Monday, January 13, 2014

£15,000 Lynn Painter-Stainer Prize 2014 - deadline approaches

Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize - Deadline for entries is the end of this month
This is a reminder for all those intending to submit work to the 9th Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize - the deadline for entries is 29 January 2014, by 5pm.

I've been covering this Prize since 2007 and you if you don't know much about it you can find links to past blog posts and images of the exhibition and winners at the end of this post.

This Prize is a strictly British affair!
The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize is open to living artists over the age of 18, who are resident in the British Isles. Only original, two-dimensional works in any painting or drawing media, that have been completed in the last three years, and that have not been previously exhibited, are eligible. All works must be for sale, except commissioned portraits.
Note the criteria with respect to

  • timescale and 
  • not having been previously exhibited.  

I wish I saw more art competitions putting more emphasis on the latter - it get's very boring at times seeing the same work in several different shows, even if it is good.


It's my practice to in general list only those competitions where the first prize exceeds £10,000.  In this instance the first prize is £15,000.  There are also:

  • 5 Runner-Up Prizes each at: £1,500
  • Young Artist Award: £2,500 - for an artist who is 25 years of age
Lynn Painter-Stainer Prize 2013
The Isabella Plantation by Ruth Stage NEAC
100x120, Egg Tempera £7,000

Information for Artists

I only started doing detailed posts for the Call for Entries because the websites or the paperwork providing the information were so difficult to follow i.e. not everybody can read tiny font sizes made more difficult by a difficult contrast between typeface and support!

However the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize has a very good website now and I need only point you in its direction of the Information for Artists and highlight a few key points and dates

It's also worth mentioning that most winners to date have won with figurative works. 'Large' and/or 'striking' and/or 'bold' are also words which spring to mind - although this has not happened every year.  Definitely a "do not be bashful or wishy washy" art competition.

Key Dates

  • Wednesday 29 January 2014 - Deadline for online entries, by 5pm
  • Tuesday 7 February 2014 - Results of initial judging emailed to artists by this date
  • Tuesday 14 February 2014 - c.200 Shortlisted artists submit works to FBA - not so wonderful for those with jobs and/or living elsewhere in the UK (however do take a look at off-peak train fares which have become a lot more reasonable)
  • Sunday 19 February 2014 - Results of final round judging emailed to artists by this date
  • Sunday 26 February 2014 - Unaccepted short listed works available for collection at the FBA 10am-5pm
  • 17 MARCH 2014 Private View and Prize Giving
  • 18 – 22 MARCH 2014 Exhibition at Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1, 10am-5pm daily

Previous Years


Lynn Painter Stainer Exhibition 2013: Review - 28 Feb 2013 - The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2013 is a competition designed to encourage creative representational painting and promote the skill of draughtsmanship.


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