Call for entries to Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize 2021

Deadline April 01, 2021

The Ruth Borchard Collection invites all artists to enter our Self Portrait Prize, an exciting and unique opportunity to celebrate the practice of self portraiture.

The Ruth Borchard Collection was the life-long project of the author and patron of the arts Ruth Borchard (1910 – 2000). After fleeing to England as a Jewish emigré, Ruth Borchard was inspired by personal works of literature such as diaries, autobiographies and letters and was struck with the idea to collect introspective art in the form of self-portraits. Thus, the Ruth Borchard Collection was born. It now consists of the Original, Early and Next Generation Collections. Alongside the Collections, The Self Portrait Prize is a biennial art prize that offers artists of all backgrounds an opportunity to win the £10,000 Ruth Borchard Prize and have their work acquired by the Collection.

There are no restrictions on size or media and no expected form or style. The only requirement is that the work must be a self portrait. Historically entries have included both abstract and figurative works, the topic of self approached in isolation or in a group and via a range of media; including but not exclusive to, painting, drawing, digital art, textiles, sculpture, photography, ceramics and collage.

Our panel of prestigious judges is as follows: Will Gompertz (BBC Chief Arts Editor), Sir Ian Blatchford (Chief Executive and Director of the Science Museum Group), Victoria Miro (prominent international Gallerist), Dame Justice Cheema-Grubb (an honorary member of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court Justice Systems), Kate Bryan (art presenter and curator) and 2019 winner, artist and curator David Dawson. A member of the Borchard family will also be present and together the judges will select a winner of the £10,000 prize.

The longlisted works will gain international exposure through inclusion in a dedicated online exhibition that will be shared and promoted across major art selling platforms. A selection of works from the longlist will be acquired for the Collection. A shortlist of works will be selected for a curated exhibition at Coventry Cathedral. The exhibition is due to open in May 2021 alongside the opening celebrations of Coventry UK City of Culture.