Friday, August 29, 2008

Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2008 - deadline 15th September

The deadline for applications from representational painters for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize is fast approaching. Artwork starts being collected from regional collection points in just under a weeks time. Those who can get to the City of London Hand In centre have slightly more than two weeks - final submissions will be received on Sunday 14 and Monday 15 September 2008.

This is the fourth year of the Prize which was created to encourage creative representational painting and to promote the skill of draughtsmanship. Prize money this year totals £22,500.

Khadija's hat by Charlotte Sorapure (exhibitor 2007)

The competition is open to living UK artists over the age of eighteen (on 15.09.08.) - who are invited to submit up to three original and recent non-sculptural works.
  • Only original, two-dimensional works in any painting media, that have been completed in the last three years and have not been previously exhibited are eligible
  • works must not exceed 72inches (183 cms in thier largest dimensions - including frame)
  • Works on paper must be framed and no metal or plastic frames will be accepted for judging. There should be no projections on the backs of frames.
  • All work (except commissioned portraits) has to be for sale.
The competition is co-sponsored by the Painter's Company Charity and the Lynn Foundation with media support from The Spectator. and includes
  • a First Prize of £15,000,
  • 5 Runner-up Prizes of £1,000 and
  • a Young Artist Award of £2,500.
The 2008 judges include artist Daphne Todd OBE PPRP NEAC HON HON SWA (Past President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters), Anthony Green RA and the 2007 prizewinner, Benjamin Sullivan. Laura Gasgoigne, Art Critic for The Spectator and Andrew Wilton, Visiting Research Fellow at Tate Britain complete the panel.

How to enter and downloads

Last year nearly 800 entries were submitted and 66 paintings were selected for an exhibition which I saw last November and commented on in it Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize and exhibition

For those unfamiliar with such exhibitions, I can tell you that (a) it's an excellent exhibition and consequently a big achievement for artists who get work accepted (b) it attracts entries from prominent artists and (3) it's worth reading the article by judge Laura Gasgoigne - as suggested in my blog post review of the exhibition.

do read her article on the exhibition which describes the selection process. What happens will come as no surprise to anybody who has ever been involved in a selection process for an exhibition or competition attracting a large number of entries - but maybe a bit of an eye-opener for others.

If you want to enter the deadline for entries in London is 14 and 15 September 2008 - however there are also regional collection points - which start in Birmingham next Thursday 4th September.

For full details of how to enter - including a leaflet which details submission rules, 2008 competition dates, a location map for the City of London Hand In Centre and details and timings of regional collection points - you'll need to download the following from the website of the organiser Parker Harris

There will be an exhibition of some selected 70 - 80 works at Painters’ Hall, 9 Little Trinity Lane, London EC4V 2AD from 19th to 29th November 2008. It's a magnificent venue and this is an exhibition which is well worth if you're able to do so.

For further information please contact the prize organisers, Parker Harris, on 01372 462190 or email:

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