UK Art Competitions 2019-2020

By November 12th, 2019 Competitions

Our pick of the biggest and best UK Art Competitions 2019-2020 with dates, deadlines, prizes, categories 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.

Visual Art Open

Visual Art Open

A not for profit event open to all artists and age groups with a prize fund of £5,000 and the opportunity to exhibit at Chester Arts Fair 2020.

Deadline:10th December 2019 open for entry!
Shortlist:31st March 2020
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)
Exhibition:Chester arts Fair, Chester (November 2020)
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

BP Portrait Award - UK Art Competition

BP Portrait Award

One of the world’s most prestigious painting awards since its arrival in 1980. A total prize fund of £74,000 may have something to do with its popularity.

Deadline:11th December 2019 open for entry!
Shortlist:9th January 2020
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 (21 May – 28 June 2020)
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

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:16th December 2019 open for entry!
Shortlist:Mid January 2020
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

Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours - UK Art Competition

Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours

A long standing art competition (over 200 years old!) celebrating the best in contemporary watercolour and watermedia painting.

Deadline:January 3rd 2020 open for entry!
Shortlist:10th January
Prizes:
  • Winsor & Newton Award: £3,000 (£1,000 worth of art materials)
  • Winsor & Newton Award: £3000 (best portrait by artist 35 and under)
  • Leathersellers’ Prize: £1000 (for artist aged 18-30)
  • President’s Choice Award: £750 (for best small portrait 15″ x 12″ max)
  • Baohong Artists’ Watercolour Paper Prizes: £250 (2 x £250 prizes)
  • Cass Art Prize: £250 (for most innovative use of colour)
  • Chaoshan Watercolour Award: £250 (for the best classically inspired watercolour)
Exhibition:Mall Galleries, London (May 2020)
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

South Georgia Island Art Commission

South Georgia Island Art Commission

A once in a lifetime opportunity from the South Georgia Heritage Trust (based in Dundee) to create a site-specific commission celebrating the whale.

Deadline:12th January 2020 open for entry!
Shortlist:3rd March 2020
Prizes:
  • Commission: £50,000 (plus a production budget of between £150,000 – £2,000,000)
Medium:Any media
Eligibility:
  • • Open to individuals, collaborative partnerships or organisations from varying artistic disciplines.
  • • Open to mid-career or established practitioners with a proven interest in one or more of the following areas: cultural heritage, the natural environment, ecological issues or conservation.
  • • 5+ years’ experience practicing in your chosen artform.
  • • Track record of delivering large-scale projects on time and on budget.
Entry Fee:No entry fee
Website:sght.org

UK Art Competitions - Dates - Royal Watercolour Society

RWS Contemporary Watercolour Prize

An annual competition that encourages ‘innovation and experimentation in all water-based media’ offering various cash prizes and art materials.

Deadline:January 13th 2020 open for entry!
Shortlist:23rd January
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £1000
  • RWS Award: £250
  • New Graduate Award: £250
Exhibition:Bankside Gallery, London (March 2020)
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

Uk Art Competitions - Royal Society of Portrait Painters Award

Royal Society Of Portrait Painters Award

An annual competition that encourages ‘new and traditional artistic models and perspectives in portraiture’ offering various cash prizes and art materials.

Deadline:January 17th 2020 open for entry!
Shortlist:24th 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 2020)
Medium:Paintings, drawings and original prints (excluding sculpture and photography)
Eligibility:UK & International artists (over 18)
Entry Fee:£18 per work, £12 if under 35 (max 3)
Website:mallgalleries.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 the sculpture gardens.

Deadline:January 2020 opening soon
Shortlist:March 2020
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 2020)
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

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 open for entry!
Shortlist:Announced February 2020
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

UK Art Competitions 2018 - RA summer exhibition

RA Summer Exhibition deadline Feb 2020

2020 entry opens 6th January. The largest open-submission art exhibition in the world. Limited to 12,000 total entries so get your entry in early to be considered (yep, they all fill up!). 2018’s Summer Exhibition (curated by Grayson Perry) showed over 1,300 artworks with Mike Nelson scooping the £25,000 Charles Wollaston Award for his towering sculpture Big Black. You can enter up to 2 works at a cost of £35 per entry. 2019 exhibition dates are 10th June — 12th August. The RA’s annual art competition is open to UK and international artists.
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World Illustration Awards

