Monday, January 07, 2013

Major Art Competitions in the UK in 2013

My first post of the New Year is my annual post which lists all the Major Art Competitions in the UK in 2013.

Below you will find ALL major art competitions in the UK plus:
  • an overview of what each competition is about
  • links to more information
  • key dates - including the deadline for entry where known.
This year I have created a standard listing for summarising all basic data including that to the Making A Mark post providing an overview of the competition.  The advantage of this post is that it systematically represents all the "need to know" information which can be scattered about on different pages of Competition websites and systematically highlights the deadlines and links to forms

I will also be updating information - as it becomes available - on Major UK Art Competitions in 2013 Page (a static page at the top of this blog - just under the title).  Future information will include links to:
  • Call for Entries
  • Announcement of selected artists 
  • Names and websites of artists shortlisted for Prizes
  • Exhibition reviews 
In my website Art Competitions in the UK I will also continue to provide an archive of information about past art competitions and reviews of works selected for precious competition exhibitions.

It also includes:
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Please note that this post EXCLUDES Art Society Open Exhibitions
  • art competitions based in the UK which have a first prize of less than £10,000 (unless they are the major award for that type of art eg Jerwood Drawing Prize)
  • the major open exhibitions organised by national art societies which I will cover in  a future post Key Dates for UK National Art Society Exhibitions in 2013 

The listing is organised by the month of the deadline for initial entries......

Major Art Competitions in the UK in 2013

January 2013

Lynn Painter Stainers Prize 2013

Making A Mark overview:
Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2013: Call For Entries (13 Oct 2012)
Overview of Call for Entries for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2013 for representational painting.  Note comments re regional collection/return of paintings

Deadline - Artwork: Friday 11th and Saturday 12th January 2013 
between 10am and 5pm Federation of British Artists (at the rear of The Mall Galleries) 17 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5BD

Type of art:   The Prize encourages the very best creative representational painting and promotes the skill of draughtsmanship

Prize:  First Prize: £15,000; 5 Runner-Up Prizes each at: £1,500; Young Artist Award: £2,500

Eligible media:  two dimensional works in any painting or drawing media completed in the last 3 years. No dimension (including frame) larger than 72 inches (183 cms).

Eligible artists:  UK adult artists only ie over 18 on 12 January 2013 and resident in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands or Isle of Man.

: / Parker Harris who administer

Call for entries:  the Call for Entries Leaflet

Online or Physical Entry: Physical

Entry formEntry form (pdf file) | Lynn Painter Stainers Prize 2013


JudgesNina Murdoch; Antony Williams RP, PS, NEAC; Andrew Lambirth; Ken Howard OBE, RA, PPNEAC, RWS; Andrew Wilton

Selected Artists2012 data: 1,150 entries; 98 selected and hung in the exhibition = 8.5% chance of a work being selected

Exhibition LocationMall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1 (Admission Free).  This will include approximately 100 works.  Plus online exhibition (2012 online exhibition)

Exhibition Dates: 18th February - 2nd March 2013

2012 Prizewinners: see Antony Williams wins Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2012 29 Mar 2012

2012 Exhibition Review: see Review: Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2012 Exhibition - Making a Mark 01 Apr 2012

Archive: see Lynn Painter Stainers Prize 2012

Contact: 01372 462190

The JOLOMO Bank of Scotland Award For Scottish Landscape Painting 2013

2011 prizewinners
Making A Mark overview:
Landscape Painting: 2013 Jolomo Bank of Scotland Awards - Call for Entries 20 Sep 2012.
Overview of Call for Entries for 2013 Jolomo Bank of Scotland Awards for landscape painting.

Deadline - registration:  Monday 14th January 2013

Type of art: Scottish landscape painting

Prize:  Main/First prize: £25,000; Runners Up Prizes: - share £10,000 (£6,000 and £4,000)

Eligible media:  detailed stipulation of portfolio submission required - one central, titled painting plus 5-10 supporting paintings, sketches or drawings that are different from the central image

Eligible artists:  emerging adult painters living or working in Scotland and committed to painting the Scottish landscape.  Expected to have pursued higher/further education in art in last five years or need to be nominated (see commentary)


Call for entries: Note this impossible to read for many people - tiny white text on black background!

