Major UK Art Competitions

Major Art Competitions in the UK 2018-19


LINK to or BOOKMARK THIS PAGE to find updates in one place!

UPDATED CONTINUOUSLY 

  • 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)
the biggest art competition in the world


How to enter & terms and conditions


This page provides the absolute essentials. Below are ways in which you can find out more information about each competition.
  • Calls for Entries: I do a ‘Call for Entries’ post about most competitions that provides a systematic overview plus hints and tips. The aim is to provide simple answers to simple questions about who can submit, what can you submit, how to enter etc. Links to the call for entry pages of organisers may disappear after the competition is over, you can always be sure that you can check out key details about what has been said in the past about eligibility and criteria in my regular Call for Entries blog posts.
  • Selected Artists: I often do listings of selected artists with a link to their website embedded in their names - which often generate a lot of traffic for artists website. Make sure I can find your website if you get selected!
  • Exhibition Reviews: Reviews of exhibitions I've seen are also listed below. These include photographs of the artwork selected for the juried exhibition where possible. These can be helpful to those thinking about submitting an entry to future art competitions - or so I'm told! :)

If you have a query leave a comment at the bottom of this post.  
(If you don't want the comment published just say so - as all comments are moderated)

Ready for the Awards Ceremony?
This is Sandy Nairne, the (then) Director of the National Portrait Gallery
opening the Awards Ceremony for the BP Portrait Award in 2014

TIPS for artists entering exhibitions


You may find these TIPS helpful
and for those needing help with framing...

TIPS for organisers of art competitions

You may find these past blog posts helpful

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Major UK Art & Photography Competitions 

2018-19


UPDATED CONTINUOUSLY

My aim is to keep moving art competitions which are over down the page
to the archive at the bottom of the page
- but I may not have caught up with all the housekeeping!

Listings for art competitions are split into two categories based on the prize money on offer.
  • Major art prize in the UK: To get in this category, there needs to be 
    • at least one prize which equates to or exceeds £10,000
    • and/or attracts international artists because something very prestigious is on offer
  • Minor competitions: where the prize money is not as great but the name can be prestigious and getting selected can be good for the CV!
  • PLUS I specify
    • what the prizes are and 
    • whether or not the competition is open to only UK artists or international artists.

INTEGRITY / COMPLIANCE CHECK: As an incentive for organisers and judges to be fair to artists submitting entries, I also highlight any competitions which have:
  • not been playing by their own rules recently and/or 
  • not complied with how the competition was advertised

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MAJOR UK ART COMPETITIONS in 2019

(i.e. 1st Prize £10,000 min. and/or on television)

Deadlines for UK Art Competitions '2019' or '2020'

January 2019

  • RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2019 - mid January 2019
  • BP Portrait Award 2019 late January 2019

February 2019

  • Wildlife Artist of the Year 2019 - February 2019
March 2019

  • Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2020 - March 2019
April 2019
  • RHS Botanical Art 2020 - April 2019

May 2019

  • Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2018 - May 2018

June 2019

  • Sunday Times Watercolour Competition
September 2019
  • ING Discerning Eye
November 2019
  • John Moores 2020 - mid ?? November 2019
December 2019
  • Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2019

BP Portrait Award 2019 (First Prize £30,000)

  • Official Website: Register for competition and Information (December 2018)
  • Prizes: First Prize: A cash award of £30,000, plus, at the judges’ discretion, a commission worth £5,000, to be agreed between the National Portrait Gallery and the artist.
    • Second Prize: £10,000
    • Third Prize: £8,000
    • BP Young Artist Award: £7,000 (eligible artists are aged between 18 and 30)
    • BP Travel Award 2016: £6,000
  • Open to: International Artists (and has a very significant international entry each year) aged 18 and over
  • Call for Entries:  Opens December 2018
    • Past posts include links at the end to all past blog posts about the competition in previous years and a wealth of images of portraits that have been selected
  • Deadline for Entries: Entry forms and payment of entry fees must be completed by ?? January 2019
  • No. of Entries: 1 completed AFTER 1 January 2019
  • Digital Entry: YES (First Round)
  • Submit Portrait: (if invited by ?? February) ?? February and ?? March 2019
  • Exhibition: 
    • Venue: National Portrait Gallery (followed by a tour to two other locations)
    • Dates: ??  June to ?? September 2019

