April 17, 2018

Open Call | Zurich Portrait Prize, National Gallery of Ireland

Application deadline: 22 June 2018.

The Zurich Portrait Prize is open to artists in all disciplines who are either resident in Ireland or Irish citizens living abroad. Sponsored by Zurich Insurance, the aim of the competition is to showcase and encourage interest in contemporary portraiture, and to raise the profile of the long-standing and constantly evolving National Portrait Collection at the National Gallery of Ireland.

A shortlist of works will be chosen by the judging panel, which will be announced in the coming weeks. The shortlisted works will then be exhibited as part of the Zurich Portrait Prize exhibition in the National Gallery of Ireland this winter, 6 October 2018 – 13 January 2019.

One artist receives a prize of €15,000 and a commission worth €5,000 to produce a new work for inclusion in the National Portrait Collection. Two additional prizes of €1,500 will be awarded to highly-commended works.

Fully completed entry forms must be submitted by email, accompanied by a digital image/file of the portrait. Email your completed form to

For more information on the application process and competition rules see

Download the entry form here:

Open Call | Zurich Portrait Prize, National Gallery of Ireland