The NPO

The NPO is an open and fair platform for contemporary artists seeking to develop the character of the portrait. 

The classes are ‘Self‘ and ‘Other‘, with prizes awarded to Best Realist and Best Non-Realist portrait in each class.

Through the NPO exhibition and the online website gallery, artist’s work can be viewed and purchased by a worldwide public audience. All artists will  receive a critique of their work from judges and enquiries made about commissions.  

The exhibition prospectus will illustrate the selected works and will feature the shortlisted artists.



The Debate

To mark the inaugural year, the NPO Debate invites artists, critics, curators and art lovers to explore and discuss the following statement:

“Whilst realism naturally has its place in portraiture, how far can a portrait be abstracted before it ceases to be a portrait, if it ever does? Is there an element of self-portrait in all painting, or, indeed, in all human creations?”

To get you started, three artists have there say on the subject.

A selection of posted thoughts and comments will be published in the Festival Prospectus.

Prizes

Self-Portrai’ Class

Prize for Best Realist work of art

£5000

Prize for Best non-realist work of art

£5000

‘Other’ Class

Prize for Best Realist work of art

£5000

Prize for Best non-realist work of art

£5000

‘General’ Class

Prize for Best Emerging Artist

£1000


Share
Close Menu