Portrait competition terms & conditions


  1. Artist must have been over 16 years of age or over on 1 January 2021.
  2. Applicants must be based in the UK only.
  3. Artists can enter between now and 17:00 GMT on Friday 14 January 2022. The competition is free to enter, and open to artists aged 16 and over.
  4. To enter, artists are invited to submit preparatory studies or a ‘modello’ of the portrait of RAD founder Dame Adeline Genée. This may take the form of a head study, either on paper or canvas, along with any sketches of the full portrait or a description of how the final work will be approached. Please upload photographs of your studies to the RAD website. Images must be in JPEG format and no larger than 5MB.
  5. Entry forms and portrait proposals must be completed by 17:00 GMT on Friday 14 January 2022.
  6. A maximum of six artwork proposals can be submitted per applicant.
  7. There will be one round of judging. This will take place digitally via the digital assets and online proposal uploaded at the entry form stage. The winning proposal will be notified of their progression to the commissioning stage in early February 2022.
  8. Canvas and materials for the commissioned winning work will be covered by Freed of London up to a value of £1000.
  9. Artists submitting their proposals for consideration agree that the ideas submitted may be chosen as the winning work to be commissioned by the RAD and exhibited as part of the new building launching in Spring 2022.
  10. The artists or their representatives agree unconditionally that the RAD may reproduce the winning work for the purposes of marketing and promotion. This includes all media including internal and external publications, promotional materials, the Internet (including social media), TV and radio. The RAD may wish to reproduce the winning artwork on postcards, posters and t-shirts sold within the shop. The creation of the commissioned artwork may be filmed, and entering the competition constitutes the artists agreement for this to feature across all forms of broadcast media
  11. The artist will be credited for the use of their work.
  12. Employees of the RAD are not eligible to enter the portrait competition.
  13. In accordance with the GDPR and Data Protection Bill all personal data will be held securely by the RAD and not transferred to any third party.

Registration and Digital Upload of Portrait Proposals

  1. Please note that all judging is completed digitally.
  2. At registration, all digital assets (e.g. preparatory sketches, digital drawings) must be uploaded onto the website alongside a completed proposal form.
  3. Each image uploaded must be saved as a JPG/JPEG and be smaller than 3 MB.
  4. All competition entrants will be notified if their submitted work has been selected by 18 January 2021.


  1. All works proposed must be entered must be the artists own work and take inspiration from RAD founding member Adeline Genée to be considered for the competition. Archival images and details about her extraordinary contribution to the world of dance can be found via the RAD website.
  2. Artwork proposals submitted must be comprised of a traditional portrait format. Acceptable proposal media includes oil, acrylic and watercolour.
  3. The final commissioned work must be created on either canvas, board or paper.


  1. The decision of the judges is final and no discussion or correspondence can be entered into at any time.
  2. A winner and any runners up will be selected anonymously by our panel of judges, with the winning entrant commissioned to create their final artwork in early February 2022, to be unveiled at a later date in Spring 2022.
  3. The competition is judged on an anonymous basis via digital selection from the proposals submitted. The panel of judges are provided with clear guidelines for procedures relating to the process of selecting the winning work.
  4. As all artworks submitted are to be judged anonymously, please refrain from posting anything relating to your application on social media or any public-facing platform.