World Illustration Awards deadline Feb 2020

2019 awards closed for entry. £1,000 for students, recent graduates and those new to illustration – see the full list of prizes here. The Awards are broken up into 8 categories from books and editorial to experimental and site-specific work. Single image entries are £25 or you can enter up to 5 images for £45. The FAQ section does a fine job of making everything clearer than this tiny summary!
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Sky Portrait Artist of the Year

Sky Portrait Artist of the Year deadline 7th Feb 2020

2021 competition open for entry. Not your usual art competition – this is a chance to appear on the popular Sky Arts series presented by Joan Bakewell and Stephen Mangan. Filming will take place in April and May 2020 (to be aired in 2021). Here’s a trailer from 2017. The winner receives a £10,000 commission for a British institution’s permanent collection and £500 of art materials from Cass Art. If you’re as comfortable in front of a camera as a canvas then this could be an amazing experience. To enter you’ll need to submit photos of a self portrait, a secondary portrait and an optional third portrait. There are no entry fees. Finalists will exhibit at Clarendon Fine Art Dover Street, Mayfair from Friday 7th to Saturday 15th December.
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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:10th February 2020 open for entry!
Shortlist:Dates to be announced
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £10,000 (plus £7,000 portrait commission)
  • Runner Up: £1,000 (plus £7,000 portrait commission)
  • Category Winners: £500 (Earth’s Wild Beauty, Animal Behaviour, Into the Blue, Urban Wildlife, Vanishing Fast, Wings)
Exhibition:Mall Galleries, London (26-31 May 2020)
Medium:Any medium excluding photography, film and digitally created images.
Eligibility:UK & International artists (over 18)
Entry Fee:£25 (£10 each for DSWF Members, 17-25 yr olds and over 60s. Up to 5 works maximum.)
Website:davidshepherd.org

New English Art Club - Open Competition

New English Art Club Open Competition deadline Feb 2020

2019 competition closed for entries. Takes place at the Mall Galleries in London 14th-22nd of June. There are two top prizes of £5,000 and secondary awards of £500 and £300. UK and EU artists over 18 can enter. Entry fees are £15 per artwork or £10 for under 35 year olds (maximum of 6 entries). Paintings, drawings, pastels & original framed prints (not sculptures) are all accepted and must have been completed in the last 2 years.
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UK Art Competitions - Ashurst Prize 2019

Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize deadline Feb 24th 2019

2020 prize opens November. Started in 2014 by Ashurst law firm & supported by Cass Art this is the fifth instalment of the Ashurst art competition with new photography and new media prizes increasing the total prize fund to £9,000. The top prize is £3,000 plus a £500 voucher. See the full list of prizes here. Shortlisted artists will appear in a group show from May to July 2019 and prize winners will exhibit between July and September. You can enter up to 5 works with a fee of £20 for the first work then £10 for each additional entry. There are no restrictions on age or nationality – paintings, photography, mixed media, sculpture are all accepted. See previous prize winners from 2015 onwards.
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Jackson's Art Painting Prize

The Jackson’s Open Painting Prize deadline Mar 2020

2019 prize closed for entries. We’ve already crowned Jackson’s Art as the best website for buying art supplies in the UK so it’s fitting that they run a pretty great art prize themselves. The Jackson’s Open Painting Prize has a first prize of £5,000, a People’s Choice Award of £1,000, an Emerging Artist prize of £1,000 and six prizes of £500 in each category of: Portrait/Figure, Animals, Still life/Botanical, Non-representational, Abstract, Landscape/Cityscape/Seascape and Scenes of Everyday Life. Entering the Prize costs only £5 per artwork with a maximum entry of 5 works. Not sure if your work’s a god fit? Read this informative post from former judge, Julie Caves, for more on the selection criteria.
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mostyn-21-art-competition

