Talk on BP Portrait Award exhibition expected to be lively

10 January 2012

A free lunchtime talk and tour of the internationally acclaimed BP Portrait Award 2011 exhibition will be held at 12.30pm on Wednesday 18 January at Aberdeen Art Gallery, Schoolhill.

Fiona Mair, learning manager for Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums, will talk about the exhibition which showcases some of the top artistic talent from home and abroad.

The Portrait Award, now in its 32nd year at the National Portrait Gallery and 22nd year of sponsorship by BP, is a hugely successful annual competition aimed at encouraging artists to focus upon, and develop, the theme of painted portraiture within their work. The 2011 competition attracted a record breaking 2,372 entries from painters specialising in the field of portraiture of which 55 were selected for display.

Learning manager Fiona Mair said: “This has been another stunning BP Portrait Award and we have been delighted by the positive response from visitors in Aberdeen. I’m sure everyone coming to the lunchtime talk will have strong opinions on the show and the winners, so I am looking forward to participating in a very lively debate.”

The exhibition opened on Saturday 12 November 2011 and draws to a close on Saturday 21 January 2012.

A fully illustrated book which accompanies the exhibition, price £8.99 (paperback) is available from the Gallery Shop.