• Posted:Monday, December 7, 2009
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Edinburgh hosts BP Portrait Award
Calling all those in Edinburgh hostels! Even if you're not particularly artistic, or profess to have no interest in art of any kind, you still might find it fun to take a trip to the city's Dean Gallery as work by the entrants of this year's BP Portrait Award - organised by London's National Portrait Gallery - is to be featured on the walls of the National Galleries of Scotland for only the third time ever.

The winner's already been announced, Art Daily tells me, and he's Peter Monkman, an art teacher from Surrey, having created a portrait of his own daughter, Anna. Coming in at the top must have been something of a feat as there were 1,901 submissions and 56 of these can now be seen in Edinburgh.

Apparently, this is one very prestigious contest and has acted as a springboard for many young artists looking to start their careers off with a bang. While perusing the art, make sure you check out Dan Llewelyn Hall's portrait of Harry Patch, the last surviving British fighter to have been in the trenches in WWI. He died in July this year and the picture is sure to be emotive.

External affairs director for BP in Scotland Tim Smith said: "This year's awards attracted a record number of entrants and the quality and variety of entries shows that portraiture continues to thrive in the UK and internationally," adding that it's free to get into the exhibition, which is great news for all you Edinburgh hostellers.

And while you're there, it might also be fun to have a quick peek at Paul McCarthy's video, Painter, which is one of the gallery's most popular displays - although it does come with a warning that some scenes are disturbing so be careful!

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