Monday, November 10, 2014

£15,000 Lynn Painter Stainers Prize 2015 - Call for Entries

This is a rather late overview of the call for entries for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2015
Created in 2005, the Prize aims to encourage the very best creative representational painting and promote the skill of draftsmanship.
I must confess I have been thoroughly confused by the timetabling of the Lynn Painter-Stainer Prize in recent years. It has moved dates for call for entries and exhibitions and even cancelled it one year. It would be great if the Prize could settle down and stick to a routine!

Anyway - the bottom line for 2015 is that the deadline for entries is 8th December 2015.

Here's what you need to know.

The Craggs at Dawn (from Carlton Hill)a section of the winning painting in 2014
by Catherine Davison


I normally only post about art competitions where the first prize exceeds £10,000. In this instance the prizes are as follows:
  • First Prize: £15,000
  • 5 Runner-Up Prizes: £1,500 each
  • Young Artist Award: £2,500 (For an artist who is 25 years of age or under)
  • Brian Botting Prize for Figurative Drawing: £5,000 (For an artist who is 30 years of age or under)
You'll note this is a good competition for younger artists to enter!

The Exhibition

For the 2014 Exhibition, 85 drawings and paintings by 78 artists were selected.

This year's advice is that c.100 artworks will be exhibited at the Mall Galleries between 16th and 21st February 2015. (Free admission).

Viewing the prizewinning paintings 2014

Information for Artists

Who can enter

  • Living artists over the age of 18, who are resident in the British Isles - irrespective of whether or not they are a British citizen.
  • British citizens living abroad cannot enter.

Eligible artwork

  • Original, two-dimensional works in any painting or drawing media. 
  • These MUST have been completed in the last three years and not previously exhibited.
  • You can submit up to 4 works
  • All works must be for sale, except for commissioned portraits.
  • The longest dimension of each entry - including frame - must not exceed 60 inches (152 cms).

Entry fees and commission

  • Entry is £20 per work (£8 per work for students).
  • You can pay by Paypal or via Paypal using your credit card
  • Commission of 40% + VAT @ 20% will be charged on works sold during or as a result of the exhibition, or by means of the website. This means that you will receive a net sum equivalent to 52% of the price you state.

How to enter

Online image constraints

  • Your digital image for every artwork entered should have a resolution of 300dpi but with a maximum file size of 500KB. 
  • Only the following file formats are acceptable: JPEGs, TIFFs or PNGs.  
  • Each image file must be named with your surname, first name and brief title e.g. SmithJohn_Title.jpeg
(Personally I find this nonsensical - but then I've just submitted a 300 dpi pic to London Transport for my Boriscard and I know what the actual size of that was!  The problem with a file size limit of 500kb @300 dpi is it will be TINY!) I don't understand why the organisers don't use Dropbox which would allow much bigger images to be uploaded all of which can then be viewed in Dropbox by all the judges! 

Key Dates

  • 8th December 2014 - Deadline for online entries, by 5pm
  • 19th December 2014 - Results of initial judging emailed to artists by this date
  • 9th January 2015 - 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 via theTrainline.com which have become a lot more reasonable if you travel off peak and get the timing right). A list of approved art carriers who can offer collection and delivery services for the final judging will also be available to all shortlisted artists.
  •  14th January 2015 - Results of final round judging emailed to artists by this date
  •  17th January 2015 - Unaccepted short listed works available for collection at the FBA 10am-5pm
  •  16th February - Private View and Prize Giving
  •  16th - 21st February - Exhibition at Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1, 10am-5pm daily

The 2015 Selection Panel

The selectors will be looking for work that demonstrates the very best in creative representational painting and promotes the skill of draughtsmanship.
The 2015 judges include:
  • Angela Flowers, Founder, Flowers Gallery
  • Ken Howard OBE RA NEAC, Artist
  • Brian Sewell, Critic
  • Ruth Stage, Artist and winner of the Lynn Painter Stainers Prize 2013
  • Andrew Wilton, Visiting Research Fellow at Tate Britain


The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers dates back to 1502.
The Painters received an Inspeximus in 1466 and a Grant of Arms in 1486 and in 1502 the Paynters united with the Steyners, to form the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers.
Past members of the Company have included Sir Joshua Reynolds, Sir Godfrey Kneller, Sir Peter Lely, Sir James Thornhill, William Dobson, Peter Monamy, Lord Leighton, Sir John Millais, Sir Edwin Lutyens, Sir Alfred Munnings, Sir Thomas Monnington, Sir Gerald Kelly, Sir Charles Wheeler, Sir Hugh Casson and Sir Roger de Grey.

It supports the art and craft of painting - primarily through this Prize. 

The Lynn Foundation is a charity devoted to children, the disabled, music and the arts. Its contribution is the prize money totalling £25,000 and an engraved gold medal for the winner of the First Prize.

Previous Years of the Lynn Painter-Stainer Prize

Links to previous Making A Mark posts about the Lynn Painter Stainer Prize and Exhibition







  1. glad you listed the not been exhibited before - I completely missed that on the entry form! Darn. Oh well, maybe shan't be entering again this year :(

  2. And I did enter - choosing what I thought was the best never-seen-before painting in the studio then taking a (not that great) photo - and I got in! Most amazing - thank you Katherine and maybe see you there?


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