Kildare Portrait Artist of the Year Competition

Kildare Portrait Artist of the Year Competition

Are you a keen portrait artist? Enter by 27th Aug.

This year for the first time as part of Kildare's Culture Night we are proud to announce the opening of The Kildare Portrait Artist of the Year competition.

The entries will be received by a panel of well known personalities from the arts sector, including Connor Walton, finalist in The Sky Portrait Artist of the Year 2014, Alison Hurst portrait artist and Lucina Russell, Arts Officer for Kildare County Council.  The closing date for entrants to submit a portrait is 3pm on 27th August. Artists may use any medium of their choice, with the size not exceeding 40cm x 50cm.

Artists will be contacted with results of the selection process by Tuesday 2ndSeptember.  A number of spaces will be reserved for Kildare based artists with the remainder being open to national and international artists.

The Portrait Artist event will be held in the boardroom of Naas Town Hall on Culture Night Friday 18th September.  Doors will open at 5pm with the competition starting at 6pm sharp. There is a viewing gallery where members of the public will be invited to watch as the event is in progress. Over a three hour period with additional time for breaks, artists will create a portrait of a celebrity whose identity will not be revealed until the competition begins.

The collection of portraits will be exhibited at a later date in the historical Castletown in Celbridge, Co. Kildare

A first prize as well as a 'sitters choice' award will be awarded.

Artists will be provided with easels on the day of the event.  Artists will need to provide their own materials.

Entries to be submitted to: Riverbank Arts Centre, Main Street, Newbridge, Co. Kildare by 3pm, Thursday 27th August 2015

Enquiries to: Sharon Fidgeon on

The competition is open to artists 16 years and over

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