In 2017, The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle will launch the Nordic competition The Carlsberg Foundation’s Portrait Award. It is the sixth time, that the award will be presented to an artist who has given portraiture an artistic treatment of issues surrounding the identity and personas of real people, irrespective of whether that interpretation takes the form of a painting, a sculpture, a video, an installation or a work of sonic art.

In 2017, Nordic artists are invited to join the competition alongside artists from China. The participation of Chinese artists is handled in collaboration with Prince Gong’s Palace Museum, Beijing.

First prize is 85.000 DKK
Second prize is 35.000 DKK
Third prize is 15.000 DKK
Audience prize is 10.000 DKK
Young Talent Prizes are 10.000 DKK
Special prizes are 30.000 DKK .

The best portraits will be exhibited at Portrait Now! 2017 at The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle.

The members of the jury are:

Christopher Baker, Director, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Sun Guang, Director, Prince Gong’s Palace Museum, Beijing, China
Peter Michael Hornung, Art critic, Denmark
Pontus Ljungberg, Director, Ljungbergmuseet, Sweden
Wang Li, director, Times Moden Art Museum, Beijing, China
Mikhail Ovchinnikov, First deputy director, Fabergé Museum, Sct. Petersburg, Russia
Ólöf Kristín Sigurðardóttir, Director, Reykjavík Art Museum, Iceland
Henrik Wivel, Art critic, Denmark
Dr. Peter Funnell, Head of Research, National Portrait Gallery, London
Mette Skougaard, Director, The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark

You can submit your work of art for the coming competition on this website. Artists from the Nordic countries have to submit by January 9, 2017, 11:59 AM. On the website you will also find the rules for the competition, guidelines for submitting the artwork. The exhibition will open in May 2017. Stay updated by subscribing to our newsletter. Please use #portrætnu if you publish relevant material on social media. We would love to hear from you!