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2020

  • Website: Information/Enter:
  • Prizes: £10,000 commission from National Trust + £500 of art materials from Cass Art
  • Open to: all artists over 16 legally resident in the UK for at least 1 year prior to 1st December 2016
  • Call for EntriesTerms and Conditions
  • Deadline for Entries: ?? March 2019 
  • No. of EntriesOnly one entry can be submitted per person
  • Digital Entry: Yes
  • Notification: on or shortly following ?? March 2019
  • Filming of Heats
  • Selected / Shortlisted artists: see each episode review post for names of participating artists and those selected for the semi-final and final
  • Episodes (my blog post reviews)
  • Exhibition: 
  • Exhibition Review:
  • Other postsHow to watch Sky Arts - Portrait Artist of the Year 2018 without subscribing to Sky!
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    MINOR ART COMPETITIONS IN 2019
    (smaller financial prizes)

RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2019

  • Website: Information/Enter: https://www.royalwatercoloursociety.co.uk/competition/
  • Prizes: small cash prizes of less than £1,000
  • Open to
    • UK: Yes
    • International Artists: Yes
  • Call for Entries: October 2017
  • Deadline for Entries:  Mid January 2019
  • No. of Entries
  • Digital Entry: YES
  • Exhibition: 
    • Venue: Bankside Gallery
    • Dates:  March 2018
  • Selected Artists:
  • Shortlisted artists: 
  • Prizewinners:
  • Exhibition Review:
  • Previous blog posts
  • Notes: There's a strong emphasis on "contemporary artwork'.  See the website and my summary of the 2017 Call for Entries for more information

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MAJOR UK ART COMPETITIONS in 2018

(i.e. 1st Prize £10,000 min. and/or on television)


Deadlines for UK Art Competitions '2018' or '2019'

May 2018

  • Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2018 - May 2018

June 2018

  • Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2018 - 
September 2018
  • ING Discerning Eye - 8 September 2018
December 2018
  • Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2019
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    BP Portrait Award 2018 (First Prize £30,000)



    Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2018


    Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2018

    One of the palettes used by one of the artists in the Heats in 2017

    The Columbia Threadneedle Prize for Figurative & Representation Art 2018


    View of the Threadneedle Prize 2016 Exhibition
    This competition is going to be run every other year. The next competition will be in 2018. see
    Columbia Threadneedle Prize returns


     John Moores Painting Prize 2018 (First Prize: £25,000)


    "[The John Moores Painting Prize is] the Oscar of the British painting world" Sir Norman Rosenthal, curator and former exhibitions secretary at the Royal Academy


    The Royal Academy of Arts - Summer Exhibition 2018 (250th Anniversary Year)

    View of one of the galleries in the 2017 exhibition


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      MINOR ART COMPETITIONS IN 2018
      (smaller financial prizes)

    RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2019

    • Website: Information/Enter: https://www.royalwatercoloursociety.co.uk/competition/
    • Prizes: small cash prizes of less than £1,000
    • Open to
      • UK: Yes
      • International Artists: Yes
    • Call for Entries: October 2017
    • Deadline for Entries:  Mid January 2019
    • No. of Entries
    • Digital Entry: YES
    • Exhibition: 
      • Venue: Bankside Gallery
      • Dates:  March 2018
    • Selected Artists:
    • Shortlisted artists: 
    • Prizewinners:
    • Exhibition Review:
    • Previous blog posts
    • Notes: There's a strong emphasis on "contemporary artwork'.  See the website and my summary of the 2017 Call for Entries for more information

    The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2018 

    Inevitably, a reduction in the top price will mean allegations that the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is being devalued. Once the top prize drops below £10,000 it no longer ranks alongside some of the top painting prizes around the world - and drops out of the Premier Division.
    • Website
    • Prizes
      • a First Prize of £6,000 
      • a second prize of £3,000 
      • a third prize of £1,000
      • Jackson’s Young Artist Award worth £500 
      • St Cuthberts Mill Prize for an outstanding work on paper.
    • Open to
      • UK: YES - all artists born or currently resident in the UK making paintings using water-based media 
      • International Artists: NO - unless currently officially resident in the UK
    • Call for EntriesSunday Times Watercolour Competition 2018 - Call for Entries
    • Deadline for Entries:  5pm, 25 June 2018 [CLOSED]
    • No. of Entries: second round shortlist is limited to 250 paintings
    • Digital Entry: YES 
    • Exhibition
      • Venue: Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1 - expected to be c.100 paintings 
      • Dates: 17 – 23 September 2018 (10am-5pm)
    Realistically the exhibition has not reached 100 paintings for quite some time. It's oscillated between mid 70s and low 90s in recent years.
    • Selected Artists
    • Prizewinners: prizewinners will be announced in advance of the exhibition opening - in the Culture section of the Sunday Times magazine in late August.
    • Exhibition Review:
    • Previous exhibitions:  archive of links to all previous blogs posts at the end of the Call for Entries and Selected Artists blog posts for 2017

