What is it?

Portfolio is Turner Contemporary and Canterbury Christ Church University’s annual art competition for pupils, students, teachers and community groups across Kent and Medway.
End of an Empire by Yinka Shonibare MBE. Shonibare was nominated for Turner Prize in 2004. Photo Credit: Stephen White

2019 Theme: Art Rebels

This year our Portfolio theme takes inspiration from one of the most controversial visual art prizes in the world, The Turner Prize, which we’ll be hosting in autumn 2019. The competition will be encouraging artists to break the mould by making new work that is daring, different and will get people talking. This is your chance to explore what it means to be an art rebel, take a risk and find out if you’re one too.

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Who’s it for?

The competition is open to those in Kent and Medway who are:

  • Students aged 4-18 years.
  • Further education students (all ages).
  • Teachers, teaching assistants and professionals working in an educational establishment
  • Current teacher trainee students
  • Youth and adult community groups, including Alternative Provision, NHS Support Services and in patients, Youth Offending Services, Support Groups, Pupil Referral Units, Health and Wellbeing
  • Please note that staff and students from Universities in Kent and Medway are not eligible to enter unless they are currently undertaking a teachers training degree

This year we are excited to offer Portfolio outreach sessions to primary and secondary schools across Kent and Medway.

Deadline for entries:
Extended to Wednesday 20 March Midnight GMT 2019

For more information on Portfolio and to find out about booking an outreach session, please contact Alice Ruby Ross, Portfolio Outreach Coordinator aross@turnercontemporary.org

Why is it Important?

Each year Portfolio provides an important platform for all the amazing artists across Kent and Medway to showcase their creativity. The competition has been going from strength to strength and last year we received over 1800 entries. Having the opportunity to exhibit their work can make a huge difference to artists, building confidence and significantly growing their practice. This year we are excited about how students, teachers and community group members will respond to this year’s theme ‘Art Rebels’. As we prepare to host Turner Prize at Turner Contemporary in 2019, in collaboration with Tate, we know the Portfolio exhibition will encourage debates around contemporary art.