Eileen Cooper shortlisted for the Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize 2019

A self-portrait by Royal Academician Eileen Cooper has been shortlisted for the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize 2019, celebrating contemporary British and Irish self-portraiture. Both established and emerging artists are invited to compete for the £10,000 prize, and the winning portrait will be purchased by the Ruth Borchard Next Generation Collection – the UK’s only collection of self-portraits.

Ruth Borchard was a British writer and collector who created a collection of 100 self-portraits made by leading modern British artists – including Michael Ayrton, Keith Vaughan, Carel Weight and Euan Uglow – between 1958 and 1971. To commemorate the centenary of Borchard’s birth, the inaugural Self-Portrait Prize was held in 2011 at Piano Nobile, Kings Place.

The prize is intended to reflect and celebrate the traditions which inform the Borchard Collection by encouraging the development of self-portraiture in British art into the twenty-first century. The 2019 panel of judges will include Sean Rainbird, Director of the National Gallery of Ireland, Professor Deborah Swallow, Director of the Courtauld Institute of Art, art critic and writer Martin Gayford and the 2017 prize winner, Benjamin Ogbebor.

The shortlisted works will be on display at Piano Nobile, Kings Place from 24th May 2019.

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