The National Portrait Gallery Announces the Call for Entries for the BP Portrait Award 2011

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LONDON.- The National Portrait Gallery announce the Call for Entries for the BP Portrait Award 2011, the world’s most prestigious open competition for portrait painting. Entry forms are now available at the gallery website, and the closing date for entries is Friday 11 February 2011. The Portrait Award, now in its thirty-second year at the National Portrait Gallery and twenty-second year of sponsorship by BP, is an annual event aimed at encouraging artists to focus upon and develop portraiture in their work. The BP Portrait Award 2011 exhibition will run at the National Portrait Gallery from 16 June to 18 September 2011, prior to a national tour. The BP Portrait Award is open to all artists over the age of 18, and provides an important platform for portrait painters. In 2010, over 2,000 artists submitted their work and the exhibition, which featured 58 paintings, was seen by over 280,000 people at the National Portrait Gal