Lincoln portrait exhibition attracts over 1,000 visitors in first week

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The BP Portrait Award exhibition has attracted over 1,000 visitors in its first week at the Usher Gallery in Lincoln.

As previously reported, the exhibition showcases some of the best contemporary portraits from around the world, and is being displayed in Lincoln until November 13.

Artwork by Benjamin Sullivan from Grimsby came third in the prestigious award. Photo: Sarah Barker for The Lincolnite

Artwork by Benjamin Sullivan from Grimsby came third in the prestigious award. Photo: Sarah Barker for The Lincolnite

Ashley Gallant, collections access officer of the Usher Gallery said: “It’s been a fantastic response to the exhibition in its first week here in Lincoln.

“Local people are embracing the opportunity to see this amazing collection which features incredibly moving, sublimely beautiful and gently humorous portraits from the crème de la crème of the art world.

“We’re the only non-national gallery to host the exhibition this year so it’s a very special moment for Lincoln and the Usher Gallery.”

Photo: Sarah Barker for The Lincolnite

Photo: Sarah Barker for The Lincolnite

Selected from 2,557 entries by artists from 80 countries, the BP Portrait Award 2016 represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting. The exhibition features 60 paintings, by 53 artists.

Now in its thirty-seventh year, and twenty-seventh year of sponsorship by BP, the award has become world renowned and is the most prestigious international portrait painting competition launching the careers of many renowned artists.

For more information and to book tickets visit the website.