Monday, September 25, 2017

Lynn Painter Stainers 2018 - Call for Entries

The Call for Entries for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2019 has been published. It describes itself as
...the UK’s leading prize for representational and figurative art – art that seeks to capture the real world
The definition of figurative art seems to be a bit of a moving target these days so it's nice to have a definition of what they mean. Its specific aims are to:
  • encourage the very best creative representational painting and 
  • promote the skill of draughtsmanship
“The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize celebrates the very best of British representational art and acts as a show case to the rest of the world. It’s all about the way in which our artists see the real world and capture it." Daphne Todd - one of this year's Judges
I've got a lot of time for this competition - mainly because I think they pick good judges who tend to stick to the brief.  It's also a competition which tends to select artists who go on to become selected for more art prizes - and winners of them - in the future.

Bottom line - in career terms this is a really good art competition - with great prizes - for those who are sound and talented figurative artists.

This is its 13th year - and you can see what sort of art gets picked in my archive of past blog posts posts about past competitions at the end of this post. This post covers:
  • About the 2017 Prize
    • the prizes
    • the judges
  • How to Enter
    • eligible work
    • how to enter

About the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2018

  • Approximately 200 artists are invited to deliver their actual works after initial selection from digital entries. 
  • Approximately 100 works will then be selected for exhibition in March 2018at the Mall Galleries, London.
Work selected for Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2017


In terms of prizes it's certainly one of the more prestigious art prizes in the UK - particularly for younger artists who are eligible for two worthwhile prizes in addition to the others.

The total pot for prize money is £30,000 split as follows:
  • the Lynn Painter-Stainers First Prize (£15,000)
  • a second prize (£4,000)
  • a newly introduced People’s Prize (£2,000)
  • the Young Artist Award (£4,000) for young artists aged 25 or under. The aim is to promote and support fresh new talent. 
  • the Brian Botting Prize (£5,000) for an outstanding representation of the human figure by an artist aged 30 or under 

Prizewinners in 2017
(see Christopher Green wins Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2017)

Past prizewinners are fans of the competition.
Do enter the competition, it’s really something to work towards. I entered many times before I won.“Winning the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize has been the high point of my work so far. I’ve been very busy since the announcement.” Christopher Green, winner of the 2017 Lynn Painter-Stainers prize
After winning the prize, my painting View from Tate Modern was accepted for the Bath Society of Artists annual exhibition and was featured in the media. I also gained many more connections in the art world.” 2017’s People’s Prize winner, 22-year-old Kieran Nash 
Kieran's prize-winning work is the small painting in the centre


It should be interesting this year. The Judges are
  • Artist and Educator - Robin Mason - Head of Fine Art at the City & Guilds London Art School
  • Art Gallery Owner - Johnny Messum - Founder and Director of Messums, Wiltshire
  • Artist and prizewinner - Benjamin Sullivan RP NEAC - Artist and Winner of the 2017 BP Portrait Award and winner of the Lynn Painter-Stainer Prize in 2007
  • Artists, prizewinner and experienced Judge - Daphne Todd OBE PPRP NEAC - Past President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, BP Portrait Award winner in 2010 (and second prize winner in 1983) and latterly a television celebrity as a judge in the BBC's The Big Painting Challenge. She also exhibits at Messums and is an .Honorary Liveryman, Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers.

How to Enter

Not all the works selected are big


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. 
  • You can be professional or amateur artists
  • British citizens living abroad cannot enter.
Two of the prizes are age-related. Despite highlighting this issue last year, it is still IMPOSSIBLE to tell from the website what the date is for determining age - which is extremely odd to say the least!  Not good practice as it leads to scope for ambiguity and mistakes. The "normal rule" is that the determining date is the deadline for entry.

Eligible artwork

  • Original - which (although they don't say) means in art competition terms that you can assert copyright for your work. What the law says is that your work is derivative and not eligible to claim copyright if you have copied another original artwork done by somebody else - and that includes photographs.
  • two-dimensional works in any painting or drawing media.
  • completed in the last three years (assume the date ends on the deadline for entry)
  • not previously exhibited. (Presumably within the three years which ends with the deadline for entry - again no date is specified)
  • All works must be for sale, except for commissioned portraits (which must be marked NFS on rear).
  • available for exhibition

Number and size of artworks

  • You can submit up to 4 works
  • Longest dimension - including frame - must not exceed 60 inches (152 cms).


I'm very pleased to see that the dates have changed in line with the suggestion I made last year to shave time off the deadline and expand the amount of time between the results of the first round of judging and the submission of works for the second round. You now have a month rather than just two weeks!

The important dates for this competition are as follows

  • DEADLINE for online entries: Wednesday 6 December 2017 by 5pm (GMT) that's two weeks earlier than last year
  • First Round of Judging: Friday 15 December 2017 - Results of initial judging emailed to artists by this date (Good luck on getting your work framed over the Christmas/New Year break - book your framer now!)
Only works shortlisted from the initial digital submission will be received for final judging.
  • Second Round of Judging (two weeks earlier than last year)
    • Friday 12 January 2018 - Shortlisted artists submit works to FBA 10am-5pm
    • Saturday 13 January 2018 - Shortlisted artists submit works to FBA 10am-4pm
    • Tuesday 16 January 2018 - RESULTS of final round judging emailed to artists by this date
  • Collect unaccepted work: Friday 19 January 2018 Unaccepted works available for collection at the FBA, 10am-5pm Note no Saturday collection this year
  • Exhibition: 5 – 17 March 2017 Exhibition at Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1

The exhibition will be hung and curated by artist Sam Wadsworth and Andrew Wilton, visiting research fellow at Tate Britain.

It's a great exhibition to go and see so make a note of the date even if you don't intend to enter.

How to enter

This is a link to the Rules and Guidelines which you need to read in full before you enter.
Don't blame the organisers if something happens which you didn't expect because you only skimmed them and never sat down and read them properly!

Entry fees and commission

Fees have now stayed the same as those that applied in the last two years
  • Standard Entry is £15 per work 
  • Student Entry: £8 per work . 
  • You can pay using your Paypal account or via Paypal using your credit card 
  • Commission of 40% + VAT @ 20% 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.

Stage 1: How to enter

  • ALL Entry is digital and online - via the secure
  • Digital Images must be:
    • 300 dpi
    • file formats: JPG, TIFF, or PNG
    • maximum file size of 500KB - which means a pretty small image in terms of dimensions for length and height
    • files titled using your name and at least part of the title of the artwork
  • Submit your entry online using this online entry form.
BIG TIP: Make sure you get the best possible digital image of your artwork

Stage 2: How to submit work

You only need to submit your actual painting or drawing if you've passed the initial selection filter at Stage 1.
  • Typically around 200 artworks make it through to Stage 2 
  • If you pass, this means your art now has a 50% chance of being selected for exhibition.
BIG TIP: You cannot assume you can book a framer at short notice What this means is
  • if your work is not framed then you need a framer booked and on standby
  • then cancel the job once you've got the result if you do NOT get selected for Stage 2. Not nice for the framer but there really is no other option (speaks one who got caught out badly on one occasion when every framer was booked up in advance!)
You need to:
Good luck if you get this far!  I hope I see your artwork in the exhibition....

More about the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize (2008-2017)


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