The Carlsberg Foundation’s Portrait Award is presented to the winners of the Carlsberg Foundation's Portrait Competition, which is organised by The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle.
The competition applies to artists in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Greenland, The Faroe Islands, Iceland, and The Åland Islands. This year, Nordic artists will be joined by artists from a number of Eastern European countries. Artists from the Eastern European can register on http://portraitnow2019.com/.
An international jury will select the winners of the competition as well as the artworks that will be included in the exhibition Portrait Now!
The selection of portraits for the exhibition will take place in two phases: A preselection will be made by the jury based on the photos uploaded by the artists upon registration. The preselected artwork will be handed in to the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle, where the final selection for the exhibition Portrait Now 2019! will take place. The selected artists will be contacted directly regarding the hand-in of artwork.
The exhibition will be displayed at The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle from May to August 2019. A catalogue of the exhibition will be published.
Guidelines for registration
‘The portrait’ is understood as a reproduction of a particular person. It need not be naturalistic, but should, however, seek to characterise the person as an individual. The artwork must be based on at least one face to face session with the portrayed. The medium used for this reproduction is at the discretion of the artist.
Each artist can submit one portrait to the competition. One portrait can comprise of a series of works if the series has one theme.
- The combined size of two-dimensional artwork should not exceed 2.0 x 2.0 x 0.25 metres; for three-dimensional 1.0 x 1.0 x 1.75 metres.
- Artwork exceeding 50 kg will not be accepted.
- Portraits consisting of a series of works may not extend the limits for size and weight given above. When submitting the series of works, the photo of the portrait must be uploaded as one file.
- Use plexi glass instead of regular glass in case of framing.
- Artwork made from organic materials will not be considered.
- Video works must be submitted either as a link in the comments field or sent on a USB-stick, and are limited to file formats that can be read by standard computer software.
- Date of artwork creation pre-dating 1. January 2017 will not be considered.
- Employees of the Danish Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle cannot enter the competition.
Online registration and upload of portrait
The deadline for submitting artwork to the competition is 6. January 2019, 23.59. An electronic photograph of the artwork must be uploaded. A low resolution photo is sufficient. Video installations are also registered online. The artist must send the video on a USB to the Museum or submit a direct link during registration.
Upon completing the registration, the artwork is given an ID-number, which you will receive by email. The ID-number must be retained by the artist and will be used as a reference. In the selection process, the same ID number will follow the artwork as the artist’s name is kept anonymous to the jury members.