Online or Physical Entry: digital entry (CD-rom) by post only / no emails allowed

Entry formthe application form (download pdf file)

Deadline - Artwork: Unclear

Exhibition Location: not stated on website

Exhibition Dates: not stated on website / awards presentation in June 2013

Selected Artists: shortlisted artists will be notified in April 2013

2011 PrizewinnersScottish Landscape Painting and a £25,000 prize.

ArchiveJolomo Bank of Scotland Award for Scottish Landscape Painting

Contact: Telephone: 01506 834244 E-Mail:

Wildlife Artist of the Year (David Shepherd)

Making A Mark overview:  Wildlife Artist of the Year 2013 - Call for Entries #1: David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation  

Deadline - RegistrationThe closing date is 21st January 2013

Type of art: Wildlife Art - an international open competition.  Seven categories of entry

Prize:  Overall Winner £10,000 cash prize and title 'Wildlife Artist of the Year 2013' ; Overall Runner-Up £1,000 cash prize. Remaining Category Winners £500 each.

Eligible media:  any medium except photography and film for artwork completed within the last five years by the entrant.  Artwork must be original work of the artist ie Artists using exact reference from another professional artist or photographer risk having their work rejected.

Eligible artists:  Both amateur and professional artists aged 17 years and over on 21 January 2013.  No distinction is made in the judging for the relative status of the artist.


Call for entries:  terms and conditions

Online or Physical Entrydigital entry is a mandatory - no other methods of submission will be accepted


Entry form:  online entry formmultiple entries allowed

Deadline - Artwork:

Selected Artists:  Judging will take place in three stages (dates to be confirmed)

Exhibition Location: Mall Galleries, London

Exhibition Dates: 3-8 June

2012 Prizewinners:  see Wildlife Artist of the Year - Karen Laurence-Rowe

2012 Exhibition Review:

Archive:  see Wildlife Artist of the Year run by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

Contact: please contact DSWF by (but see terms and conditions first)

February 2013

BP Portrait Award 2013

The work entered should be a painting based on a sitting or study from lifeand the human figure must predominate.
Making A Mark overview:
MAKING A MARK: BP Portrait Award 2013: Call for Entries 04 Dec 2012  
Overview of the BP Portrait Award 2013 - Call for Entries plus tips for artists intending to submit work and links to info. about past years.  Reference also to BP Young Artist Award and BP Travel Award.

Deadline - Registration: (entry forms and entry fees) Monday 13 February 2012

Type of art: Portrait paintings

Prize:  First Prize £30,000 plus commission worth £5,000;

Eligible work/media:  Painting based on sitting or observation from life. You need to have met the sitter - the entry form includes a box which requires you to tick to say you have met the sitter.  Dimensions: maximum size (framed): 244 x 244cm (96″ x 96″); minimum size (unframed): 25 x 20cm (10” x 8”)
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.
Eligible artists: all artists living anywhere in the world who are aged 18 and over on 1st January 2013.


Call for entries: NPG / BP Portrait Award 2013 - How to enter

Online or Physical Entry: Online Registration  To request a postal entry form call 020 7321 6699 or write to NPG

Deadline - Artwork:
Monday 4 March – Thursday 14 March, 09.00–17.00 (excluding weekends)
For works delivered in person:
  • Monday 11 March, 09.00–17.00
  • Tuesday 12 March, 09.00–17.00
  • Wednesday 13 March, 09.00–20.00
  • Thursday 14 March, 09.00–20.00
Entry form: Entry Form

Exhibition Location: National Portrait Gallery, London followed by a tour to two other venues in the UK

Exhibition Dates: 20th June - 15th September 2013

Selected Artists: those selected for 2013 exhibition will be notified by Wednesday 27 March 2013.
2012 Prizewinners:  Aleah Chapin wins £25,000 BP Portrait Award 2012

2012 Exhibition Review:
In the future I will publish on this blog:
  • a reminder about the deadline for entries
  • the list of artists selected for the exhibition
  • the list of shortlisted artists 
  • an article about the awards ceremony
  • features about the prizewinning artists 
  • a video of the exhibition
  • an announcement of the people's favourite plus an analysis of relevant statistics 

Wildlife Artist of the Year (BBC)

Making A Mark overview: Wildlife Artist of the Year 2013 - Call for Entries #2: BBC