MOSTYN Open 21 deadline Mar 2020

2019 prize closed for entries. The exhibition of selected works takes place at MOSTYN Contemporary Art Gallery in Wales, with a top prize of £10,000 awarded to a single artist or collective and an ‘Audience Award of £1,000 for the artist receiving the most votes from exhibition visitors. An Exhibition Award will award an exhibition at MOSTYN to the artist or collective that the selectors feel would most benefit at this point in their career. Open to artists working in any medium from any country. Exhibition dates are 13th July – 27 October 2019. You can enter up to 6 artworks with an entry fee of £25 per work.
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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:24th March 2020 opens 17th Feb 2020
Shortlist:Dates to be announced
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £25000
Exhibition:Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (Autumn, 2020)
Medium:Painting
Eligibility:UK based artists (18+)
Entry Fee:To be announced
Website:liverpoolmuseums.org.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:31st March 2020 awaiting entry
Shortlist:Announced May 2020
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £1250
  • 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

alpine-fellowship

Alpine Fellowship Visual Arts Prize deadline Apr 2020

2019 prize closed for entries. Awarded for the best visual arts response to ‘Identity’ – the theme of the 2019 Alpine Fellowship Annual Symposium. The winner and two runners up are invited to attend the symposium in Sweden. Winner receives £2000 and a further £1000 towards shipping and installing the winning piece. Open to all nationalities, aged 18 and above. All visual media permitted including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, digital, and installation. Limited to one entry per person – should include images or video and details of the work, including a short description of how it is related to the theme of ‘Identity.’ Shortlisted entries will be notified by email.
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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:16th April 2020 open for entry!
Winners:Announced 21st May 2020
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £20000
  • Judges Prize: £2000
  • Other prizes: £4000 (total value)
Exhibition:Stained Glass Museum, Ely (June-July 2020)
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)
Entry Fee:None (Frame required for exhibition is £15 and must be ordered by 6th January 2020)
Website:glazierscompany.org.uk

Ruth Borchard Prize

Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize deadline Apr 2020

2019 competition closed for entry. The winner will receive £10,000 and the chance for their work to be purchased for the Ruth Borchard Next Generation Collection. 120 shortlisted works will be exhibited at Kings Place, London. Open to artists of any age based in the UK and Ireland. Works must be a self-portrait of the artist (alone or as part of a group, figurative or abstract) including drawing, painting, watercolour, print, collage, photo-collage, mixed media, and low-relief sculpture and construction. Submission cost is £25. See the full FAQ’s and entry criteria.
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Ruskin Art Prize - UK art competition

John Ruskin Prize deadline May 2020

2019 competition closed for entry. Now in it’s 5th year the John Ruskin Prize is organised by the fine people at The Big Draw and Guild of St. George. This year coincides with the bicentenary of Ruskin’s birth and the theme for 2019’s prize is: Agent’s Of Change – an opportunity for creatives to “consider their role as catalysts of change, critics, social and political commentators and material innovators”. The prize is open to makers and craftspeople as well as fine artists over 18 and working in the UK. The top prize winner receives £3000, 2nd prize £1000 and a Student Prize of £1000. 25 finalists will be selected to exhibit at The Holden Gallery at Manchester School of Art where the three main winners will be announced at a private view on 11th July. Sign up for their newsletter for entry updates. Entry fees are 1 artwork: £12 for 1 artwork, £15 for 2 artworks and £20 for 3 artworks (with reduced rates for students).
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Landscape Artist of the Year

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year deadline May 2020

2019 competition closed for entry. Not your usual art competition – this is a chance to appear on the popular Sky Arts series travelling to impressive locations to compete for the title of Landscape Artist of the Year. The winner of each competition gets the added bonus of a £10,000 commission for a British institution’s permanent collection and £500 of art materials from Cass Art. Here’s the trailer for last year’s competition with Joan Bakewell & Frank Skinner hosting. If you’re as comfortable in front of camera as canvas then this could be worth a shot. If you end up missing the deadline watch out for wild card places available until June.
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WAC Awards

The WAC Awards deadline May 2020

2019 awards closed for entry. Established by a group of artists in South-West England in 2012, the Wells Art Contemporary Awards are open to UK and international artists working in ay medium – large works are encouraged. Entry Fee is £15 per work (£12 per work for current students) with a maximum of limit of 4 entries. One artist will receive the £2,000 RK Harrison Award, up to 4 artists will be awarded an exhibition at the JGM Gallery next to the Royal College of Art in London. There’s a mentoring prize, People’s Prize and a Next Generation Art Prize for artists under 30 to exhibit at the gallery. The Exhibition will be open to the public in July and August.
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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 2020 awaiting entry
Shortlist:Announced 29th 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 (30 Sep – 5 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

artsdepot Open 2019

artsdepot Open 2019

Celebrating its 15th anniversary. All exhibition proceeds go towards supporting artsdepot’s programme of free art shows in London. Open to all forms of media.

