About Portrait NOW!

In 2021, The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle hosts the Nordic competition The Carlsberg Foundation’s Portrait Award. It is the eighth time that the competition is held.

The aim of the competition is to bring about greater interest for ‘the portrait’ amongst artists and the general public. The competition is open to entries in the form of a painting, a sculpture, a video, an installation or a work of sonic art or similiar.

An international jury will select the best portraits, which will be exhibited at the exhibition Portrait NOW! 2021 at The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg from May 2021.

The following prizes will be awarded:

  • First prize is 85.000 DKK
  • Second prize is 45.000 DKK
  • Third prize is 25.000 DKK
  • Special prizes are 15.000 DKK each
  • Young Talent Prize is 10.000 DKK
  • Audience award is 10.000 DKK

The members of the jury are:

  • Christopher Baker, Director, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Nicholas Cullinan, Director, National Portrait Gallery, London, England
  • Mikhail Ovchinnikov, First deputy director, Fabergé Museum, Sct. Petersburg, Russia
  • Pontus Ljunberg, Museum Director, Ljungbergmuseet, Ljunberg, Sweden
  • Mette Skougaard, Director, The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle, Hillerød, Denmark

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Entry to Portrait NOW! is now open open. Register for the competition here.

Artist from the nordic countries can submit their work of art for the competition using the Sign-up from on this website. Artists form the Nordic countries have to submit their portraits for the competition by January 3rd 2021 at 11:59 PM the latest. On this website you can also find rules for the competition and guidelines for submitting the artwork. The exhibition will open in May 2021. Stay updated on Portrait Now! 2021 by subscribing to our newsletter.

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