Deadlines for entries: The closing date is 28 February 2013

Type of art: Wildlife art - international open competition

Prizea 10-day painting safari in Botswana (worth £3,450) 

Eligible media:  two-dimensional artwork MUST feature wildlife – birds, mammals, waterlife, invertebrates and plants – in a natural or captive environment. (MAM overview has a simple list of ineligible artwork)

Eligible artists:  adults only - all artists must be aged 18 or over; 11 categories of this competition are open to all UK residents only; 2 categories are open to international artists only


Call for entries: - the rules -

Online or Physical Entry:  Online ONLY - jpeg image of artwork must be uploaded to website by the closing date of 28 February 2013. 

Entry form: Entry form - at bottom of page

Exhibition Location:
  • Marwell plus BBC Wildlife Magazine for category winners only
  • SWA Annual Exhibition for the overall winner
2012 PrizewinnersWildlife Artist of the Year 2012

Archive:  BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year

Contact: 0117 3147366 or email our editorial assistant, Jo

March 2013

The Royal Academy of Art - Summer Exhibition 2013

Making A Mark overviewHow to enter the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition 2013

Deadline - Registration:
  • Deadline to pay fee / obtain entry form: Friday, 8th March 2013
  • Complete / Return Entry Form: Tuesday, 12th March 2013 by 4pm
Type of art:  UK's largest annual open art exhibition

Prize£25,000 (The Royal Academy of Arts Charles Wollaston Award) plus various smaller prizes (see List of Prizes and  FAQs)

Eligible work / media:  download the Terms and Conditions of Entry (788 KB)
  • Maximum of two works in total
  • glazed works (watercolours, prints, drawings, photographs, etc) on paper; Unglazed works (oil, acrylic, etc); artist's books; video; sculpture, architectural drawings and models
  • Preferably created within the last 2 years
  • Maximum size (excluding sculpture) is 244 × 350cm
  • ineligible work includes site specific work and work already exhibited elsewhere in London (excluding prints)
Eligible artists: no limitation


Call for entries: Download the 2013 Open Submission Leaflet

FAQs: download Frequently Asked Questions (64 KB)

Online or Physical Entry: Physical (but online registration also required in advance)

Entry form:  Click here to buy an Entry Form  Deadline for getting forms by post for worldwide artists 1st March 2013

Deadline - Artwork:
  • 7 January-12 March:  Audio-visual works; photographs of Sculpture and Architecture entries
  • 8-9 April:  Glazed works (watercolours, prints, drawings, etc)
  • 10-11 April:  Unglazed works (oil, acrylic, etc)
  • 1 May - invited/pre-screened works of Sculpture
  • 2 May - invited/pre-screened works of Architecture 
  • Summer Exhibition Co-ordinators 2013: Norman Ackroyd, Eva Jiricna, Gillian Wearing
  • Selection and Hanging Committee 2013: Anne Desmet, Peter Freeth, Richard MacCormac, John Maine, Humphrey Ocean, Mick Rooney, John Wragg
Selected Artists: over 12,000 works are submitted for consideration every year and around 1200 are exhibited.  In 2012 some 300 works belonged to artists who were not members of the RA.  Those whose work has been shortlisted or designated unsuccessful will be notified by letter in early May. Not all work which is shortlisted is hung.

Exhibition LocationBurlington House, Royal Academy of Arts (home of the RA)

Exhibition Dates: Open to the public Monday, 10th June – Sunday, 18th August 2013

2012 Prizewinners / Exhibition ReviewReview: 244th Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy
09 Jun 2012.  Review of the new hang of the Royal Academy's 244th Summer Exhibition + details of prizewinners and curators.

ArchiveRoyal Academy Summer Exhibition - previous years

Comment:  The Summer Exhibition is probably more notable being the largest open exhibition in the UK, its history and the overall size of the prize pot rather than the size of individual prizes. There are other exhibitions and art competitions in London which can match the top prize money.

