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Could You Win The Bulldog Bursary For Portrait Painting?

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Sarah Jane Moon, oil on canvas, 2012

Do You Fancy Training As A Portrait Painter With The Bulldog Bursary?

The Bulldog Bursary 2014 is open for applications.  The bursary aims, through the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, to help develop the talent of an emerging portrait artist.

Worth £5,000 it also provides the winning artist with the opportunity to be mentored by the Members of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.  This is undoubtedly a huge honour and having all their experience and knowledge on hand is priceless.  The winner is also invited to show at the following year’s annual exhibition.

Who Is Behind The Bulldog Bursary? 

In 1891 a group of artists, frustrated by the elitist attitude of the Royal Academy, formed a society devoted to the development of portrait painting.  This later became the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and is now a registered charity.

Their aim is “to encourage the appreciation, study and practice of the art of portraiture.”

The society holds an annual exhibition and has a permanent collection.  Major prizes are awarded through the annual exhibition with The Bulldog Bursary being run alongside.

How Do I Enter The Bulldog Bursary?

To enter you must upload two images.  They can be drawings or paintings.


To apply you must be 18 or over and live or work in the UK or EU.

The deadline for The Bulldog Bursary is high noon on Monday 19th May.

After reviewing the entries the Society will call a shortlist of applicants to interview in early July 2014.  Artists will be asked to bring a portfolio of work and a statement detailing how they intend to use the Bulldog Bursary.

If you need some art supplies then shop online with Pullingers Art Shop for your Painting and Drawing materials.  Old Holland Oil Paints have a good range for skin tones.  We have great deals on paint, brushes and canvas online and in-store.

Good Luck!

Who Won 2013’s Bulldog Bursary?


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Sarah Jane Moon, Bulldog Bursary winner 2013.

Winning the Bulldog Bursary would be a great start to any portrait artist’s career.  Sarah Jane Moon (what a great name) won the 2013 Bulldog Bursary.  Sarah said, “I am very pleased and grateful to be awarded the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Bulldog Bursary 2013, especially given the calibre of other shortlisted artists.”

The competition was very close last year and it was decided that all shortlisted artists would show in this year’s annual exhibition in May.

Have you or are you thinking of entering?  Let us know if you are called to interview and are shortlisted.

Remember to send us your images and works in progress!

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