    The 4th Derwent Art Prize 2018

    We would really love to see lots of entries in coloured pencil as well as water-soluble, pastel, graphite or charcoal pencils


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    MAJOR UK ART COMPETITIONS in 2017

    (i.e. 1st Prize £10,000 min. and/or on television)

    Major exhibitions (prize = £10,000+) are listed first 
    - in order of the date of their exhibition. 
    then Minor exhibitions (prestige rather than cash!) below 
    Deadlines for entry are highlighted in red


    Deadlines for UK Art Competitions in 2017


    September 2017
    • ING Discerning Eye 2017 (based on 2016) - September 2017 (?)
    • The Columbia Threadneedle Prize for Figurative & Representation Art 2018 - 22 September 2017, 12 noon

    November 2017

    • John Moores Painting Prize 2018 - 13 November 2017

    December 2017

    • Lynn Painter-Stainers 2018 (based on 2016)
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    BP Portrait Award 2017 (First Prize £30,000)


    BP Portrait Award winner 2017 Ben Sullivan with wife Ginnie and daughter Edie
    on Awards Night at the National Portrait Gallery
    • Official Website: Register for competition and Information
    • Prizes: First Prize: A cash award of £30,000, plus, at the judges’ discretion, a commission worth £5,000, to be agreed between the National Portrait Gallery and the artist.
      • Second Prize: £10,000
      • Third Prize: £8,000
      • BP Young Artist Award: £7,000 (eligible artists are aged between 18 and 30)
      • BP Travel Award 2016: £6,000
    • Open to: International Artists (and has a very significant international entry each year)
    • Call for Entries:  Making A Mark: £30,000 BP Portrait Award 2017 - How to enter and how to get selected This includes links at the end to all past blog posts about the competition in previous years and a wealth of images of portraits that have been selected
    • Deadline for Entries: Entry forms and payment of entry fees must be completed by 23.59 on Thursday 26 January 2017. Note the deadline is earlier! [CLOSED]
    • No. of Entries: 1 completed AFTER 1 January 2016
    • Digital Entry: YES (First Round)
    Giving the awards a last polish

      The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2018 (First prize: £10,000)

      View of 2016 Sunday Times Watercolour Prizewinners
      ...the largest and most prestigious prize for contemporary watercolour painting in the UK. This is the one that most watercolour painters want to be selected for as a mark of credibility on their CV.

      Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2018 (First Prize £15,000)


      to encourage the very best creative representational painting and promote the skill of draftsmanship..... 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.
        • UKLiving artists over the age of 18, who are resident in the British Isles - irrespective of whether or not they are a British citizen. 
        • International Artists: NO if residing abroad; Also UK artists residing abroad are ineligible
      • Call for Entries: Making A Mark: Lynn Painter Stainers 2018 - Call for Entries
      • Deadline for Entries
      • No. of Entriesup to 4 works
      • Digital Entry:  YES - digital and online for all entries
      A record 2,194 entries were received for the 2018 Prize. Of these 92 drawings and paintings (4.2% of the submission) by 83 artists were selected for the exhibition.
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        MINOR COMPETITIONS in 2018

        (smaller financial prizes)


        Royal Horticultural Society Botanical Art Show 2018

        RHS Botanical Art Show 2016 in the RHS Lindley Hall in City of Westminster

        ING Discerning Eye 2018

        View of one of the six curated exhibitions in the ING Discerning Eye 2016 Exhibition
        The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition is a show of small works independently selected by six prominent figures from different areas of the art world
        • Website: 
          • Information/Enter: http://www.discerningeye.org/exhibition/intro/intro.php
          • Organisers website: Parker Harris
        • Prizes: A number of significant smaller cash prizes
          • ING Purchase Prize £5,000 
          • DE Founder's Purchase Prize £2,500
          • DE Chairman's Purchase Prize £1,000
          • The Meynell Fenton Prize £1000
          • The Humphreys Purchase Prize - £750
          • The Wright Purchase Prize £500
          • St Cuthberts Mill Award £250
          • Regional Prizes £250 x 6
        • Open to
          • UK: YES - ONLY artists who were born or are currently resident in the UK.
          • International Artists: - NO - unless currently resident in the UK
        • Call for EntriesCall for Entries: ING Discerning Eye 2018
        • Deadline for Entries:  8 September 2018  (earlier if using regional collection points)
        • No. of Entries: limited only by six selectors: two artists, two art collectors and two art critics
        • Digital Entry: registration only
        • Exhibition: 
          • Venue: Mall Galleries
          • Dates:  15 - 25 November 2018
          • a very large exhibition with c.600 small artworks
        • Selected Artists:
        • Shortlisted artists: 
        • Prizewinners:
        • Exhibition Review:
        • Previous blog posts: You can find a list of previous blog posts about the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition - going back to 2007 at the end of the embedded link.