Deadline:June 2020 awaiting entry
Shortlist:Announced June
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £3000
Exhibition:Apthorp Gallery, London (18 Jul – 30 Aug)
Medium:Any media
Eligibility:UK based artists (16+)
Entry Fee: £12 per work / £6 students (max 3)
Website:artsdepot.co.uk

The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

The largest UK art prize for contemporary watercolour painting enters its 32nd year. Approximately 100 water-based works to be selected for touring exhibition.

Deadline:June 2020 awaiting entry
Shortlist:Announced 21st June (2nd round selection 5-6 July)
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £8000
  • Second Prize: £3000
  • Third Prize: £1000
  • Young Artist Prize (under 30): £500
Exhibition:
Medium:Any water-based media (includes acrylics, gouache & inks)
Eligibility:UK based artists
Entry Fee:£15 per work (max 4)
Website:sundaytimeswatercolour.org

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 2020 awaiting entry
Shortlist:Announced 18th July
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £8000
  • Second Prize: £5000
  • Third Prize: £2000
  • Evelyn Williams Drawing Award: £10,000 (biennial award for mid-career artist to hold solo exhibition)
  • Working Drawing Prize: £3000 (preparatory drawing for work or project yet to be realised)
Exhibition:Trinity Buoy Wharf, London (Opens Sep 2020 before touring to July 2021)
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

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 2020 awaiting entry
Shortlist:Announced 26th July (check website after 6pm)
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £1000
  • 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 (18 Sep – 29 Sep)
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 2020 awaiting entry
Shortlist:Announced 10th July
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £3000 + 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 (1 Oct – 31 Oct)
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

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:June 2020 awaiting entry
Shortlist:Announced 1st August (60 finalists: 30 fine artists and 30 photographers)
Prizes:
  • Fine Art First Prize: £5000
  • Second Prize: £1000
  • Third Prize: £500
  • Young Fine Artist (16-25): £500
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  • 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

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 2020 awaiting entry
Winner:Announced by end of July
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £6000 (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

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 2020 awaiting entry
Shortlist:Announced by 19th July
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £2000
  • Additional Prizes: £500 4 prizes of £500
Exhibition:Williamson Art Gallery, Wirral (3 Aug – 15 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 2020 awaiting entry
Shortlist:Announced Sep 2019 (winners: Jan 2020)
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £5000 (five awards of £5,000 + professional mentoring, curatorial and PR support)
Exhibition:Saatchi Gallery, London (May 2020)
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

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:31st July 2020 awaiting entry
Shortlist:Announced 8th September
Prizes:
  • First Prize: $15,000
  • Second Prize: $7000
  • Young Artist Prize: $3000 (30 and under)
Exhibition:Gallery Nawei, Singapore (9 Nov – 15 Nov)
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

New Light Prize Exhibition

New Light Prize Exhibition deadline Jul 2020

Next competition to take place in late 20120. A biennial competition open to contemporary artists born, based or who have studied in the North of England: Cumbria, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland and Yorkshire. Shortlisted artists will feature in the New Light Prize Exhibition, touring three of the North’s most prestigious venues as well as a week long London exhibition at the Bankside Gallery. This year’s awards include the £10,000 Valeria Sykes Prize, a Patron’s Choice Award of £2,500 and Printmakers’ Prize amongst others totalling over £15,000. Entry fees are £15 for one artwork, £30 for two then £10 per work thereafter. A maximum of 3 works per artist will be shortlisted. Artworks must have been produced within the last 3 years.
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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:August 2020 awaiting entry
Shortlist:Announced by 28th August
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £1500 (plus slot at Flux Exhibition 2020)
  • Second Prize: £500
  • Third Prize: £250 (Cass Art Vouchers)
Exhibition:Burgh House, London (28 Aug – 1 Sep)
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

Aesthetica Art Prize - UK Art Competitions

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 2020 awaiting entry
Shortlist:Announced January 2020 (longlist December 2019)
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 2020)
Medium:Photographic & Digital Art; Three-Dimensional Design & Sculpture; Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media; & Video, Installation & Performance.
Eligibility:UK & International artists (18+)
Entry Fee:£24 (allows up to 2 artworks)
Website:aestheticamagazine.com

Discerning Eye Exhibition

ING Discerning Eye Exhibition

Two artists, two collectors and two critics choose both publicly submitted works alongside works by invited artists for six mini-exhibitions within the exhibition.

