Bristolian portraiture fans take note: images from the prestigious Taylor Wessing Prize 2012 will be on show in the city for the first time from this weekend.

 Image: Mo Farah (detail), March 2012 © Kate Peters

From Saturday 20 July, M Shed on Princes Wharf

will be hosting more than 60 images from the acclaimed photographic portrait

prize in an exhibition that a group of 13 Young Curators helped put together.

Aged 18-25, the Young Curators hail from the

Knowle West Media Centre, the University of the West of England and Young

Arnolfini, a collective of young Bristol artists.

Julie Finch, Head of Bristol Museums and

Archives, said, ‘The museums are committed to working with young people. We

learn from each other; they challenge our thinking; and are our visitors and

staff of tomorrow.’

This exhibition follows in the footsteps of the

Taylor Wessing Prize’s successful run at the National Portrait Gallery, where

it ran from November 8, 2012, to February 17, 2013.

The Young Curators worked with the staff at M

Shed to determine how the photographs should be displayed and how image

placement would affect visitors’ experiences.

One of the Young Creators, Kelly Lear, said ‘I

have had to consider what photographs complement and work with each other to

create a successful exhibition, something I have not had to think about before.’

She added, ‘It was a great opportunity to be

able to have a say in the curating of such an exciting photographic exhibition.’

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

is open to all professional and amateur portrait photographers over the age of

18. Last year it attracted 5,340 submissions from over 2,350 photographers.

The subjects of the portraits entered varied

hugely, from well-known celebrities to people from isolated communities. First

prize winner Jordi Ruiz Cirera received £12,000 for his portrait of a woman

from the Mennonite community in Bolivia.

The Taylor Wessing Prize will run from July 20

until November 3 2013 at M Shed, Bristol. Payment is discretionary. For more

details visit www.mshed.org.