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Call for entries – 2017 Digital Portraiture Award

By Administrator | 17 August 2017

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The National Portrait Gallery has opened the Call for Entries for the annual Digital Portraiture Award, where an artist will win $10,000 cash and an artistic residency at The Edge, valued at $15,000.

The National Portrait Gallery has officially sounded the clarion call: entries are open for the Digital Portraiture Award 2017! Entrants have until midnight on 17 September 2017 to submit their digital portraits.

What might a portrait look like in the digital age? Now in its sixth year, the Portrait Gallery’s Digital Portraiture Award invites artists to help us explore that question. With the scope for entries broad, the potential for original, sometimes dazzling works sees Gallery visitors and staff keenly anticipating each year’s entries.

‘Over recent years, finalists and winners of the Award have created diverse and imaginative works exploring identity and portraiture through moving digital image.  Created from computer code, video recordings, animation and more, screen-based portraiture reimagines not only the tools artists might employ, but the possibilities of what a portrait could be’, said Karen Vickery, Director of Learning and Visitor Experience at the Portrait Gallery.

The winner of the Award will receive $10,000 cash and an artistic residency at The Edge, valued at $15,000.

The Digital Portraiture Award highlights the Gallery’s commitment to screen-based narratives and digital technology. The highest quality works, as determined by our judges, will be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery from 1 December 2017. These finalists’ entries will also be available to view on the Gallery’s website.

The Digital Portraiture Award 2017 will be on show at the National Portrait Gallery from 1 December 2017 to 18 February 2018.

Entries close at midnight on 17 September 2017.

For more information on how to enter – and examples of past finalists’ entries – visit


2015 Winner: Isabelle de Kleine

Isabelle joined The Edge on a six week residency in early 2016. To find out about her artistic practice and what she got up to at The Edge, check out this blog post and short video: Isabelle de Kleine: The beauty of psychological mis-interpretation

You can also learn more about Isabelle, through her Facebook page.



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