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THE RUTH BORCHARD SELF-PORTRAIT PRIZE, London

Piano nobile gallery
Sara Shamma who is famous for her self-portraits is shortlisted this year for the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait prize. The Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize is a biennial award that celebrates contemporary British and Irish self-portraiture. The shortlisted paintings will form a curated, four-month exhibition at Piano Nobile, Kings Place, London, with the opportunity to be purchased by the Ruth Borchard Next Generation Collection – the UK’s only collection of self-portraits. The Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Collection was the life-long project of Ruth Borchard (1910-2000), an extraordinary patron of artists. Between 1958 and 1971, Ruth Borchard collected one hundred self-portraits by British and British-based artists. These were mostly oil paintings, watercolours and gouaches, with a couple of lithographic prints, and one sculpted relief. Dating between 1921 and 1971, the vast majority were assembled between 1958 and 1966. The Next Generation Collection, extends Ruth Borchard’s project into the twenty-first century. Retaining the dynamic growth and evolution with which Ruth Borchard began her monumental undertaking, it is an unrivalled body of work that supports practicing British artists, delineates trends in the contemporary art scene, and demonstrates the diversity of contemporary British society at large. The winner of the prize will be announced at a private evening preview, and opening of the exhibition, on Thursday 23 May 2019. The exhibition will run until September 2019.