Summer is an exciting time for contemporary art lovers in London, the classic BP Portrait Award, organised by the National Portrait Gallery and BP opened today for the public at Trafalgar Square. The prize is the most important painting portrait competition in the world. Held once a year, it allows submissions from all over the world and opens a window for collectors and critics in contemporary art.
"This year's exhibition, featuring fifty-five works selected from a record 2,372 international entries, includes the four shortlisted artists - Ian Cumberland for Just to Feel Normal, Wim Heldens for Distracted, Sertan Saltan for Mrs Cerna and Louis Smith for Holly - as well as the BP Travel Award 2010 winner, florence-based American artist Paul Beel."
The NP Gallery really get the visitors involved with the works by allowing you to have the chance to nominate your favourite and win a cash prize. It really involves the audience in a judges process.
The exhibition runs until September 18th 2011 and admission is completely free!
Don't miss your chance to see some of the world's finest portraitures.