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2nd Edition Paula Rego Prize/

2nd Edition Paula Rego Prize

26 October, 2017 to 15 January, 2018

Selection of works: Paula Rego

Curator: Catarina Alfaro

Paula Rego says that one of the most striking events in her life was the prize she received during the annual Summer Composition competition, while still a student at the Slade School of Fine Art in London in 1954. This award had a decisive influence on her commitment to building a unique and personal figurative territory, in which her pictorial creation is inspired by literature. Based on the general theme proposed in the competition - Dylan Thomas' radio play Under Milk Wood about a fishing community in Wales - the young Portuguese student felt encouraged to heed advice that she had received shortly before: paint what you know, or 'paint what's going on inside your head.' In her portrayal of Dylan Thomas' play, the artist drew on her childhood memories of the kitchen of her paternal grandmother's home in Portugal, distancing herself from the geographical reality described by the writer, to transfer her own personal universe to the painting. Paula states today that this prize was the most remarkable event of her life, and gave her the necessary confidence to continue painting in a context that she found difficult - as a woman and a foreigner.

2 premio Paula Rego

From October 2017 to January 2018, the Museum's Gallery 0 will host the second edition of the Paula Rego Prize - an initiative that aims to encourage students from Lisbon Fine Arts School by exhibiting and rewarding their talent for storytelling through drawing. The exhibition features works by young students from that school, chosen by Paula Rego.

The Paula Rego Prize is above all an acquisition prize - the winning work will be added to Paula Rego's private collection. The prize will be announced on November 23, together with launch of a catalogue of the exhibition of the selected works. The competition, exhibition and catalogue are a vigorous incentive for young fine arts students, helping to ensure their full revelation in the contemporary artistic universe. As in the previous edition, the second edition is aimed at B.A. Hons and Master's degree students.


Catarina Alfaro

Programming and Conservation Coordinator of the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego