UK Art Competitions 2020 – 2021

By November 26th, 2020Competitions

Our pick of the biggest and best UK Art Competitions 2020 – 2021 with dates, deadlines, prizes and entry fees…

Art competitions are not 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 the 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 a zen-like tranquillity if your work doesn’t make the cut then you’re all set enter these UK art competitions. If your work does get selected then an exciting exhibition awaits and you can practice that astonished winner’s acceptance speech. Fingers crossed… Competitions are listed in chronological order by submission deadline date.

Space Artist Awards

Space Artist Awards

18 x £5,000 to under-represented visual artists and those suffering from extreme financial hardship, to help progress their practice at this challenging time.

Deadline: 1st December, 2020 enter now!
Awards:
  • £5,000 Awards: (12 artists will each receive £5,000 to support the next stage of their practice.)
  • £5,000 Studio Awards: (3 x £5,000 awards & 12 months free studio in Hackney, Colchester or Ilford)
  • £5,000 Associate Awards: (3 x £5,000 awards & invited to advise on programmes at SPACE)
Medium: Any medium.
Eligibility: Artists in the first 10 years of practising, post-higher education, whose ethnicity, disability or socio-economic background may have affected career advancement. Artists of all minority and ethnic backgrounds and/or who are enduring financial difficulty. Must live or work in Camden, Colchester, Greenwich, Hackney, Islington, Newham, Redbridge, Southwark or Tower Hamlets.
Entry Fee: No entry fee
Website: spacestudios.org.uk

The Pastel Society

The Pastel Society Exhibition

The Pastel Society seeks the best in contemporary dry media, combining traditional skills with creative originality for their Annual Exhibition.

Deadline: 4th December 2020 enter now!
Shortlist: 18th December 2020
Prizes:
  • Yoshimoto Prize: £1,000 best work by a non member)
  • Unison Young Artist Award: £500 (and set of 72 pastels)
  • Charles Pears Award: £500
  • Annie Longley Award: £250
  • Pastel Society Young Artist Award: £200
  • Art Critic Award: £50
  • Derwent Award: £1,000 (art materials value)
  • Various other awards and prizes.
Exhibition: Mall Galleries, London (27 Jan – 13 Feb)
Medium: Pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, pencil, conte, sanguine, or any dry media.
Eligibility: UK and international artists (18+)
Entry Fee: £18 per work, £12 if under 35 (max 6 artworks)
Website: mallgalleries.org.uk

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Royal Society of British Artists

Royal Society of British Artists

Invites painters, sculptors and printmakers to submit work for the Society’s Annual Exhibition 2021 with a prize fund of over £5,000.

Deadline: 8th January 2021 enter now!
Shortlist: 22nd January 2021
Prizes:
  • de Laszlo Foundation Prize: £1,500 (best artwork from life by an artist aged 35 or under)
  • Peter Kelly Commemorative Prize: £500
  • Surgeon’s Prize: £500
  • Patron’s Prize: £500
  • Ronald Morgan Memorial Awar: £250
  • Winsor & Newton Painting Award: £500 (art materials value)
  • Various other awards and prizes.
Exhibition: Mall Galleries, London(4 – 20 Mar)
Medium: Any medium including sculpture and original prints.
Eligibility: UK and international artists (18+)
Entry Fee: £18 per work, £12 if under 35 (max 6 artworks)
Website: mallgalleries.org.uk

Royal Society of Portrait Painters Award

Royal Society Of Portrait Painters Award

Annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in Central London will bring together over 200 portraits competing for a share of the £23,000 prize fund.

Deadline: 15th January 2021 enter now!
Shortlist: 29th January
Prizes:
  • Ondaatje Prize: £10,000 (most distinguished portrait in exhibition)
  • The de Laszlo Foundation Award: : £3000 (best portrait by artist 35 and under)
  • Prince of Wales Award: £2000 (for portrait drawing)
  • RP Prize: £2000 (for best small portrait 15″ x 12″ max)
  • Burke’s Peerage Foundation Award: £2000 (classically inspired portraiture)
  • Contemporary Arts Trust Award: £1000 (most deserving artist)
  • Smallwood Architects Prize: £1000 (architectural or interior features play important part)
Exhibition: Mall Galleries, London (May 2021)
Medium: Paintings, drawings and original prints (excluding sculpture and photography)
Eligibility: UK & International artists (over 18)
Entry Fee: £20 per work, £14 if under 35 (max 3)
Website: therp.artopps.co.uk/

Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2021

Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2021

Entering its seventh year, with an increased prize fund of £10,000, the Ashurst Prize is open to artists working across all genres, styles and backgrounds.

Deadline: 17th January 2021 enter now!
Feedback: Enter by 29th November 2020 to receive detailed written feedback on your entry
Shortlist: March 2021
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £3,000 (plus £500 Cass Art voucher)
  • Sculpture Award: £1,750 (plus £250 Cass Art voucher)
  • Choice Award: £1,500 (plus £250 Cass Art voucher)
  • Photography Award: £1,500 (voucher from Genesis Imaging & £500 cash)
  • New Media Art Award: £1,500 (cash prize)
  • Emerging Artist: £1,250 (plus £250 Cass Art voucher)
  • Exhibitions: 3 month shows in London
  • Group Show: for Shortlisted Artists, Sep-Dec 2021
Exhibition: Ashurst London HQ (Apr-Aug 2021)
Medium: Any medium
Eligibility: UK & International artists (no age restrictions)
Entry Fee: £20 for 1st artwork (£10 per additional artwork, max 5.)
Website: artprize.co.uk

Portrait Artist of the Year 2021

Portrait Artist of the Year 2021

If you’re game for taking part in the biennial portrait painting series on Sky Arts then filming takes place at Battersea Arts Centre a year before broadcast.

Deadline: 29th January 2021 enter now!
Shortlist: February 2021
Prizes:
  • First Prize Commission: £10,000 (plus £500 art materials from Cass Art)
Filming: March 2021 at Battersea Arts Centre
Medium: Any material excluding photography, video, sculpture and digital media.
Eligibility: UK Residents  (for at least year, over 16)
Entry Fee: No Entry Fee (1 maximum)
Website: skyartsartistoftheyear.tv

John Byrne Award

The John Byrne Award

On a mission to become the largest and most inclusive arts competition in Scotland rewarding creativity and curiosity with quarterly and annual awards.

Deadline: 31st January 2020 enter now!
Shortlist: Announced February 2021
Prizes:
  • Annual Prize: £7500 (quarterly entries are automatically entered for annual award in January)
  • Quarterly Prize: £500 (quarterly prizes of £500 in April, July, and October)
Theme: Encourage the questioning and development of values appropriate to our modern age.
Medium: All disciplines from visual art to written work, film & musical composition.
Eligibility: Scottish based artists (16+)
Website: johnbyrneaward.org.uk

Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours - UK Art Competition

Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours

One of the longest standing UK art prizes at over 200 years old! Celebrates the best in contemporary watercolour and watermedia painting.

Deadline: 5th February, 2021 enter now!
Shortlist: 19th February 2021
Prizes:
  • Winsor & Newton Award: £3,000
  • Winsor & Newton Product Prize: £1,000 (worth of art materials)
  • Leathersellers’ Prize: £1,000 (for artists aged 18 to 30)
  • President’s Choice Award: £750
  • Baohong Artists’ Watercolour Paper Prizes: £250 (2 x £250 prizes)
  • Cass Art Prize: £250 (for the most innovative use of colour)
  • Chaoshan Watercolour Award: £250 (for the best classically inspired watercolour)
Exhibition: Mall Galleries, London 1-15th April 2021)
Medium: Watercolour or water-soluble mediums including watercolour, acrylic, ink or gouache (excluding water-soluble oils) painted on paper or paper based support.
Eligibility: UK & International artists (over 18)
Entry Fee: £18 per work, £12 if under 35 (max 3)
Website: mallgalleries.org.uk

Wildlife Artist Of The Year

Wildlife Artist of the Year

Established in 2008 the awards has raised more than £1.2m to fund David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and celebrate our planet’s wildlife.

Deadline: 15th February 2021 enter now!
Shortlist: TBC
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £10,000 (£5,000 cash prize and £5,000 conservation voucher to be donated in the winner’s name to a DSWF species of their choice)
  • Runner Up: £2,000
  • Category Winners: £500 (Several £500 awards across various categories)
Exhibition: Virtual Exhibition (from 25th May 2021)
Medium: Any medium excluding photography, film and digitally created images.
Eligibility: UK & International artists (over 17, Human Impact Category for ages 16-22)
Entry Fee: £25 (£15 for further entries & Human Impact category, no limit on entries.)
Website: davidshepherd.org

First Plinth: Public Art Award 2021

First Plinth: Public Art Award 2021

£15k commission to produce a large-scale sculpture for the sculpture terrace at Dora House before moving to a second site at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Deadline: 15th February 2021 enter now!
Shortlist: Week commencing 1st March 2021
Prizes:
  • Commission: £15,000 (£15,000 to produce a large-scale sculpture)
Sites: Royal Society of Sculptors & Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Medium: Sculpture to meet site requirements.
Theme: Resolve
Eligibility: UK & International artists
Entry Fee: £32.50  non-members, members £22.50)
Website: firstplinth.artopps.co.uk

The Royal Scottish Academy of Art - Open Exhibition

RSA Annual Exhibition 2020

Now in its 194th year this Edinburgh exhibition has evolved over the years, showcasing Scottish art alongside invited international artists.

Deadline: February 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: TBA
Prizes:
  • W Gordon Smith Award: £3,000
  • Lyon & Turnbull Prize: £1,000
  • And several other prizes based on 2019 awards
Exhibition: Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (March – May 2021)
Medium: All media (Works must be for sale, 40% commission charge + VAT)
Eligibility: UK & International artists (able to drop off chosen work in Edinburgh)
Entry Fee: £15 per work, £10 students (max 2)
Website: royalscottishacademy.org

Derwent Art Prize

Derwent Art Prize

An annual prize totalling £12,500 showcasing the best 2D & 3D artworks created in pencil or coloured pencil, water soluble, pastel, graphite or charcoal.

Deadline: February 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: March 2021
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £4,000 (plus up to £600 of Derwent products)
  • Second Prize: £2,000
  • Young Artist First Prize: £4,000 (25 years and under)
  • Young Artist Second Prize: £2,000
  • People’s Choice Award: £500
Exhibition: Gallery@Oxo, London (TBA)
Medium: 2D & 3D artworks created in pencil or coloured pencil as well as water soluble, pastel, graphite and charcoal.
Eligibility: UK & International artists (over 18)
Entry Fee: £15 for first work (£5 for each additional entry, maximum 6)
Website: derwent-artprize.com

Contemporary Young Artist Award

Contemporary Young Artist Award

Artists 35 years old or younger working in the UK can submit work for the chance to win £2000 and exhibit work at The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle.

Deadline: Dates TBA awaiting entry
Shortlist: TBA
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £2,000 (and solo show at The Biscuit Factory)
Exhibition: The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle (March 2021)
Medium: Painting, photography, original handmade prints, sculpture, glass, ceramics, textiles.
Eligibility: UK based artists (35 years and under)
Entry Fee: Free (maximum of 3 artworks)
Website: thebiscuitfactory.com

Dare Art Prize

Dare Art Prize

Challenging artists and scientists to collaborate on new approaches to the creative process, awarded by the University of Leeds and Opera North.

Deadline: Dates TBA awaiting entry
Shortlist: TBA
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £15,000 (£10,000 bursary, £5,000 for resources)
Residency: The Tetley, Leeds (September 2021)
Medium: Any artform or channel – a performance, a poem, an interactive website or a song cycle for example.
Eligibility: UK based artists
Entry Fee: No entry fee (submit 500 word proposal)
Website: dareyou.org.uk

Broomhill National Sculpture Prize

Broohmill National Sculpture Prize

With a prize fund of £15,000 this an exciting challenge for 10 new and emerging UK based sculptors to propose new works for Broomhill Sculpture Gardens.

Deadline: Dates TBA awaiting entry
Shortlist: TBA
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £3,500 (plus winning artwork turned into limited edition print, also London exhibition)
  • Public Prize: £1,500
  • Sculptor Prizes: £1,000 (10 x £1,000 prizes to create proposed sculptures)
Exhibition: Broomhill Sculpture Gardens, North Devon (Summer 2021)
Theme: “The art of diversity.” How do you see and experience diversity in your city?
Medium: Sculpture
Eligibility: UK based artists (currently studying art or within 10 years of graduation)
Entry Fee: £20 (maximum of one sculpture proposal)
Website: http://www.broomhillart.co.uk

Summer Exhibition 2020

RA Summer Exhibition 2020

The largest open-submission art exhibition in the world. Limited to 12,000 total entries (yep, they all fill up!) and a prize fund of £73,000.

Deadline: February 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: 1st round March, 2nd round May 2021
Prizes:
  • Charles Wollaston Award: £25,000
  • Jack Goldhill Award for Sculpture: £10,000
  • Jerwood London Original Print Fair Prize: £10,000
  • British Institution Awards for Students: £5,000 + £3,000
  • Hugh Casson Drawing Prize: £5,000
Exhibition: Royal Academy, London (June – Aug 2021)
Medium: Any media.
Eligibility: UK & International artists (over 18)
Entry Fee: £35 per entry (2 maximum)
Website: summer.royalacademy.org.uk/

World Illustration Awards

World Illustration Awards

The World Illustration Awards has ten categories from Exploration to Editorial, Site Specific to Science & Technology, Book Covers to Children’s Publishing.

Deadline: February 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: April/May 2021
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £2,000 (plus two-page marketing package in the Directory of Illustration)
  • New Talent Winner: £1,000
Exhibition: Elephant West, London (October 2021)
Medium: Any medium.
Eligibility: Current student, recent graduate or professional illustrator based anywhere in the world (over 18)
Entry Fee: £29 for one entry (up to 5 images for £49)
Website: theaoi.com

New English Art Club - Open Competition

New English Art Club Annual Exhibition

Annual exhibition celebrating figurative, observational and painterly work with a strong emphasis on drawing.

Deadline: February 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: March 2021
Prizes:
  • Doreen McIntosh Prize: £5,000
  • Bowyer Drawing Prize: £1,000
  • Winsor & Newton Award: £500
  • Jackson’s Art Supplies Prize: £300
  • NEAC Critics’ Prize: £250
Exhibition: Mall Galleries, London (June 2021)
Medium: Paintings, drawings, pastels, original framed prints (excluding photography and sculpture).
Eligibility: UK & International artists (over 18)
Entry Fee: £18 per work, £12 if under 35 (max 3)
Website: mallgalleries.org.uk

Whitegold Ceramics Prize

Whitegold Ceramics Prize 2020

Artists and collectives are invited to submit projects that demonstrate their work with the inter-relationships of people, clay, soil and food.

Deadline: February 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: March 2021
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £10,000 (Quartz Award)
  • Category Winners: £5,000 (Feldspar Award)
Exhibition: Whitgold Festival Of Clay, St Austell (September 2021)
Theme: Projects that combine clay and food in convivial ways.
Eligibility: UK & International artists (over 18)
Entry Fee: £15 per work (5 works maximum, £10 per work for under 24s)
Website: whitegold.org.uk

Jackson's Painting Prize

Jackson’s Painting Prize

Open to artists of all ages this brilliantly run art competition showcases original, 2-dimensional fine art works in any painting or drawing media.

Deadline: 2nd March 2021 opens 1st Dec
Shortlist: 17th March 2021
Longlist: 31st March 2021
Prizes:
  • Overall Winner: £6,000
  • People’s Choice Award: £1,000
  • Emerging Artist Award: £1,000
  • Watercolour Award: £500
  • Category prizes: £500 (6 prizes in total)
Exhibition: Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead (6-9th May, 2021)
Medium: Any 2D painting or drawing media.
Eligibility: UK & International artists (any age)
Entry Fee: £5 per work (max 5)
Website: jacksonsart.com/paintingprize

The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award - UK Art Competitions

Mark Tanner Sculpture Award 2021-22

An £8,000 prize awaits an “exceptional emerging sculptor” towards the production of new work and a solo exhibition in London.

Deadline: March 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: April 2021 (interview)
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £8,000
Exhibition: Standpoint Gallery, London (12 months after award in 2022)
Medium: Sculpture
Eligibility: UK based artists (excluding BA and MA students)
Entry Fee: £18
Website: standpointlondon.co.uk

Capcon Creative Commission

Capcon Creative Commission

Two £5,000 commission winners will get the chance to turn their ideas into reality at Capcon’s international platform for creativity and technology.

Deadline: March 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: March 2021
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £5,000 (2 commissions of £5,000 each)
Theme: “Explore the space between creativity and technology”
Exhibition: Lyric Theatre, Belfast (May, 2021)
Medium: Any medium in 2D and 3D, including (but not restricted to): sculpture, painting, print, photography, digital, video, audio, mixed media, installation, video and performance.
Eligibility: UK based and non-UK based creatives
Entry Fee: Free (2 entries max)
Website: wearecapcon.com

Postcards from the Trafalgar Way

Postcards from the Trafalgar Way

Create an artwork based on a feature on the historic Trafalgar Way route. £10,000 of prizes is spread across 3 age categories from 7-11, 12-16 and 17-adult.

Deadline: 16th April 2021 enter now!
Shortlist: By 25th May 2021
Prizes:
  • 1st Prize (age 17-adult): 2 x £1,000
  • 1st Prize (age 12-16): 2 x £500
  • 1st Prize (age 7-11): 2 x £250
  • Schools Prize (age 7-11): £250
  • Peter Warwick Memorial Trophy: £1,000(for current or past serving member of the Royal Navy or Royal Marines)
  • John Richards Lapenotiere Trophy: £500(for resident in one of the 8 counties of The Trafalgar Way)
  • Full list of prizes and details
Exhibition: A touring exhibition will take place in 2021
Theme: Take a stunning photograph or create a two-dimensional artwork of a scene along The Trafalgar Way.
Medium: Any kind of two-dimensional art, including digital art (size range from A6 to A1)
Eligibility: UK based artists (7+)
Entry Fee: Ages under 17 – free, 17 to adult – £5 (no limit on entries)
Website: thetrafalgarway.org

John Moores Painting Prize

John Moores Painting Prize

Arguably the UK’s most prestigious painting competitions culminates in an exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery as part of the Liverpool Biennial.

Deadline: April 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: TBC
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £25,000
  • Emerging Artist Prize: £2,500 (plus £2,500 worth of Winsor & Newton art materials)
  • Further Prizes: £2,500 (4 x £2,500 prizes)
  • Visitors Choice Prize: £2,020
Exhibition: Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (TBC)
Medium: Painting
Eligibility: UK based artists (18+)
Entry Fee: £30
Website: liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Visual Artists Association

VAA Emerging Artists Award 2021

The Visual Artists Association introduces a new art competition with a prize fund of £3,000 and the opportunity to exhibit at Chester Arts Fair 2020.

Deadline: April 2021 enter now!
Shortlist: TBC
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £1,250 (plus mentoring package & Chester Arts Fair stand worth £1,000)
Exhibition: Chester arts Fair, Chester (November 2021)
Medium: Drawing, printing, painting, photography, digital art, sculpture and video
Eligibility: UK & International artists (over 18)
Entry Fee: £15 per work (6 works maximum, free for members)
Website: visual-artists.org

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Alpine Fellowship Visual Arts Prize

A group of writers, thinkers and artists who are passionate about learning and communicating with a view to better understanding themselves and others.

Deadline: April 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: June 2021
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £2,000 (plus £1,000 towards shipping and installation)
Theme: “Identity”
Medium: All visual media
Eligibility: UK and International artists (over 18)
Entry Fee: No Entry Fee (one entry per person)
Website: alpinefellowship.com

Ruth Borchard Prize

Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize

Biennial £10,000 prize celebrating contemporary self-portraiture. Judges include Will Gompertz (BBC Chief Arts Editor) and gallerist Victoria Miro.

Deadline: TBA opens 1st Jan 2021
Shortlist: To be announced
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £10,000
Exhibition: Online exhibition (TBA)
Medium: Any media.
Eligibility: All artists, established and emerging
Entry Fee: £30 fee
Website: ruthborchard.org.uk

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year

Filmed in stunning locations around the UK, Landscape Artist of the Year offers artists the chance to win a £10,000 commission for a major British institution.

Deadline: May 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: TBC
Prizes:
  • First Prize Commission: £10,000 (plus £500 art materials from Cass Art)
Filming: June – July 2021
Medium: Landscape painting in any material excluding photography, video, sculpture and digital media.
Eligibility: UK Residents (for at least year, over 16)
Entry Fee: No Entry Fee (1 maximum)
Website: skyartsartistoftheyear.tv

John Ruskin Prize

John Ruskin Prize

Organised by the fine people at The Big Draw and Guild of St. George this biennale prize aims to uphold the beliefs of the critic John Ruskin.

Deadline: May 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: To be announced
Prizes:
  • First Prize: 3,000
  • Second Prize: £2,000
  • Student Prize: £1,000</strong
Exhibition: Millennium Gallery, Sheffield (Jun – Oct 2021)
Medium: Architectural Glass
Eligibility: UK based artists.
Entry Fee: £12 for 1 artwork (£15 for 2 artworks and £20 for 3 artworks with reduced fees for students)
Website: ruskinprize.co.uk

The Young Masters Art Prize

The Young Masters Art Prize

Biennial prize initiated by London gallerist Cynthia Corbett in 2009 to reward contemporary artists (of all ages) who embrace the art of the past.

Deadline: May 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: Announced June
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £1500
  • Highly Commended x 2: £500
  • Ceramics First Prize: £1000
  • Ceramics Commended x 2: £500
  • Emerging Woman Artist: £1000
  • People’s Choice: £500
Exhibition: La Galleria, London (Sep – Oct)
Theme: “Show originality, skill and imagination in response to the art of the past.”
Medium: Any media (separate ceramics prizes)
Eligibility: UK & international artists (18+)
Entry Fee: £35 (allows up to 4 artworks)
Website: young-masters.co.uk

New Light Prize Exhibition

New Light Prize Exhibition

A biennial competition open to artists born, based or who have studied in the North of England: Cumbria, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland and Yorkshire.

Deadline: May 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: August 2021
Prizes:
  • Valeria Sykes Prize: £10,000
  • Patron’s Choice Award: £2,500
Exhibition: Scarborough Art Gallery, Scarborough(19 Sep 2010 – Jan 2021) Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle (Jan 2022 – May 2022) Biscuit Factory, Newcastle (May 2022 – Mid Aug 2022) Bankside Gallery, London (Nov 2022 – Late Nov 2022)
Medium: Static works, capable of being wall-hung without requiring any power source. (Photography is currently excluded.)
Eligibility: Artists, over 18, born in the North of England or are currently living in the North of England or studied at degree or postgraduate level (in an arts-based subject) in the North of England. (the North of England is defined as being the historic counties of Cumbria, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland and Yorkshire.)
Entry Fee: £20 for the first image, £40 for two, £10 for each subsequent image (no maximum number of entries, max 3 shortlisted)
Website: newlight-art.org.uk

Chaiya Art Awards

Chaiya Art Awards

What does the phrase ‘God is…” mean to you? Impress the judges and you could be answering with “…giving me an award of £10,000.” Here’s hoping…

Deadline: TBC awaiting entry
Shortlist: TBC
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £10000
  • Public Choice: £1000
Exhibition: Oxo Tower Wharf, London (TBC)
Theme: “God is…”
Medium: Any media
Eligibility: UK residents (16+)
Entry Fee: Early bird: (TBC) 1 work: £15, 2 works: £25, 3 works: £35. Standard: 1 work: £20, 2 works: £35, 3 works: £50. Concessions: £10 per entry.
Website: chaiyaartawards.co.uk

Sustainability First Art Prize

Sustainability First Art Prize

Inviting original, radical ideas and visions in response to the question ‘How do we build from the current corona crisis towards a more sustainable future?’

Deadline: 1st June 2020 awaiting entry
Shortlist: June 2021
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £1,000
  • Second Prize: £300
  • Third Prize: £200
Exhibition: TBC
Medium: Any media.
Eligibility: UK & international artists (over 18)
Entry Fee: Free to enter
Website: sustainabilityfirst.org.uk

Visual Art Open

Visual Art Open

A not for profit event open to all artists and age groups with a prize fund of £8,000 and the opportunity to exhibit at Chester Arts Fair 2020.

Deadline: June 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: July 2021
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £1,000 (plus mentoring package & Chester Arts Fair stand worth £1,000)
  • Category Winners: £250 (Painting/Mixed Media/Printmaking, Illustration/Drawing, Sculpture, Photography/Digital Art, Young Artist 16-24, Children’s Award 15 and under, ‘CreateArt4Hope’ Campaign)
Exhibition: Chester arts Fair, Chester (November 2021)
Medium: Drawing, printing, painting, photography, digital art, sculpture and video
Eligibility: UK & International artists (over 18)
Entry Fee: £15 per work (5 works maximum, £10 per work for under 24s)
Website: visualartopen.com

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize

Founded in 1994 as the the Rexel Derwent Open then Jerwood Drawing Prize. Holds the largest prize fund celebrating drawing practice in the UK.

Deadline: June 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: Announced July
Prizes:
    • First Prize: £8000
    • Second Prize: £5000
    • Third Prize: £2000
Exhibition: Trinity Buoy Wharf, London (TBC)
Medium: Any media considered as drawing
Eligibility: UK based artists
Entry Fee: 1 work: £20, 2 works: £30, 3 works: £40 (students £15/£20/£25)
Website: tbwdrawingprize.artopps.co.uk

Holly Bush Prize

Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize

National prize aimed at supporting, encouraging and mentoring emerging women painters culminating in a London exhibition for the 21 finalists.

Deadline: June 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: TBC
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £1500 (plus slot at Flux Exhibition 2020)
  • Second Prize: £500
  • Third Prize: £250 (Cass Art Vouchers)
Exhibition: Burgh House, London (TBC)
Medium: Paintings in watercolour, oil, pastel or acrylic (Max size: 60cm wide x 130cm. Max sale price: £700)
Eligibility: Any female artist living and working in the UK (18+)
Entry Fee: £15 (allows up to 3 artworks)
Website: ecclestoneartagency.com

RSA Morton Award

The RSA Morton Award

Monetary award to research, develop and produce a new body of work in a lens-based medium with an exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy.

Deadline: June 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: August, 2021 (remote presentation)
Prizes:
  • First Prize: 5,000
Exhibition: Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (Dates T.B.A.)
Medium: Digital & analogue photography, film and video.
Eligibility: Artists must have been born in Scotland or have studied at a Scottish art school or have been resident in Scotland for at least 3 years. (undergraduate or postgraduate students not eligible)
Entry Fee: No entry fee
Website: royalscottishacademy.org

National Original Print Exhibition

National Original Print Exhibition

Established by the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers at the Bankside Gallery to showcase the best in contemporary printmaking across all techniques.

Deadline: June 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: Announced July (check website)
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £1,000
  • Thames-Side Print Studio Prize: value £650
  • Hot Bed Press Award: value £500
  • Jackson’s Award: value £250
  • Great Art Award: value £250
  • Intaglio Printmaker Prize: value £150
  • John Purcell Paper Award: value £150
Exhibition: Bankside Gallery, London (Sep 2021)
Medium: Any printmaking technique
Eligibility: UK & International artists
Entry Fee: £15 per work (max 4) students £8 per work
Website: re-printmakers.com
Notes: See also their Masters competition for relief printmaking (deadline 23 Sep)

Sunny Art Centre Prize

Sunny Art Prize

A unique opportunity to win cash prizes, a solo show at a London gallery and a one month residency in China! A truly international art competition.

Deadline: June 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: July 2021
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £3,000 + London solo show, China residency, group shows
  • Second Prize: £2000 + China residency, London/China group shows
  • Third Prize: £1000 + China residency, London/China group shows
Exhibition: Sunny Art Centre, London (Oct 2021)
Theme: “Winners of previous editions did so by raising awareness of global issues and themes.”
Medium: Any media (Max 2D: 120 x 120 cm. Max 3D: 80 x 80 x 80 cm)
Eligibility: UK & International artists (18+)
Entry Fee: 1 work: £25, 2 works: £32, 3 works: £40, 4 works: £45
Website: sunnyartcentre.co.uk

ACS Studio Prize

Artists’ Collecting Society Studio Prize

Founded in 2006 the ACS Studio Prize offers artists starting their career the chance to win £6,000 towards the cost of an artist’s studio in the UK.

Deadline: June 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: July 2021
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £6,000 (towards UK artist’s studio costs)
Medium: Pictures, collage, painting, sculpture, tapestry, ceramics, glassware or photography
Requirements: Supporting statement of 750 – 2,000 words and upload 10-15 images of artwork (no Entry Fee)
Eligibility: All UK, EU and EEA nationals worldwide. Must be a current undergraduate or postgraduate art student who is about to graduate, or has graduated from a university art course within the last four years.
Website: acsstudioprize.com

Templar Illustration and Design Awards

Templar Illustration and Design Awards

Celebrating new talent in children’s book illustration and design – looking for bold, innovative art and design for books for children and younger people.

Deadline: June 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: August 2021
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £750 (prizes in each category)
  • Second Prize: £500
  • Third Prize: £250
Theme: See website for specific briefs for Fiction, Non-Fiction and Picture Books.
Medium: 300dpi digital file (jpegs or PDFs).
Eligibility: Open to unpublished illustrators over the age of 18, resident in any country. Entrants are entitled to one entry per category.
Entry Fee: No fee
Website: templarillustratorcomp.co.uk

Edinburgh Printmakers

Edinburgh Printmakers – Digital Residencies

A four week remote residency offering support for 4 artists at any stage in their careers to research and develop new digital projects.

Deadline: June 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: 6th July 2020
Prizes:
  • Bursary: £500 (4 artists to receive bursaries of £500)
Medium: Print and photography, digital installations, migratory and viral images, text, performance, video, web archives, apps, and other experimental media.
Theme: “Inviting artists to consider the current condition of the city of Edinburgh and engage with this idea through digital space and web-based practice.”
Eligibility: Scottish based artists.
Entry Fee: No entry fee.
Website: edinburghprintmakers.co.uk

Art In The City

Art In The City Plein Air Competition 2021

If you can make your way to Gloucester this summer and can paint a decent outdoor landscape painting in a day then this is the art competition for you!

Event: July 2021 awaiting entry
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £1,000
  • Runner Up: £500
  • Student Prize: £250
Registration: St Mary de Crypt, Gloucester
Medium: Oils, watercolours, acrylic, pastels, pen and ink, lino cuts and mixed media. No photography.
Entry Fee: No Entry Fee
Website: artinthecity.org.uk

Beverley Treasure House

Beverley Treasure House Commission

The work proposed and produced must be contemporary art, that is both challenging and of a high quality. Shown for 2 months + artist’s talk.

Deadline: July 2021 awaiting entry
Selection: July 2022
Prizes:
  • Commission Fee: £8,000 (inc. all travel/accommodation expenses and materials)
Exhibition: The Treasure House, Beverley (Oct-Dec 2021)
Medium: Artwork must be safely constructed for displaying to the public.
Eligibility: UK and international artists
Entry Fee: None
Website: eastridingmuseums.co.uk

Dorset Art Prize

Dorset Art Prize

Bournemouth & Poole College invite Dorset artists, designers, art students and makers working in all media forms to submit their artworks.

Deadline: July 2021 awaiting entry
Winners: September 2021
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £1,000 (years 10-11, years 12-13, 19+)
  • 2nd Prize: £500(years 10-11, years 12-13, 19+)
  • 3rd Prize: £250(years 10-11, years 12-13, 19+)
  • Community Art Prize: £500(for group project)
  • School Prize: £500(for a school)
Exhibition: Poole Museum (TBC)
Medium: Any media (up to A1 size) in 2D or 3D, painting, drawing, photography, illustration or moving image.
Eligibility: Resident in Dorset.
Entry Fee: No fee
Website: thecollege.co.uk

Stevens Competition 2020

Stevens Competition 2020

The Architectural Glass Artist of the Year award requires entrants to design an architectural glass panel for the John Morden Centre in London.

Deadline: July 2021 awaiting entry
Winners: TBC
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £20,000
  • Judges Prize: £2,000
  • Other prizes: £4,000(total value)
Exhibition: Stained Glass Museum, Ely (TBC)
Medium: Architectural Glass
Eligibility: UK and international emerging artists, students and apprentices who have commenced their vocation in glass within the last eight years. (on or after 1 September 2012)</em
Entry Fee: None (Frame required for exhibition is £15)
Website: glazierscompany.org.uk

Westmorland Landscape Prize

Westmorland Landscape Prize

A national call to artists inspired by the landscape of the UK. Looking for works which reach beyond the aesthetic, stimulating thinking and debate.

Deadline: TBA awaiting entry
Shortlist: TBA
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £10,000
Exhibition: Rheged Centre, Cumbria (TBA)
Medium: all media including but not limited to: painting, photography, sculpture, video, installation and applied arts.
Eligibility: UK based artists (over 18)
Entry Fee: £15 per work (max 4)
Website: landscape.artopps.co.uk

International Exlibris Congress Exhibition

FISAE International Exlibris Congress Exhibition

Biennial exhibition focusing on small printed graphics suitable for use in books to declare ownership. More info in this ‘Illustration’ magazine feature.

Deadline: March 2022 awaiting entry
Shortlist: Announced May 2022
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £1,250
  • Second Prize: £750
  • Third Prize: £500
  • Extra Prizes of £500 1) Artist under 35 years of age. 2) Art student resident in UK or Republic of Ireland. 3) Art student resident in Australia, New Zealand or Canada.
Exhibition: Royal National Hotel, Bloomsbury 12-15 Aug 2020
Medium: Engraving, Etching, CGT and more
Eligibility: UK and International artists
Entry Fee: No Entry Fee
Website: bookplatesociety.org/2020competitionLondon.htm

Wirral Art Competition

WSA Open Exhibition

Wirral Society of Arts biennial exhibition open to all artists – local, national and international – at all stages in their careers.

Deadline: July 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: TBC
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £2,000
  • Additional Prizes: £500 4 prizes of £500
Exhibition: Williamson Art Gallery, Wirral (Aug – Sep)
Medium: Any medium except photography, digitally enhanced or manipulated images, giclée prints, installation, performance, or work requiring electricity.
Eligibility: UK & International artists
Entry Fee: WSA members: £20, Non Members: £35 (up to 4 works)
Website: wirralsocietyarts.org

The Spectrum Art Prize

The Spectrum Art Award

Established in 2017 to celebrate the creative excellence of artists on the autistic spectrum (diagnosed or not) with five awards of £5,000 and mentoring.

Deadline: July 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: TBC
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £5000 (five awards of £5,000 + professional mentoring, curatorial and PR support)
Exhibition: Saatchi Gallery, London (May)
Medium: Any media
Requirements: Supporting statement (up to 500 words) and up to digital images (no Entry Fee)
Eligibility: All UK autistic artists or collaborative groups whether they have an official diagnosis or not (+18)
Website: thespectrumartaward.com

Jerwood FVU awards

Jerwood/FVU Awards

A major opportunity for two UK-based moving-image artists in the first five years of developing their professional practice.

Deadline: July 2021 awaiting entry
Interview: October 2021
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £25,000(2 prizes of £25,000 each, comprising £6,000 artist fee and £19,000 production budget)
Exhibition: Leeds Art GalleryTBC and Jerwood Arts, LondonTBC
Medium: Moving-image.
Eligibility: UK based artists or collaborative groups within five years of beginning their professional artistic practice.
Entry Fee: No Entry Fee
Website: jerwoodfvuawards.com

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Supporting under-represented voices, the programme is open to emerging artists aged 18-25 based in England.

Deadline: July 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: TBC
Prizes:
  • Award: £3,500(3 commissions of £3,500 each, comprising £1,500 artist fee and £2,000 production budget)
Medium: Moving-image.
Eligibility: Artists aged 18-25 based in England (at least one commission will be awarded to a Black artist)
Entry Fee: No Entry Fee
Website: satellitefilms.org

Common Ground

Common Ground Commissions

Season for Change is a nationwide programme of artistic and cultural events celebrating the environment and inspiring climate action.

Deadline: July 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: TBC
Prizes:
  • Award: £10,000(4 commissions of £10,000 to support the creation of a new, participatory work)
Medium: Any medium
Eligibility: UK based artists (who identify as Black, Asian and minority ethnic/POC, refugee, D/deaf, disabled, neurodivergent, working class and/or LGBTQI+)
Entry Fee: No Entry Fee
Website: seasonforchange.org.uk

Woon Foundation Painting & Sculpture Prize

Woon Foundation Painting & Sculpture Prize

Open to all UK undergraduate Fine Art students graduating in summer 2020. Partnership between Northumbria University and BALTIC Art Centre.

Deadline: July 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: TBC
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £20,000(bursary for year-long residency, solo show & mentor)
  • Second Prize: £9,000
  • Third Prize: £6,000
Exhibition: Northumbria University GalleriesTBC
Medium: Painting and sculpture
Eligibility: UK undergraduate Fine Art students in their final year of study
Entry Fee: No Entry Fee
Website: baltic.art/woonprize

SCOTTISH PORTRAIT AWARDS

Scottish Portrait Awards

Anyone living, studying or born in Scotland can enter these fine art and photography awards with touring shows in Edinburgh, Glasgow & Kirkcudbright.

Deadline: July 2021awaiting entry
Shortlist: Announced August (60 finalists: 30 fine artists and 30 photographers)
Prizes:
  • Fine Art First Prize: £5,000
  • Second Prize: £1,000
  • Third Prize: £500
  • Young Fine Artist (16-25): £500
  • Photography First Prize: £3000
  • Second Prize: £500
  • Third Prize: £100
  • Young Photographer (16-25): £500
Exhibition:
Theme: “The subject may involve one or more people and self-portraits are also permitted.”
Medium: Any 2D/3D media (size restrictions apply: view rules)
Eligibility: Anyone born, living or studying in Scotland (16+)
Entry Fee: £10 per work (max 6)
Website: scottishportraitawards.com

WAC Awards

The WAC Awards

Established by a group of artists in South-West England in 2012, the Wells Art Contemporary Awards are open to UK and international artists.

Deadline: August 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: Announced August, 2021
Prizes:
  • RK Harrison Award: £2,000
Exhibition: Wells Cathedral, Somerset (TBC)
Medium: any medium – painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, installation or video.
Eligibility: UK & international artists (18+)
Entry Fee: £15 per work (4 max, £12 for students)
Website: wac.artopps.co.uk

Art Gemini Prize

Art Gemini Prize

UK based art competition goes global for its 7th edition with an increased prize fund of $30,000 and a group exhibition Singapore.

Deadline: TBC awaiting entry
Shortlist: TBC
Prizes:
  • First Prize: $15,000
  • Second Prize: $7000
  • Young Artist Prize: $3000(30 and under)
Exhibition: Gallery Nawei, Singapore(9 TBC)
Medium: Any genres of 2D and 3D art (excluding installation and video)
Eligibility: UK & International artists (18+)
Entry Fee: 1 work: £20, up to 3 works: £45, up to 6 works: £70
Website: artgeminiprize.com

Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition

Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition

The RSMA seeks submissions of painting and sculpture that involve the sea and the marine environment – anything that involves tidal water.

Deadline: August 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: August 2021
Prizes:
  • Baltic Exchange Award: £2,000
  • Charles Pears Award: £500
  • Kenneth Denton Award: £500
  • Murray’s Commercial Fishing Award: £500
  • RSMA Award: £300 (For best small painting, 30cm and under)
Exhibition: Mall Galleries, London (1 Oct – 10 Oct)
Medium: Oil, acrylic, watercolour, original prints of any media, mixed media, drawings, pastels, or sculpture.
Eligibility: UK and international artists (18+)
Entry Fee: £18 per work, £12 if under 35 (max 6 artworks)
Website: mallgalleries.org.uk

Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open 2021

Jerwood Art Fund Makers Open

A major award of £8,000 for five early-career UK-based artists and makers to develop and present ambitious new works for nationwide exhibitions.

Deadline: August 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: November, 2021
Prizes:
  • Awards: £8,000 (five awards of £8,000 each plus curatorial and production support for the making of new work over a six month period for nationwide group exhibitions)
Exhibition: Jerwood Space, London (TBC)
Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen TBC)
Medium: Any mdeium.
Eligibility: Individual artists, collaborative groups and collectives who are early-career artists (between one and ten years of beginning your professional artistic practice at the time of applying). UK residents. You do not need to be a British National. No age limit.
Entry Fee: None
Website: jerwoodarts.org

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Aesthetica Art Prize

Aesthetica is a British art and culture magazine whose annual prize celebrates excellence in art from across the world for emerging and established artists.

Deadline: August 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: Announced December 2021
Prizes:
  • Main Art Prize: £5000 (+£250 Cass Art Vouchers, magazine coverage & more)
  • Emerging Art Prize: £1000 (+£150 Cass Art Vouchers, magazine coverage & more)
Exhibition: York Art Gallery (Spring 2022)
Medium: Photographic & Digital Art; Three-Dimensional Design & Sculpture; Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media; & Video, Installation & Performance.
Eligibility: UK & International artists (18+)
Entry Fee: £26 (allows up to 2 artworks)
Website: aestheticamagazine.com

The Moth Magazine Art Prize

The Moth Art Prize 2020

Awarded annually by The Moth arts & literature magazine to a body of figurative or representational artwork.

Deadline: August 2021 awaiting entry
Prizes:
  • First Prize: €1,000 (plus a two-week stay at The Moth Retreat in rural Ireland)
Medium: Submit a portfolio of images of 5–10 2D artworks – to include figurative or representational paintings, drawings (including mixed media) and original prints
Eligibility: UK and International artists (over 16)
Entry Fee: €20 (per portfolio)
Website: themothmagazine.com

Wales Contemporary

Wales Contemporary / Cymru Gyfoes

Submit art “Inspired by Wales” in this international open competition developed by the Waterfront Gallery in association with the Welsh Government.

Deadline: September 2021 awaiting entry
Winners: Announced September 2021
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £4,000
  • 2D Highly Commended: £2,000
  • 3D Highly Commended: £2,000
  • Young Artist Prize: £1,000 (25 and under)
  • Wales Prize: £1,000 (artist born, educated or resident in Wales)
  • Public Choice: £1,000
Exhibition: Waterfront Gallery, Milford Haven (Autumn 2021)
Medium: 2 or 3 dimensional artwork in any medium apart from photography or film. (2D max length: 140cm, 3D max length: 50cm)
Eligibility: UK and international artists. (over 18)
Entry Fee: £15 for one work, £25 for two and £34 for three.
Website: walescontemporary.artopps.co.uk

Sir John Hurt Art Prize

Sir John Hurt Art Prize

Established in 2012 this award and exhibition for artists in the east of England and beyond is part of the thriving Holt Festival in North Norfolk.

Deadline: September 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: 3rs Sep 2020
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £1,750
  • Sworders Art Prize: £750 (artist aged 16-23)
Exhibition: The Auden Theatre, Holt (Summer 2021)
Medium: Any media.
Eligibility: UK based artists
Entry Fee: £12 for one image, £21 for two, £30 for three
Website: holtfestival.org/artprizes/

Society of Wildlife Artists

Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition

Seeks submissions of works that depict wildlife subjects and evoke the spirit of the natural world, based on ‘in the field’ observation.

Deadline: September 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: September 2021
Prizes:
  • Terravesta Prize: £2,000
  • RSPB Award: £500(worth of art materials)
  • BIRDscapes Award: £700(split between artist and conservation charity of their choice)
  • Larson-Juhl Award: £500(worth of Larson-Juhl materials)
  • Nature in Print Award: £200
Exhibition: Mall Galleries, London (Oct-Nov 2021)
Medium: Work may be in any medium including painting, sculpture and original prints.
Eligibility: UK & International artists (over 18)
Entry Fee: £18 per work, £12 if under 35
Website: mallgalleries.org.uk

Turner Contemporary for Disabled Artists

Turner Contemporary for Disabled Artists

Opportunity for a disabled artist to win a £3,000 award to create a new digital artwork to be experienced online.

Deadline: September 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: September 2021
Prizes:
  • Awards: £3,000 (five awards of £8,000 each plus curatorial and production support for the making of new work over a six month period for nationwide group exhibitions)
Exhibition: Turner Contemporary Website (October, 2021)
Medium: The commission can be on any theme and in any genre (for example video, sound, animation or performance) but we are particularly interested in work that speaks to the contemporary moment.
Eligibility: Open to disabled, UK-based visual artists practicing in any media at all stages of their careers.
Entry Fee: None
Website: jerwoodarts.org

Ingram Prize

2020 Ingram Prize

The Ingram Collection’s annual Purchase Prize Exhibition celebrates the work of graduating artists at the beginning of their careers.

Deadline: September 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: October 2021
Prizes:
  • Prizes: Up to 3 entries will be purchased, group show & 1 week residency
Exhibition: The Cello Factory, LondonTBC
Medium: Any media
Eligibility: UK and International artists (who have graduated from a UK art school since 2016)
Entry Fee: No Entry Fee (max: 2 artworks)
Website: ingramcollection.com

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

International contemporary portrait photography competition hosted by the National Portrait Gallery with a first prize of £15,000.

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Deadline:
Shortlist: October 2021
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £15,000 (plus cash prizes to one or more shortlisted photographers)
Exhibition: Online exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery (Nov 2021)
Medium: Photography
Eligibility: UK & International residents 18+
Entry Fee: £20 per photo (max 6)
Website: npg.org.uk

The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

The largest UK art prize for contemporary watercolour painting enters its 34th year. Approximately 100 water-based works to be selected for touring exhibition.

Deadline: September 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: TBA
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £3000 (and £1,000 Cass Art vouchers)
  • Second Prize: £1,000(+ £695 Maimeri Blu Set, £750 worth of Arches Watercolour Paper)
  • Third Prize: £1000(+ £150 Maimer Blue Set, £500 worth of Aquafine Watercolour Paper)
  • Young Artist Prize (25 & under): £500(and solo show)
Exhibition:
Medium: Any water-based media (includes acrylics, gouache & inks)
Eligibility: UK based artists
Entry Fee: £15 per work (max 4)
Website: https://sundaytimeswatercolour.artopps.co.uk/

VIA Arts Prize

VIA Arts Prize

Ibero-American themed visual arts competition invites artists to submit original works inspired by Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese arts and cultures.

Deadline: September 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: October 2021
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £2000 (1st, 2nd and 3rd award winners will receive a £2,000 cash prize)
  • People’s Choice Award: £1000
Exhibition: Exhibition dates TBA (and a group show at Embassy of Brazil, London)
Theme: Original artwork inspired by Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese arts and cultures.
Medium: Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Mixed Media/ assemblage, Collage, Drawing, Engraving, Digital print (non-photographic), Textiles and tapestry.
Eligibility: UK based artists (any nationality)
Entry Fee: No Entry Fee (max: 1 artwork)
Website: viaartsprize.org

Discerning Eye Exhibition

ING Discerning Eye Exhibition

This year’s edition of the ING Discerning Eye will be held 100% virtually with a top prize of £5,000 and a wide range of secondary prizes.

Deadline: October 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: TBA
Prizes:
  • ING Purchase Prize: £5,000
  • Founder’s Purchase Prize: £2,500
  • Chairman’s Purchase Prize: £1,000
  • Meynell Fenton Prize: £1,000
  • Humphreys Purchase Prize: £750
  • DE Original Print Prize: £250
  • DE Sculpture & 3D Prize: £250
  • Regional Prizes: £250
Exhibition: Exhibition (TBA)
Medium: Any 2D/3D media (Max size: 50cm in any direction)
Eligibility: UK residents only
Entry Fee: £10 per work (max 6)
Website: thediscerningeye.artopps.co.uk

Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition

Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition

The only national art society devoted exclusively to oil painting. This year’s mini-theme is ‘Reflections’ – can be interpreted literally or otherwise.

Deadline: October 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: TBA
Prizes:
  • Phyllis Roberts Award: £2,000(for artist 30 or under)
  • Alan Gourley Memorial Award: £1,000
  • W&N Young Artist Award 1st Prize: £1,000(for artist 30 or under)
  • W&N Young Artist Award 2nd Prize: £600(for artist 30 or under)
  • W&N Young Artist Award 3rd Prize: £400(for artist 30 or under)
  • Stanley Grimm Prizes: £700(£400 & £300 prizes from visitor votes)
  • Tony Merrick Memorial Prize: £250
  • ROI Emerging Artist Prize: £250(for artist 30 or under)
Exhibition: Mall Galleries, London (Dates TBA)
Medium: Oils. Acrylic and water-soluble oil paint is acceptable if framed as an oil.
Eligibility: UK & international artists
Entry Fee: £18 per work (max 6, £12 if under 35)
Website: mallgalleries.org.uk

PhotoX Awards

PhotoX Awards

An international open call for photographers with an impressive judging panel brought to you by the folk behind the Art Gemini Prize.

Deadline: October 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: TBA
Prizes:
  • Open Photographer of the Year: £1,000 (and online exhibition)
  • Food & Beverage category: £600
  • Young Photographer Prize: £200(under 18)
  • Public Choice Prize: £200
Exhibition:
  • Winner’s solo show and finalists’ virtual exhibition (up to 20 shortlisted works) TBC
Medium: All genres and styles of photography.
Eligibility: UK & International artists (no age limits)
Entry Fee: Under 18s free, 1 entry £15, 3 entries £30, 6 entries £50, 8 entries £60
Website: artgeminiprize.com

Signature Art Prize

The Signature Art Prize

Open to art students currently studying and recent graduates from an arts-based degree within the last 3 years.

Deadline: November 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: TBA
Prizes:
  • Prizes: 4 Category Winners (TBA) & People’s Choice Award
Exhibition: Bankside Hotel, LondonTBA
Medium: Painting, Sculpture, Photography & Film, Drawing & Printmaking
Eligibility: UK and International artists (current art students and graduates from 2017 onwards)
Entry Fee: No Entry Fee (max: 1 artwork)
Website: signatureartprize.com

Parkinson’s Art 2020 Art Competition

Parkinson’s Art Competition 2020

Open to anyone with an association with Parkinson’s – run by an artist collective promoting the benefits of art to those affected by Parkinson’s Disease.

Deadline: November 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: November 2021
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £250
  • Runner Up: £75 (+ Judges Special Award)
Announcement:
  • Nov 2021 (Judges and popular vote)
Medium: Any (Paint, Sketch, Mixed Media, Digital Art, 3D, Photography, Video)
Theme: Movement (doesn’t have to relate to human form – be creative)
Eligibility: Anyone over the age of 18 and with an association with Parkinson’s (PwP, Family, Friends, Carers, Medical / Support Staff)
Entry Fee: £8 Multiple entries permitted
Website: parkinsonsart.co.uk

King House Gallery

The King House Gallery

New online gallery invites you to share an artwork you’ve created in 2020 that portrays your feelings towards the year for an online exhibition with 100 finalists.

Deadline: November 2021 awaiting entry
Shortlist: TBA
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £500
Exhibition: Online Exhibition (TBA)
Medium: Any media
Theme: TBA.
Eligibility: UK & International artists (over 18)
Entry Fee: £8 per entry before 25th Oct, £15 after (no limit to entries)
Website: kinghousegallery.com

Axis Digital Residency 2021

Axis Digital Residency

An opportunity for experimentation and artistic development over a three month period with two £1,500 awards for artists working in any medium.

Deadline: TBA awaiting entry
Awards:
  • Award: £1,500 (2 artists to receive awards of £1,500 each)
Medium: Any medium, not just digital.
Theme: “You will be able to identify a theme that runs through your practice. This will inform the rest of our content and micro-commissions for the months that you are in residence.”
Eligibility: Open to Axis members (from £1.75 a month)
Entry Fee: No entry fee, Axis members only.
Website: axisweb.org

Bridgeman Studio Award

Bridgeman Studio Award

A first prize of £5,000 plus a limited edition print and exhibition opportunity sees artists invited to submit work on the theme of “The Art Of Diversity”.

Deadline: TBA awaiting entry
Shortlist: TBA
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £5,000 (plus winning artwork turned into limited edition print, also London exhibition)
  • Runners Up: £500 (5 x prizes)
Theme: “The art of diversity.” How do you see and experience diversity in your city?
Medium: Any work by artists, illustrators and fine art photographers
Eligibility: UK & International artists (over 18)
Entry Fee: No Entry Fee (5 works maximum)
Website: enterbsa.com

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RWS Contemporary Watercolour Prize

An annual competition (closed in 2021) encouraging ‘innovation and experimentation in all water-based media’ for cash prizes and art materials.

Deadline: TBA awaiting entry
Shortlist: TBA opening Autumn 2021
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £1000
  • RWS Award: £250
  • New Graduate Award: £250
Exhibition: Bankside Gallery, London (March 2022)
Medium: Water based media
Eligibility: UK & International artists
Entry Fee: £15 per work, £5 for students, free for members (max 5)
Website: royalwatercoloursociety.co.uk

BP Portrait Award - UK Art Competition

BP Portrait Award

The National Portrait Gallery will not be staging the BP Portrait Award in 2021 and 2022 while the building in St Martin’s Place is closed for redevelopment.

Deadline: December 2022 awaiting entry
Shortlist: January 2023
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £35,000 (plus £7,000 portrait commission)
  • Second Prize: £12,000 (plus £7,000 portrait commission)
  • Third Prize: £10,000
  • BP Young Artist Award: £9,000 (30 and under)
  • BP Travel Award: £8,000
Exhibition: National Portrait Gallery, London (May – June 2023)
Medium: The work entered must be predominantly painted in oil, tempera or acrylic and must be on a stretcher or board, preferably framed and unglazed. No watercolours, works on paper or pastels will be considered.
Eligibility: UK & International artists (over 18)
Entry Fee: £40 (1 work maximum)
Website: npg.org.uk

Prize Closures

The National Open Art Prize (running since 1996) is closed until further notice.

The End!

And so concludes this UK Art Competitions 2019-2020 post. I’ll add more competition dates when they’re announced. Good luck if you decide to enter and let me know if you win! Back to top