Lincoln’s Usher Gallery launches internationally recognised portrait exhibition

The Usher Gallery has launched a world renowned portrait exhibition, direct from London, today.

Selected from 2,557 entries by artists from 80 countries, the BP Portrait Award 2016 represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting.

Lincoln is the first city outside of London where you can see the exhibition and will run until November 13.

Now in its 37th year, and 27th year of sponsorship by BP, the award has become world renowned.

Featured is the piece awarded first place in the BP Portrait Award 2016, Girl in a Liberty Dress by Clara Drunmond

Featured is the piece awarded first place in the BP Portrait Award 2016, Girl in a Liberty Dress by Clara Drunmond

Second place piece 'Silence' by Bo Wang.

Second place piece ‘Silence’ by Bo Wang.

Ashley Gallant, Collections Access Officer of The Usher Gallery, told The Lincolnite: “I think it is really important to have this artwork here in Lincoln.

“We want to bring the best work here.”

Two artists from Lincolnshire can be found in the exhibition, with Benjamin Sullivan from Grimsby, taking third place.

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

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

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Ashley Gallant with Terri Anne Scoble’s ‘The 271 to Arsenal’ in the collection. Photo: Sarah Barker for The Lincolnite

Artist Teri Anne Scoble lived in Washingborough in the 1970s and 80s.

Teri said: “Being an exhibitor in the BP Portrait Award has changed my life.

“For me to be returning to Lincoln after so many years with my painting ‘The 271 to Arsenal’ means a huge amount to me.”

Deryck and Patricia Dillon, from Lincoln, were the first visitors to the exhibition. They said:

“It’s very impressive, we need more of this in Lincoln.

“It’s very important for Lincoln to have these kind of exhibitions.”

For more information and to book tickets visit the website.