Monday, August 20, 2018

Call for entries: £10,000 Evening Standard Art Prize 2018

This is an overview of the Call for Entries for the second year of the £10,000 Evening Standard Art Prize in association with Hiscox.

The theme of The Evening Standard Art Prize is ‘progress’ and aims to inspire artists around the UK to create original works.

Below is my overview of the Call for Entries.
Everything in italics is my comment on aspects of the call for entry

The winner of the First Evening Standard Art Prize in 2017 was painter Helen A Pritchard (below) and or her abstract painting ‘To Make a Sculpture’.  She is a graduate of both the University of East London and the Royal College of Art.

Helen A Pritchard with her winning entry in 2017
Helen A Pritchard with her winning entry in 2017
Photo by Nigel Howard
The overview below is interspersed with images of some of the works which made it though to the Shortlist last year - as in these were the ones I liked!

The Prize and the Judges

The Prize

There is one prize which comprises three elements - all of which on their own are worth having!
  • £10,000 in cash, 
  • a lifetime National Arts Pass and 
  • Hiscox Fine Art Insurance up to a maximum premium of £2,500 for one year (subject to eligibility; and the artist must reside within the UK).
The winning entry will be the favourite entry selected by the judging panel from all valid entries received.

(Note: Emphasis on the word 'valid' - as in compliant with every single aspect of the terms and conditions. Get any of them wrong and you cannot win the prize)

The Judges

There are 6 judges:
The judges have two criteria: 
  • first, has the artist successfully reflected the brief? 
  • Second, have they followed the rules – which are very simple? 
Paintings, drawings and sketches are all accepted, so long as they’re no larger than size A0 (841 x 1189 mm) … and that’s pretty much it.

According to Thompson, the judges were determined to make the Art Prize as open as possible. ‘There are a lot of art competitions catered to established artists, like the Turner Prize,’ she says. ‘But breaking into the art world can be quite difficult.’ The solution was to make the competition completely free to enter, so that way it was accessible to everyone – no commission, no fee, no hassle. 
Why everyone should enter the Evening Standard Art Prize | Hiscox

Who can enter?

Only artists aged 18 years or over and resident in the UK can enter.
(Note: That's going to be resident as in "legitimate resident")

What can you enter?

You can only submit one piece of artwork. - it can be a painting, drawing or sketch no bigger than A0.

Photography submissions are not valid entries

The artwork MUST be:
  • an original piece (as in wholly original / no copying! The definition of "original" in art means you must be capable of asserting legal copyright ownership)
  • no larger than 841 x 1189 mm (33.1 x 46.8 inches) ( It's unclear but in most competitions the size normally means "including the frame")
  • capable of being displayed on a wall or on an easel (the size is equivalent to size A0 i.e. the largest size which can safely sit on an easel. )
  • reflect the the brief of ‘progress’

How to enter

The deadline for entries is 23:59 on Sunday 30 September 2018.
To enter, send the following via email to
  • your full name, 
  • your contact number, 
  • your postcode, 
  • the title of the artwork, 
  • the dimensions of the artwork and 
  • three images of the work from different angles (not to exceed 14 MB) . 
There are NO ENTRY FEES!

Note that by entering, your submission automatically becomes content which may be used by The Evening Standard or Hiscox in future marketing.  (i.e. you are licensing the use of the work to these two entities for marketing purposes)

The Evening Standard also has a standard set of rules relating to their competitions / promotions - and you need to comply with these.

For further information, please write to Customer Care, Evening Standard Limited, Northcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London, W8.

You can follow this art competition on social media using the hashtag #ESArtPrize

Longlist to shortlist

Details of "what happens next" will be sent to those artists whose digital entries are long listed.

I'm guessing you will hear within a few days of the deadline for entries - which means if it needs to be framed you need to plan ahead - before you hear the result!

Long listed entries:

  • must  be sent/brought in to a London address for judging by 15 October 2018
  • artists will be required to sign a waiver before their work can be displayed for final judging. Hiscox is solely responsible for the Fine Art Insurance prize.

More about Art Competitions

You can read more art competitions (past and present) in my Page dedicated to Major Art Competitions in the UK.

 and receive every post from Making A Mark via email. 
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Most have a minimum of £10,000 as a prize.

My dedicated blog page provides
  • Overview of the basics for each competition - listed by year below (I've been running this page since 2010 and it gets updated on a rolling basis - but sometimes I forget. Use the labels in the side column to find the latest post if I have! THE ARCHIVE is at the bottom of the page)
  • Prizes: List divided into major and minor art competitions on basis of main cash prize
  • Calls for entries - for UK (and international artists for some competitions)
  • Deadlines - look out for the red dates highlighted
  • Selected Artists - with websites embedded in names
  • Exhibition reviews - with images
  • PLUS 
    • links to tips about entering art competitions 
    • notes about VAT for international artists entering UK art competitions
    • AN ARCHIVE of posts relating to exhibitions in previous years (Going back to 2010 if you want to look at what sort of art got selected in the past)

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