Our pick of the biggest and best UK Art Competitions 2017 with dates, deadlines, prizes, previous winners and entry fee info…
Art competitions aren’t for everyone. Hockney once quipped that ‘you wouldn’t call Picasso an award-winning artist, would you?’ Art awards neither make good artists nor confirm bad ones. What they do attest is that a selection of judges like your work – and, if the art gods are smiling, hand over a hefty cheque to prove it.
If you can afford the entry fees and maintain zen-like tranquillity if your work doesn’t make the cut then you’re in as good a place as any to enter these UK art competitions. If your work does get selected then an exciting exhibition awaits and you can secretly practice that astonished winner’s acceptance speech. Fingers crossed…
Competitions are listed in chronological order by submission deadline date.
A new non-profit art competition that’s a celebration of artists working in: drawing, printing, painting, photography, digital art and sculpture. The overall winner of the VAO receives a cash prize of £1,000, commercial mentoring package, solo show and an exhibition at Chester Arts Fair 2017. Winners in each category will receive a cash prize of £250. Entries welcome from both UK and International participants. There is a submission fee of £15.00 per work (£10.00 per work for artists aged 25 or under) and a maximum of 5 entries per person.
Visit Visual Art Open
The 4th John Ruskin Prize is organised by the fine people at The Big Draw and Guild of St. George. This year’s theme is: Hand & Eye: Master of All Trades in The Age of Jack – a celebration of the artist as polymath (like Ruskin himself). 2017 marks the first year that The Prize will be open to makers and craftspeople, as well as fine artists over 18 and working in the UK. The top prize winner will receive £3000, 2nd prize £1000 and a Student Prize of £1000. 20 finalists will be included in an exhibition at The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield 21st June – 8th October 2017 where the three main winners will be announced at a private view in June 2017. Entry fees are 1 artwork: £12 for 1 artwork, £15 for 2 artworks and £20 for 3 artworks (with reduced rates for students).
Visit John Ruskin Prize
A London based fine art award for emerging and established artists with a global twist. Winners will receive a one month residency in both the FA Eduction of Art and Design residency centre and The Redtory Art & Design Factory (Guangzhou, Beijing or Macau). The first prize winner will receive £3,000, a public solo exhibition at Sunny Art Centre in London, a one month residency along with a show at a partners gallery. Second prize is £2,000, a group exhibition, a one month residency and show. Third prize is £1,000, group exhibition, a one month residency and show. Entry fees are £25 for one artwork, £32 for two artworks, £40 for three artworks and £45 for four artworks.
Visit The Sunny Art Prize
If you’re aware of Aesthetica Magazine you’re probably familiar with the Aesthetica Art Prize. The main prize is £5,000, as well as a group exhibition and £250 of art materials. There’s also a student prize of £1,000 and £150 of art materials. See images and details of previous winners here. Open to UK and international artists with an entry fee of £20 that allows you to submit 2 entries with the option of paying for further entries. categories include Video, Installation & Performance, Photographic & Digital Art, Drawing & Painting and 3D Design & Sculpture.
Visit Aesthetica Art Prize
And so concludes this UK Art Competitions 2017 post. I’ll add 2018 competition dates when they’re announced. Good luck if you decide to enter any and let me know if you win!