Deadline:September 2020 awaiting entry
Shortlist:Dates to be announced
Prizes:
  • ING Purchase Prize: £5000
  • Founder’s Purchase Prize: £2500
  • Chairman’s Purchase Prize: £1000
  • Meynell Fenton Prize: £1000
  • Humphreys Purchase Priz: £750
  • Wright Purchase Prize: £500
  • DE Sculpture & 3D Prize: £250
  • Regional Prizes: £250
Exhibition:Mall Galleries, London (14 Nov – 24 Nov)
Medium:Any 2D/3D media (Max size: 50cm in any direction)
Eligibility:UK residents only
Entry Fee:£15 per work (max 6) Reduced to £12 if paid online. No fees for members
Website:discerningeye.org

Ingram Purchase Prize

Young Contemporary Talent Purchase Prize

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

Deadline:September 2020 awaiting entry
Shortlist:Announced 25th September
Prizes:
  • Prizes: (Up to 3 entries will be purchased, solo show at The Lightbox & 1 week residency)
Exhibition:The Cello Factory, London 8–12 Nov
Medium:Any media
Eligibility:UK and International artists (who have graduated from a UK art school since 2014)
Entry Fee:No entry fee (max: 2 artworks)
Website:ingramcollection.com

Marshwood Arts Awards

Marshwood Arts Awards

Biennial exhibition in the South West of England launched over 10 years ago selects 17 artists and makers across 4 creative categories.

Deadline:September 2020 awaiting entry
Shortlist:Announced 14th October
Prizes:
  • Prize Fund: £1000 (Total prize fund)
Exhibition:Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset 9 Nov – 7 Dec
Medium:Painting & Drawing, Sculpture, Photography & Digital Media, Applied Arts
Eligibility:UK and International artists/makers’ (able to have chosen work delivered to Bridport)
Website:marshwoodawards.com

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 2020 awaiting entry
Shortlist:Announced 21st October
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £5000 (plus solo show at the Embassy of Brazil)
  • Second Prize: £2000
Exhibition:Embassy of Brazil, London 13 Nov – 18 Dec
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

Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition

Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition

You don’t need to live in Scotland or have Scottish connections to enter this annual exhibition, as long as you can drop off any chosen works in Edinburgh.

Deadline:September 2020 awaiting entry
Shortlist:Dates to be announced
Prizes:
  • W Gordon Smith Award: £3000
  • Presidents Prize: £600
  • Deloitte Prize: £500
  • Arusha Prize: £500 (plus Edinburgh solo show)
  • Several other prizes awarded
Exhibition:Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (Dates T.B.A.)
Medium:All media
Eligibility:UK & International artists (able to drop off chosen work in Edinburgh)
Entry Fee:£15 per work (max 3) no fees for members
Website:s-s-a.org

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:October 2020 awaiting entry
Shortlist:Announced 30th October
Prizes:
  • Prizes: (4 Category Winners and People’s Choice Award.)
Exhibition:Bankside Hotel, London Feb 2020
Medium:Painting, Sculpture, Photography & Film, Drawing & Printmaking
Eligibility:UK and International artists (current art students and graduates from 2016 onwards)
Entry Fee:No entry fee (max: 1 artwork)
Website:signatureartprize.com

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:October 2020 awaiting entry
Shortlist:31st January(Longlist: 18 Dec)
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £10000
  • Public Choice: £1000
Exhibition:Oxo Tower Wharf, London (10 – 19 Apr)
Theme:“God is…”
Medium:Any media
Eligibility:UK residents (16+)
Entry Fee:Early bird: (before 18 July) 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

Artworks Open

Artworks Open

Deadline:October 2020 awaiting entry
Shortlist:Announced 31st October
Prizes:
  • First Prize: £1000 (with show)
  • Second Prize: £500 (with show)
  • More Prizes: 2 x 6 week residencies, art materials prize
Exhibition:Artworks Project Space, London 23 Nov – 8 Dec
Medium:2D and 3D works (no bigger than 100cm in height, width or depth)
Eligibility:UK and International artists
Entry Fee:1 work: £12, 2 works: £24, 3 works: £33, 4 works: £40. (max: 4 artworks)
Website:barbicanartsgrouptrust.co.uk

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!

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