Dazed and Refused

56Entries So Far The First 40 Entries are guaranteed to be included in our 2014 exhibition

Dazed and Refused is now in its fourth year. This unsponsored artist run exhibition has been an excellent barometer of the full range of art that is submitted to the BP National Portrait Competition.

The National Portrait Gallery diplomatically referred to the work in the Dazed and Refused exhibition as simply 'unselected' rather than rejected.

The concept behind the exhibition is based around the idea of a Salon des Refuses.

The exhibition organizers, Bob Sparrow and Adam Laurence , have never had a gripe with the BP Portrait award, seeing their own exhibition as a second chance more than a rebellion.

This year Bob is having a year off which makes it unfeasible to include the large entry numbers of 2012 and 2013. So we plan to exhibit the first 40 Entries without selection and 15 other entries will be selected by public vote. The BP Exhibition also selects 55 artists, in its first year completely by chance 55 artists entered Dazed and Refused. Last year we had a prize for A Peoples Choice Painter on Facebook This Single Post received over 20,000 views and hundreds of votes . We plan to use a similar sort of format as part of our selection process . We want artists that will put effort into the exhibition and its promotion so that this year becomes a far more communal effort. If you are interested in taking part please enroll . All entries will appear on our website which last year received nearly 800,000 hits. We will make a 5.00 charge to enter our social media vote, and a 10.00 charge should you be voted into the alternative 55 Portrait Artists. inclusion on the website is free although links will be charged for.

We traditionally open our Exhibition on the same night in june As The National Portrait opening so we have plenty of time to confirm a venue and the exact format of the vote. For now we would just like as many of you to enroll on our website as possible and get your painting seen.


Paul who has been tirelessly giving out leaflets and promoting the show noticed that some people were so upset by rejection that they had chucked their work into the Thames.This gave us the idea to maybe create a firewall as part of the exhibition where we burn unwanted paintings (using bp petrol of course) Anybody interested in this kind of performance please let us know