The winner will receive a prize commission of £5,000 to portray a leading figure from the cultural life of the South West. This portrait will be added to the Holburne’s already distinguished collection of portraiture which includes work by Gainsborough, Stubbs and Raeburn. Renowned for its eighteenth century figures the Holburne is delighted to now boast superb twenty-first century portraits in its collection.
The 2008 Prize Panel of judges includes the author Victoria Glendinning, John Leighton, Director of the National Galleries of Scotland and the artist Humphrey Ocean RA. They will announce the winning artist on 17 October. The public are invited to vote for their favourite portrait in the exhibition either in person at the Gallery or online with the Bath Chronicle. The artist with the most votes will be awarded the People’s Prize.
The Holburne Museum has closed to undertake a redevelopment project that will see its existing home restored, refurbished and extended through a striking extension designed by Eric Parry Architects. The renewed Holburne is scheduled to reopen in autumn 2010. The development is supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Holburne is delighted that this Exhibition is being hosted by Chapel Row Gallery, Bath.
The exhibition is supported by the Friends of the Holburne Museum, Chapel Row Gallery and Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution.
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