June 2013

Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2013

Prizewinners - Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2012
© Katherine Tyrrell
Making A Mark overviewUPDATE: Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2013 - Call for Entries

Deadline - Registration: UPDATE 10 JUNE 2013

Type of art: This competition celebrates the diversity and beauty of the undervalued medium of watercolour and all types of work produced in water-based mediums, whether they are abstract, figurative or landscape

Prize First Prize: £10,000; Second Prize: £6,000; Smith & Williamson Cityscape Prize: £1,500

Eligible artwork/ media:  abstract, figurative or landscape artwork in watercolour.  The paintings entered should have been:
  • carried out in the last three years
  • not previously exhibited.
  • the sole and original work of the entrant; it must be an original composition.
Eligible artists:  all artists born or resident in the UK (no age limits)


Call for entries: to be published
For reference Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2012 - Call for Entries
(11 Apr 2012) The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is a very popular and prestigious competition which is open to both amateur and professional artists who are invited to compete for prizes worth £18,000.

Online or Physical Entry:  Initial entry changed to online in 2012 and initial screening is via digital file.  Artwork is then submitted to the FBA HQ.

Entry form:  See the 2012 Online Entry Form

Deadline - Artwork: June 2013 (specific date to be announced)

Selected Artists:

Exhibition Location: Mall Galleries, The Mall London

Exhibition Dates: September 2013

2012 Prizewinners / Exhibition Review:  see Mark Elsmore wins Sunday Times Watercolour 2012 - Making a Mark (19 Sep 2012) Review of the Sunday Times watercolour Competition Exhibition 2012 - with images of artwork in show.

ArchiveSunday Times Watercolour Competition

Contact:  Parker Harris

Jerwood Drawing Prize

Making A Mark overviewpost about Call for Entries to be published when announced

Deadline for Entries: usually June

Type of art:  The Jerwood Drawing Prize (£6,000) is the country’s leading award in drawing, and is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition dedicated to drawing in the UK. , the Prize aims to recognise and support both established and emerging artists. Each year between 60 and 70 artists are selected for the exhibition

PrizePrize fund increased by over 50% in 2012. First prize of £8,000, a second prize of £5,000 and two student awards of £2,000 each

Eligible media:  Any drawing media. Up to three drawings. An animated film drawn by the artist won the prize in 2012

Eligible artists:  Open to students and established artists - who are resident or domiciled in the UK.


2012 Call for entries:  UPDATE: Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013: Call for Entries

Online or Physical Entry:  c. 3,000 entries were submitted in 2012

Entry form(to be published)

Deadline - Artwork: June 2012 (to be published)

2012 Selected ArtistsMAKING A MARK: Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012: Selected Artists
(06 Jul 2012) 78 works by 73 artists selected for Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012; shortlisted artists listed with links to their websites.

Exhibition Location: usually Jerwood Space

Exhibition Dates: September - October 2012 - followed by a tour of venues in the UK.  Exact dates (to be published)

2012 Prizewinners: see MAKING A MARK: Karolina Glusiec wins £8,000 Jerwood Drawing ...
(13 Sep 2012) Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012 - names of prizewinners, images of prizewinning work and links to their websites.

ArchiveJerwood Drawing Prize

July 2013

The Threadneedle Prize for Painting and Sculpture 2013

Ben Greener with "My Feet"
Winner of The Threadeedle Prize 2012
Making A Mark overview: UPDATE: One month left to enter £30,000 Threadneedle Prize

Deadline - RegistrationThursday 4th July (midday)

Type of art: contemporary figurative and representational art

Prizes:  Threadneedle Prize - £30,000; Visitors' Choice Award £10,000

Eligible media:  three new works created since 1 January 2012 - painting, sculpture and original prints

Eligible artists:  Artists of all nationalities aged 18 or over, living or working in the UK or Continental Europe


Call for entries

Online or Physical Entry: Initial submission is online and digital.  Those who pass screening are required to submit artwork for consideration.  Online pre-selection opens 4th April midday

Deadline - Artwork: Notified to those artists who get through initial screening

Exhibition LocationMall Galleries, The Mall London

Exhibition Dates:  25th September to 12th October 2013

Selected Artists:  MAKING A MARK: Threadneedle Prize 2012 - Shortlisted Artists
25 Sep 2012 The winners of both The Threadneedle Prize (£30,000) and Visitors' Choice Prize (£10,000) will be announced at a special Awards Dinner on Wednesday 10 October 2012 - to which I'm invited.

2012 PrizewinnersMAKING A MARK: Threadneedle Prize 2012 - the Award Winners
11 Oct 2012 Ben Greener wins Threadneedle Prize 2012. Robert Truscott wins People's Choice Award 2012.

