Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Major Art Competitions in the UK - a timetable

This is my annual post listing all the Major Art Competitions in the UK. It excludes
National Portrait Gallery
Sandy Nairne announcing the winner of the BP Portrait Prize 2009
photograph copyright Katherine Tyrrell

Below you can find all the art competitions based in the UK that I'm aware of where the first prize is £10,000 or more. At least three of them have a first prize of £25,000.

Major Art Competitions in the UK in 2010

John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize: the John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize is the UK's best-known painting competition
  • receiving days: between - see below for details
  • prize: first prise of £25,000
  • exhibition:Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (Biennial) - 18 September 2010 to 3 January 2011
  • website: John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize 2010
  • my blog post: to be posted
BP Portrait Award: The leading portrait award - with a hefty prize, an exhibition in the National portrait Gallery and submissions from all over the world.
The Royal Academy of Art - Summer Exhibition 2010: The largest annual exhibition in the UK with well over 1,000 items of art on display for several weeks at the Royal Academy of Art

The Threadneedle Prize for figurative painting and sculpture. A new prize for contemporary figurative and representational art. Loses its USP for 2010 - the major prize will now be awarded by the selectors rather than via a public vote - shame!
  • Registration opens: 1 Mar 2010
  • Deadline for registration: Sculptors: 17 May 2010; Painters: 1 Jun 2010
  • Receiving Days: 5-7 Jun 2010
  • exhibition:Mall Galleries 2nd-18th September 2010
  • website: THE THREADNEEDLE PRIZE for painting and sculpture
  • my blog post: to be posted
Royal Watercolour Society / Sunday Times Watercolour Competition
Lynn Painter Stainers Prize
ING Discerning Eye
  • receiving days: September 2010(?); see below for details
  • exhibition:Mall Galleries, November 2010(?)
  • website: ING Discerning Eye
  • my blog posts: (2009 - see
Wildlife Artist of the Year
I have a resource site which lists all these prizes (and others) and provides links to current art competitions and past blog posts and sites of relevance. Consult the links identified above and/or Art Competitions in the UK - Resources for Artists for further information


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