Detail from Gerhard Richter, 'Helga Matura with her Fiancé', 1966. Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf © Gerhard Richter 2017 (0182). Photo: Museum Kunstpalast - ARTOTHEK
Painters such as van Eyck, Dürer, Rembrandt, Ingres and some of the most exciting contemporary artists working today, including Gerhard Richter, Bridget Riley, Chuck Close, and Olafur Eliasson, have relished the challenge of consciously excluding colour and creating other worldly and, in some cases, spiritual associations with their works.
Photography (which means ‘drawing with light’) was effectively a monochrome technique until the 20th century and was, from the moment of its invention, intimately bound with painting.
Take inspiration from what artists have been doing for centuries and see what happens when you cast aside the colour spectrum.
Share your monochrome image with us on Instagram using the hashtag #NGSeeDifferently, or you can email your entry to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One winner and two runners-up will be selected by the National Gallery, and will receive:
- Winner: A pair of tickets to 'Monochrome: Painting in Black and White’, an exhibition catalogue, and a three-course meal for two from the Monochrome menu at the National Café
- 2 x runners-up: A pair of tickets to ‘Monochrome: Painting in Black and White’ and an exhibition tote bag.
The competition closes on Friday 17 November at midnight.
Please ensure you have read the terms and conditions below before entering this competition.
Terms and conditions
1. The promoters of this competition are the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, the National Gallery Company Limited, 30 Orange Street, London WC2H 7HH and Peyton and Byrne, Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment, London WC2N 6NU
2. Information on how to enter forms part of these terms and conditions.
3. Entry into the competition is deemed to be in acceptance of these terms and conditions.
4. Please note that this competition is only open to residents of the United Kingdom.
5. Entry is open to any resident of the United Kingdom who possesses an email address and/or Instagram account, except employees or contractors of the promoters or immediate family members of the employees or contractors of the promoters.
6. The competition commences at 15:00 on Thursday 2 November, and concludes at 23.59 on Friday 17 November.
7. To enter, entrants must create and share a monochrome image that makes you see an object, landscape, or even everyday life differently on Instagram using the hashtag #NGSeeDifferently and follow @national_gallery on Instagram, or submit their entry to the email address email@example.com.
8. The prizes will be awarded to one winner and two runners-up who have submitted an entry, which in the opinion of a team of judges at the National Gallery, is the most impressive, appropriate, and relevant. Popularity of the post will be taken into consideration but is not a determining factor in deciding the winners. No correspondence will be entered into regarding the selection of the winning entry.
- Winner: A pair of tickets to ‘Monochrome: Painting in Black and White’, exhibition catalogue, and 3 course meal for two from the Monochrome menu at the National Café
- 2 x runners- up: A pair of tickets to ‘Monochrome: Painting in Black and White’, and an exhibition tote bag.
10. Exhibition tickets are valid until 18 February 2017, 10am–6pm daily, 10am–9pm on Fridays.
11. Dinner includes three courses from the Monochrome menu with paired wines chosen by the sommelier. It is subject to availability; Dinner is served from 5.30pm daily; Prize must be redeemed up to November 30th or between the 4–26 January; Valid in the National Café restaurant only; No cash alternative offered. Value up to £70.
12. The National Gallery and National Gallery Shop reserves the right to change the prize to a prize of equal or greater value.
13. All prizes are non-exchangeable or transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash.
14. The winner and two runners-up of the competition will be contacted by email or via direct message on Instagram. By entering into the competition, the entrant agrees to be contacted by the National Gallery in such a way.
15. The winner and two runners-up of the competition must confirm their delivery address for the competition prize within 1 week of receiving the email or direct message. If a winner and/or runners-up do not claim their prize within this time frame, the prize will be awarded to a new winner and/or runners-up.
16. Multiple submissions using the same email address or entrants using multiple Instagram accounts will be disqualified and entries must comply with the terms and conditions of Instagram.
17. Each entrant agrees that they have independently developed and/or have the relevant authority/consent(s) to submit the Entry and will not infringe the intellectual property or any other rights of any person.
18. All entrants understand and agree that any information submitted with an entry – with the exception of their contact details – may be used for marketing purposes by the National Gallery and the National Gallery Shop, and may be visible on www.nationalgallery.org.uk indefinitely as well as on the National Gallery and National Gallery Shop Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages.
19. Any entries deemed offensive or inappropriate by the National Gallery will be disqualified from the competition.
20. This competition is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram.
22. The National Gallery reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions if the conditions are beyond their control.