Artists in frame for annual Holburne Museum Portrait Prize
A knight of the realm and a retired vicar are among the people whose portraits have been submitted for an annual portrait prize.
Seventy-eight artists entered the 2012 Holburne Portrait Prize, which aims to find the south west’s best painter in the genre.
Some 43 of these have been selected to feature in the competition, with a display in the museum’s new Roper Gallery beginning on Saturday.
Among the subjects of the paintings are Sir Richard Carew-Pole, the owner of Antony House in Cornwall and a trustee of the Tate Gallery, who has been painted by Devon artist John Puckey, and retired Bristol vicar the Rev Neville Boundy, who has been drawn by Paula Wilson.
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There is a strong showing from Bath artists, with Helen Elwes from Bathford, Karen Wallis of Newbridge, Leo Schrecker of Larkhall and Paul Brason of Beechen Cliff making the final reckoning.
The exhibition at the gallery will run until October 14, with the winner chosen by a panel of judges being announced on October 2.
He or she will be given a £5,000 commission to paint a well-known figure from the region.
People visiting the exhibition can also take part in the People’s Prize section of the competition, using forms at the gallery or voting via the Chronicle’s sister website, www.thisisbath.co.uk.
Holburne director Alexander Sturgis said: “It’s always an exciting moment seeing the entries for the portrait prize arriving and a difficult task to select those for the exhibition. This year has been no exception and once again I am overwhelmed by the variety and thrilled by the quality of the paintings that have come through our doors.
“In this year’s show the portraits range from the huge to the tiny, from the painterly to the photo-realist, and show sitters from babies to grannies. I think everyone will be impressed by the range and quality of the exhibition but I wouldn’t like to guess who the winner will be.”
It will be the sixth time the prize has been awarded and this year the initiative is sponsored by accountancy firm Moore Stephens.
The gallery is also challenging school children in Bath to create their own portraits.
They can be painted or drawn and can include elements of collage. The winning entries will be displayed in the Holburne’s Clore Learning Space during October half-term. Prizes on offer include an art workshop at the museum for a whole school class and individual prizes of art vouchers. All school children should receive an entry form, but can also download one from the website www. holburne.org/schoolsportraits.
Entry to the gallery is £5.
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