Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2018 - Call for Entries

This is about how to enter The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2018 for the best new figurative and representational art - in 2D and 3D. The first prize is £20,000 and a solo exhibition.

It covers:
  • Prizes and Selectors
  • Call for Entries
    • who can enter
    • what you can enter
    • how to enter
    • the timeline of key dates
  • Exhibitions
Plus you can also see at the end my archive list of blog posts relating to past Threadneedle Prize exhibitions

The Columbia Threadneedle Prize was established in 2008 as a partnership between Columbia Threadneedle Investments and Mall Galleries. Over the years it has changed but has become more and more important. It now brands itself as the UK’s leading competition for figurative and representational painting and sculpture.  

I've been with this prize from the beginning - I cast the very first vote in the very first exhibition - and picked the winner! You can see an archive of my posts about the exhibition at the end of this blog.

Prizes and Selectors

Awards announcement at Threadneedle Prize 2016


There are a number of prizes
The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016 Winner - Lewis Hazelwood-Horner


This year’s Panel of Selectors include
The chairman of the panel is Lewis McNaught, Director of Mall Galleries (web page)

Call for Entries

Who can enter

To enter this exhibition you need to be
  • an artist of any nationality,
  • aged 18 or over,
  • presently living or working in the UK or Europe (i.e. Artists living / working outside the UK and EU may NOT submit to The Columbia Threadneedle Prize)
Those who have previously won a prize can submit up to five works but are not eligible to win a prize for at least three years after their award.

If you live in Europe you can submit work but if your work is sold at exhibition you have a responsibility to register and account for UK VAT with H.M. Revenue & Customs and you need to do this before you submit your entry.

What you can enter

Artists are encouraged to submit fresh and topical paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, maquettes, collages, and installations (which may include videos).
The articulation that these should that are strong and topical observations on, or interpretations of, the world around us has been dropped and "fresh and topical" substituted.

These are the 
In summary......

You can enter:
  • paintings, drawings, original prints, sculpture, mixed media constructions, small scale installations and reliefs.
  • up to six works (at a fee of £15 per work - including VAT) Note: Artists aged 35 or under at the time of the submission of their Works to the Federation of British Artists are entitled to a reduced fee. 
  • unframed works - in exhibition condition (ie ready to be hung)
  • diptychs/triptychs and works consisting of a number of elements. These MUST be photographed together as one image and numbered appropriately when submitted (eg #1 of 3)
All works MUST be:
  • completed AFTER 1 January 2016
  • exhibition ready i.e. 
    • well presented for public display.  
    • completely dry at the time of delivery.
  • not previously exhibited in any other prize or competition in the UK or elsewhere
  • smaller than 2.4 metres along the longest dimension
  • for sale - with a minimum price of £300 (which includes commission of 45% plus VAT except for foundry works where commission is 33.3%) - with different figures for prints
  • minus any hanging devices - all hooks, wires and other hanging devices must be removed
  • unwrapped prior to delivery 
  • delivered for exhibition complete with forms and labels

How to enter

All entries must be submitted online BEFORE Friday 22 September 2017, 12 noon
  • You first need to register for an account if you don't already have one
  • Images must be in JPEG format and under 5MB. This is an increase from the 1MB size limit in 2015
  • You can submit multiple good quality photos to represent your work fully. This is new
  • You can submit a video of a 3D sculpture This is new
  • Upload images of your work at http://mallgalleries.oess.uk/
Those entering works are advise to insure their work against all risks as the galleries are used for various purposes.

Key dates are:
  • Submission opens: Monday 19 June 2017, 12 noon
  • Submission closes: Friday 22 September, 12 noon
  • Pre-selection notification: Friday 29 September, 12 noon [Log in to see if your work has been pre-selected]
  • Receiving Day (if pre-selected only): Saturday 28 October, 10am - 5pm
  • Acceptance notification: Thursday 2 November, 12 noon
  • Collection of unaccepted work: Saturday 4 November, 10am - 5pm
  • Collection of unsold work: Thursday 22 February, 10am - 5pm
Artists sending work from abroad are advised to use a picture carrier who will unwrap, store the wrapping and then rewrap for onward transmission. Many artists use Picture Post.


This was the main gallery of the Columbia Threadneedle Exhibition in 2016
- just before the Awards Ceremony
The Exhibition opens at the Mall Galleries on Wednesday 31 January 2018 and continues until 1pm on Saturday 17 February. The exhibition is open every day 10am - 5pm.

Archive - More about the Threadneedle Prize Exhibition

If you want to find out more about the background to this exhibition and the prize please review my previous posts in the archive below.

There is also an Archive of Works on the Columbia Threadneedle website - but it's very difficult to get a sense of size from those images

The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016

Threadneedle Prize 2014

Threadneedle Prize 2013

Threadneedle Prize 2012

2011 Threadneedle Prize
2010 Threadneedle Prize
2009 Threadneedle Prize
2008 Threadneedle Prize

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