of inclusivity within the fashion industry and encourages the industry to design for and with disabled people. Burke has visited schools, workplaces, government agencies and the White House to facilitate honest conversations about education, disability, fashion and accessibility. She advocates for the inclusion of all and challenges officials to legislate with most marginalized in our communities. Burke is currently undertaking a PhD in Trinity College, Dublin on human rights education that specifically comments on the ways in which schools allow children to have a voice.

Hetty Lawlor
Hetty Lawlor is a 19-year-old artist. At 17, she was a finalist of the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year. She won the Texaco Children’s Art Competition in 2018 and represented Ireland at the International High Schools Arts Festival 2018 in Tokyo, exhibiting in the National Arts Centre of Japan. She was invited to take part in the GOAL ‘What on Earth’ fundraising auction. In March 2019, Lawlor was one of five Irish women artists who took part in the St Brigit’s festival exhibition in the Irish Embassy in London. She has a successful submission in the 189th Annual RHA exhibition for 2019 and is currently working on a commission to paint retired Supreme Court Judge Justice Mary Laffoy for the Bar of Ireland.

Perry Ogden
Perry Ogden was born in Shropshire, grew up in London and now lives in Dublin. His photographs have appeared in countless magazines worldwide and he has shot advertising campaigns for Ralph Lauren, Chloe and Calvin Klein. These have supplemented more personal projects including the PONY KIDS photographs. His photographs of Francis Bacon’s studio were published in 2001 and exhibited widely at galleries and museums including The Hugh Lane in Dublin and the Fondation van Gogh in Arles. His first film PAVEE LACKEEN (The Traveller Girl) won numerous awards around the world, and his new book has just been published. Exhibitions since 2010 include: Inspiration at the Sebastian Guinness Gallery, Dublin; Twenty and Decade at IMMA; and Like a Horse at Fotografiska, Stockholm.

The logo for the Zurich Young Portrait Prize 2019; splashes of colourful paint, and text saying Zurich Young Portrait Prize

Zurich sponsors the Zurich Young Portrait Prize and the Zurich Portrait Prize for older artists.

Children drawing int he National Gallery of Ireland

About Zurich

Ireland is Zurich’s location of choice for its pan-European company Zurich Insurance plc (ZIP). Since the beginning of 2009, ZIP has been headquartered in Dublin and it is the main risk carrier for Zurich’s general insurance business in the EU. Patrick Manley is the CEO of Zurich Insurance plc. In terms of domestic business, Zurich focuses on two key business areas in Ireland – General Insurance and Life.

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Brian Hunt, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Zurich

“It is wonderful to see The Zurich Young Portrait Prize come to fruition. This presents a unique opportunity for young people of all ages and abilities to display their talents in portraiture. This new competition marks an exciting addition to the already highly regarded Zurich Portrait Prize”

A family hold up the masks that they created at a drop-in family workshop at the National Gallery of Ireland.
Still image from a video showing a young woman wearing white and seated in a bath full of water.

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