The 2010 Holburne Portrait Prize

Home Event The 2010 Holburne Portrait Prize
The Holburne Museum’s prestigious biennial portrait competition for artists in the south west returns in September 2010 to Chapel Row Gallery, Bath

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Portrait Prize Award Winners Announced Here

The Holburne Museum’s prestigious biennial portrait competition for artists in the south west returns in September 2010 to Chapel Row Gallery, Bath, whilst the Museum is closed for a development project of restoration and extension.

The Prize was established in 2002 as a response to Thomas Gainsborough and his eighteenth-century contemporaries, who made Bath one of England’s most important cities for portrait painting. The exhibition will show the best of the region’s artists.  The winning portrait will be selected from the works on display in the exhibition on *Friday 8 October by a distinguished Prize Panel.

The winning artist receives a commission of £5,000 for a portrait of an individual identified with the cultural life of the south west, such as a musician, an artist or a writer. On completion this portrait will then become part of The Holburne Museum’s permanent collection.

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to choose their favourite portrait and the artist with the most votes will be awarded The People’s Prize. Visitors can vote in person in the gallery or online with the Bath Chronicle

*Please note On 8 October the gallery will close at 3.30pm


Alexander Sturgis in conversation with Karen Wallis
The Holburne’s Director discusses the challenges of capturing the spirit of the Museum’s progress, the building and the people, with Karen who has been the Holburne’s artist in residence since 2008.
Thursday 23 September, doors open 6pm for 6.30pm start, tickets £5 in advance from Tel 01225 820829 on the door at Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution, Queen Square, Bath.
You can view Karen\’s work here

FREE family drop-in celebrating the Portrait Prize exhibition.
Join us in the gallery to create your own moving image in a flick book, inspired by the portraits on show, with artist Neil Bousfield.
Saturday 9 October 11am to 4pm, Chapel Row Gallery, off Queen Square, Bath
Tel 01225 820829

Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud by Martin Gayford.
Lucian Freud, perhaps the world’s leading portrait painter, spent seven months painting the art critic Martin Gayford. His book describes the process and vividly conveys what it is like to be on the inside of the process of creating a painting by a great artist. Bookshop talk by Martin Gayford with an introduction by Alexander Sturgis, Director of the Holburne Museum.
Thursday 14 October, 7.45pm reception for 8pm talk, Topping & Company, The Paragon, Bath, BA1 5LS Tel 01225 428111
Tickets £7 by telephone / £6 from the shop, including book voucher.

Image credit: Small Roy Strong by Paul Brason, oil on board 315 x 275mm, entrant in the Holburne Portrait Prize 2010 exhibition.
Dead Man Posing
by David Fisher, winner of the 2008 competition




Exhibition Sponsored by Savills