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BP Portrait Award 2019 Tour

  • Thursday 30 January 2020, 6.30pm or 7pm
£ 14.00

Sold out online. Please contact the Friends Office on 0300 003 0062 to check further availability or be added to the waiting list.


We welcome back the BP Portrait Award to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. The Award is the most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world and represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting. Over the years more than 40,000 entries from at least 100 countries have been received. Friends will have the opportunity to view the exhibition and hear about the works and artists with tours led by Christopher Baker, Director of European and Scottish Art and Portraiture, and a former judge of the competition.

  • Group One (6.30pm): Tour of the exhibition 6.30-7.15pm, followed by a glass of wine
  • Group Two (7pm): Glass of wine on arrival, tour of the exhibition at 7.15pm

Brendan H Johnston, Arcus, 2018, © Brendan H Johnston

Event accessibility

Event accessibility

  • Large print labels
  • Wheelchair access

Gallery facilities

A full accessibility guide is available at

We provide a sensory map of the building to help visitors identify areas with changes in light, smells and noise. It locates seating areas and less crowded, quieter spaces. Printed copies are available from the front desk at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Public toilets
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Buggy park
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack

Getting here

Located in the city centre on Queen Street, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is easy to access.

In addition to the transport options below there are bike racks at each site and Just Eat Cycle Hire stations nearby.

  • Open daily, 10am-5pm
1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD

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