Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2010 - Call for Entries

The Call for Entries for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize has been issued.
The purpose of the Prize is to encourage creative representational painting and promote the skill of draughtsmanship. 
This is the sixth year of the Prize. Prize money this year totals £22,500.  The 2009 Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize attracted over 800 entries from all over the UK, from which 82 paintings were selected for an exhibition held at Painters’ Hall, City of London in November 2009.
  • Toby Wiggins received £15,000 and an engraved Gold Medal as Winner of the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize for his painting Suspended animation, and 
  • Michael De Bono, received £2,500 as winner of the Young Artist Award and £1,000 as winner of a Runners-up award for his work Natural philosophy.
You can see lots of images of works selected and shortlisted plus photograhs of the exhibition in my posts about the competition in 2009:
 How to enter

This art competition is administered by Parker Harris. Entry forms, further information and labels are available on their website to download as follows:
Alternatively you can opt for snail mail and send a SAE to the following address and forms will be sent to you: Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, PO Box 279, Esher, Surrey KT10 8YZ

The basic rules of the competition and conditions of entry are as follows:
  • To enter you must be over 18 on 29 September 2010 and resident in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands or Isle of Man.
  • You may only submit original, two dimensional works in any painting media which have been completed in the last three years and have never been been previously exhibited.
  • All works submitted must be available for exhibition until the 31 December 2010
  • You can submit up to four works which must not exceed 72 inches (183 cms) in their largest dimension including frame.
  • Works on paper must be framed.  No work in metal or plastic frames will be accepted for judging.  Specific requirements regarding framing and/or cross-bearers for canvases. There must with no projections are the rear of the frame.
  • All works must be for sale, except commissioned portraits.
  • All work needs to be fully labelled (artist’s name, address, title of work, price)
  • All work must be submitted unpacked (ie no support for unpacking/packing) with a fully completed Entry Form and an entry fee of £15 (per work) to a collection point
  • Final deadline for receipt of entries in London: 19 & 20 September 2010.  For further information about delivery in London and regional collection details download the leaflet. The guidance provides details of receiving dates for 16 towns and cities (and motorway service stations) throughout the UK besides London. The earliest receiving date (in Birmingham) is 2nd September
  • Unselected works to be collected from London on 24 September (or from Picture Post - see leaflet for details)
  • Commission of 40% +VAT will be levied on works sold during or as a result of the exhibition, or by means of the website, www.painterstainers.org. (except for commissioned portraits)
  • Unsold works to be collected 30th November
  • The judges’ decision will be final and binding.
On 23 September 2010, a list of the accepted artists’ names and registration numbers will be viewable at www.painterstainers.org or www.parkerharris.co.uk.


The 2010 panel will include the following judges:
Ian Fair, a Trustee of the Lynn Foundation, will act as the non-voting Chairman of the panel.


The prizes are
  • The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize - £15,000 plus an engraved Gold Medal
  • 5 Runner-Up Prizes each at £1,0009
  • Young Artist Award - £2,500 - to be awarded to an artist who is 25 years of age or under on 29 September 2010
The Lynn Painter-Stainers Competition is sponsored by The Painter-Stainer's Company, The Lynn Foundation, Minerva, Linklaters LLP and Champagne Bollinger.

    The 2009 Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Exhibition will be held at The Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers at The Painters’ Hall in Little Trinity Lane, London EC1 on 15 - 26 November 2010 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday. Admission free


    During the exhibition a series of Master Classes have been organised on the art of still life and portrait drawing. All classes are free, but booking is essential. Further information will be available shortly.

    The Lynn Painter-Stainers Fish
    (Four fish out of water)
    14" x 18", coloured pencils
    copyright Katherine Tyrrell

    I attended one of these in 2008 and had fun drawing these fish while sitting in the magnificent Livery Hall hall of Painters' Hall - the home of the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers in the City of London - with magnificant chandeliers overhead!

    Links to previous posts on Making A Mark about the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize - which include images of previous exhibitions



    1. I love your blog...always filled with interesting links and info!!

    2. This competition struck me as snobbish being restricted as it is. But it made me think about representational art, draftsmanship and the oil medium. Of course, that particular genre and draftsmanship go hand in hand--but then draftsmanship is a skill all artists should possess no matter they choose to paint. So the oil requirement is what makes the competition seem snobbish to me-- and reminds me of the Impressionists, their break from the Salon and all the movements there after that lead up to the Abstract Expressionists who threw out all rules and restrictions, but unfortunately opened the door for the minimalists, who could use at least one rule. This announcement gave me food for thought. Thank you.

    3. Hi LW Roth

      I'm a little puzzled by your comment as there is no requirement to submit work in oil. Neither my blog post nor the leaflet providing the rules and conditions of entry say anything about entries being limited to oil

      It's not a snobbish competition at all! :)


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