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ZURICH PORTRAIT PRIZE 2019
31 January – 13 April 2020

ZURICH PORTRAIT PRIZE 2019
31 January–13 April 2020

Enda Bowe: Winner of the Zurich Portrait Prize 2019
Cybil McCaddy with Daughter Lulu, 2018
Photograph – C-Type print, 127 x 101.6 cm
Enda Bowe: Winner of the Zurich Portrait Prize 2019
Cybil McCaddy with Daughter Lulu, 2018
Photograph – C-Type print, 127 x 101.6 cm

Mabel Forsyth and Mary O'Carroll (aged 12) | 
Overall Winner of the Zurich Young Portrait Prize
The new age
Photography on paper
Mabel Forsyth and Mary O'Carroll (aged 12) |
Overall Winner of the Zurich Young Portrait Prize
The new age
Photography on paper

Crawford Art Gallery and the Zurich Portrait Prize
Crawford Art Gallery is delighted to host the Zurich Portrait Prize 2019 in collaboration with the National Gallery of Ireland in Cork for the first time. This is the first time the exhibition will travel to a city outside of Dublin, creating a greater awareness of the national talent on display. The shortlisted works will be exhibited at Crawford Art Gallery from 31 January – 13 April 2020. The overall winner of the 2019 honour will be announced at the National Gallery of Ireland on October 5, 2019.

“Crawford Art Gallery is delighted to partner for the first time with the National Gallery of Ireland on the hugely anticipated Zurich Portrait Prize exhibition. Annually the exhibition and prize giving generates excitement and presents audiences with fresh perspectives on portraiture. We believe it will enable our audiences to make connections with our wider collection and supports our deeper ongoing collaboration with the National Gallery of Ireland.”
- Mary McCarthy, Director of Crawford Art Gallery.

The Award
The Zurich Portrait Prize, now in its sixth year, is open to Irish artists aged 19 and over with an aim to create newfound intrigue and exploration of contemporary portraiture and the possibilities of the medium. The winner will receive a cash prize of €15,000, and a commission worth €5,000 to create a work for inclusion in the National Portrait Collection at the National Gallery of Ireland. There will also be two awards of €1,500 for highly commended works. This is the second year pan-European company Zurich Insurance sponsors the esteemed prize.

Judges for this year’s main prize The Zurich Portrait Prize 2019 judging panel comprises Mike Fitzpatrick, Dean of Limerick School of Art and Design and Director of Cultural Engagement, LIT; Professor Fiona Kearney, founding Director of the Glucksman; and Mick O'Dea, artist and member of the RHA

Every year the competition redefines the portrait with innovative and exciting entries from Irish artists at home and abroad. The exhibition will feature the shortlist as chosen by the judging panel. For the first time this year a special competition for younger artists, the Zurich Young Portrait Prize has been introduced. The shortlisted works, created by young creatives between the ages of 3 and 18, will be on display with the main prize exhibition at Crawford Art Gallery in Cork from 31 January 2020.



Zurich Young Portrait Prize