2012 Exhibition ReviewMAKING A MARK: Review: Threadneedle Prize Exhibition 2012
27 Sep 2012 Review of the Threadneedle Prize for Painting and Sculpture 2012 Exhibition at the Mall Galleries.

Archive: Previous exhibitions of The Threadneedle Prize

Contact: Tel: 44 (0) 20 7930 6844 |

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013

Making A Mark overview to be published in May 2013

Deadline - Registration:  The Call for Entries for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 will open in May 2013.  You can pre-register your interest in entering Likely deadline July 2013

Type of art: Photographic portraits

Prizethe Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012  is worth £12,000

Eligible media:  Photographs can be in black and white or colour.  They must be unmounted and on paper no smaller than 420x297mm (A3 size) and no larger than 1015x760mm.

Eligible artistsall photographers over the age of 18 (except for previous prizewinners). You must must be 18 years of age or over on 1 January 2013

: to be published

Call for entries:  No Call for Entries as yet - expected May 2013.  In the meantime here's an overview of last year's call for entries MAKING A MARK: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 - Call for Entries (11 Jun 2012)  Overview of Call for Entries for the £12000 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 plus tips for photographers submitting an entry.

Online or Physical Entryto be published

Entry formto be published  Sign up for news alerts

Deadline - Artworkto be published

2012 Selected Artists:
  • probably a ratio of 60 portrait photographs selected from some 6,000 entries
  • Photographers will be notified of the judges’ decision by email or by post by August 2013.
Exhibition Location:  National Portrait Gallery

Exhibition Dates: Nov. 2013- Feb. 2014

2012 Prizewinners:  Making A Mark Review:Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012  06 Sep 2012 Profiles of 4 photographers shortlisted for 2012 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize; exhibition at National Portrait Gallery Nov. 2012 - Feb. 2013.

2012 Exhibition Review:  Current ExhibitionTaylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 8 November 2012 - 17 February 2013 in the Porter Gallery at the National Portrait Gallery.

Archive:  Photography - The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

Contact:  to be published

September 2013

ING Discerning Eye

ING Discerning Eye
Making A Mark overview:  to be published

Deadline - Registration:to be published

Type of art:  The ING Discerning Eye aims to produce a show of small works independently selected by six prominent figures from different areas of the art world: two artist, two collectors and two critics. Work is selected from open submission and with works by artists invited by the individual selectors.

Prize:  The ING Purchase Prize is £5,000 plus there are a variety of other prizes.

Eligible media:  All works must be handmade and an original creation by the artist. Drawings, paintings and sculptures are admissable. Maximum size limit (20" x 20" including frame or plinth/stand)

Eligible artists:  artists eligible to enter are those who are born in or resident in the UK.


Call for entries: post to be written when Call for Entries is published  For reference see last year's MAKING A MARK: Call for Entries: ING Discerning Eye 2012 (14 Jun 2012) Call for entries for ING Discerning Eye Art Competition - overview of process and tips for those considering an entry.

Online or Physical Entry:  post to be written when Call for Entries is published

Entry form: see Parker Harris website for details (when published)

Deadline - Artwork:  Likely - September 2013

2012 Selected Artists: see MAKING A MARK: ING Discerning Eye 2012 - Selected Artists 01 Oct 2012

Exhibition Location:  Mall Galleries - generally in November (dates to be confirmed)

Exhibition Dates:  post to be written when Call for Entries is published

2012 Prizewinners / Exhibition ReviewMAKING A MARK: Owen Bullet wins £5,000 ING Discerning Eye Prize (21 Nov 2012) Review of the prizewinners of the ING Discerning Eye 2012 Art competition + comments on the selectors choices.

Archive:  ING Discerning Eye

Contact:  Parker Harris

Comment: Here are my tips for artists - see MAKING A MARK: Review: ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2011

Other timescales

The Turner Prize 2013

This is a competition but it's not an Open Competition so nothing to do! Nominations are invited.

John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize 

This is a biennial prize and there is no John Moore Painting Prize in 2013. The next one will be in 2014 and the registration deadline for that is likely to be January 2014.

That's it for now.

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1 comment:

  1. I wish I could visit the UK! But that said, I do love reading your blog. Always interesting and I always learn something new.


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