National Gallery of Ireland welcomes Crawford Art Gallery as partner for Zurich Portrait Prize 2019

The National Gallery of Ireland and Crawford Art Gallery are delighted to announce a new partnership. For the first time the Zurich Portrait Prize exhibition will travel to a second venue outside of Dublin. The exhibition will run at Crawford Art Gallery from January to April 2020. The exhibition opens in the National Gallery of Ireland on 5 October 2019.


The annual competition showcasing contemporary portraiture attracts entries from across the island of Ireland, and from Irish artists living abroad. The exhibition will feature a shortlist of portraits chosen by the 2019 judging panel: Mike Fitzpatrick, Head of Limerick School of Art and Design; Professor Fiona Kearney, founding Director of the Glucksman; and Mick O'Dea, artist and member of the RHA.


Sean Rainbird, Director of the National Gallery of Ireland said, “As the Gallery continues to grow its national footprint, we’re thrilled to bring the Zurich Portrait Prize to Cork. Showcasing portraiture to new audiences at Crawford Art Gallery is a wonderful development in Zurich’s second year of involvement with the competition.”


Mary McCarthy, Director of Crawford Art Gallery commented, “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.” 


Brian Hunt, Head of Regulatory Affairs at Zurich added, “We are very pleased that the exhibition will be on display in Crawford Art Gallery in 2020. The Zurich Portrait Prize has a broad appeal and the fact that the shortlisted works will be on display outside Dublin for the first time is an exciting way to mark the second year of Zurich’s association with the competition.”
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