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        ARCHIVE: Major UK Art & Photography Competitions 2017

        The following competitions have finished i.e. deadline for entries has passes


        The Royal Academy of Arts - Summer Exhibition 2017


        View of one of the main galleries in the 2016 Summer Exhibition


          Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2017

          • Website: Information/Enter: 
          • Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2017
          • 2016 competition https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/sky-arts-landscape-artist-of-the-year-2016
          • Prizes: £10,000 commission from the National Trust + £500 of art materials from Cass Art 
          • Open to: 
          • UK: Yes - You must be available for filming between 1st June 2017 and 20th July 2017 
          • International Artists: 
          • Call for Entries: to be published early in 2017 
          • Terms and Conditions
          • Deadline for Entries: 12pm (midday) on Friday, 28th April 2017 
          • No. of Entries: Only one entry can be submitted per person 
          • Digital Entry: Yes 
          • Exhibition: 
          • Venue: 
          • Dates: 
          • Selected Artists: 
          • Shortlisted artists: 
          • Prizewinners: 
          • Exhibition Review: 
          • Other posts:

          David Shepherd's Wildlife Artist of the Year 2017 (First prize £10,000)


          View of 2016 Wildlife Artist of the Year competition

          This is the 10th anniversary year for a competition that attracts entries from all over the world.
          • Website: Information/Enter: http://www.davidshepherd.org/way/
          • Prizes
            • Overall Winner £10,000 cash prize & title ‘Wildlife Artist of the Year 2017’ 
            • Overall Runner-Up £1,000 cash prize. 
            • Remaining Category Winners £500 each
          • Open to
            • UK:  YES - open to both amateur and professional artists over the age of 17
            • International Artists: YES - no residence requirement 
          • Call for Entries: Making A Mark: 2017 Wildlife Artist of the Year - Call for Entries
          • Deadline for Entries: February 20th 2017 [CLOSED]
          • No. of Entriesup to 5 pieces of artwork
          • Digital Entry: Yes - but entries by post also accepted
          • Exhibition: 
            • Venue: Mall Galleries
            • Dates: June 27 - July 2
          • Selected Artists:
          • Prizewinners:
          • Exhibition Review:

          Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2017 (First Prize £15,000)


          to encourage the very best creative representational painting and promote the skill of draftsmanship..... 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.
            • UKLiving artists over the age of 18, who are resident in the British Isles - irrespective of whether or not they are a British citizen. 
            • International Artists: NO if residing abroad; Also UK artists residing abroad are ineligible
          • Call for Entries: Making A Mark: Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2017: Call for Entries
          • Deadline for EntriesMonday 19th December 2016 at 5pm (17:00 GMT).
          • No. of Entriesup to 4 works
          • Digital Entry:  YES - digital and online for all entries
          • Exhibition 
          • Selected Artists:
          • PrizewinnersChristopher Green wins Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2017

          ARCHIVE: MINOR COMPETITIONS in 2017 

          (smaller financial prizes)


          RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2017



          View of the 2016 RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition
          The judges are looking for pieces that push at the boundaries of watercolour, promote water-based media at its most accomplished and ask audiences to see the medium in a new and contemporary light....  This is the UK's only major watercolour competition open to international artists.
          • Website: Information/Enter: http://www.royalwatercoloursociety.co.uk/competition/
          • Prizesa range of prizes comparable to open exhibitions of other national art societies 
            • David Gluck Memorial Award: £750 Cash Prize 
            • David Gluck & RWS Award: £250 Cash Prize 
            • Royal Watercolour Society Award: £500 Cash Prize 
            • Royal Watercolour Society Exhibitions Award: Exhibit in RWS Spring and Autumn Exhibitions 
            • RWS Publicity Prize: Your selected work on exhibition printed publicity material
          • Open to
            • UK: YES - open to all artists except RWS Members.
            • International Artists: YES
          • Call for Entries - published. 
          • ExhibitionRWS Contemporary Watercolour Exhibition 2017
            • Venue: Bankside Gallery (South Bank)
            • Dates: 3-15 March 2017
          • Deadline for Entries12 midday on Monday 16 January 2017.
          • No. of Entriesa maximum of 6 paintings
          • Digital Entry: YES
            • Selected Artists - 
            • Exhibition Review 

            The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2018 (First prize: £10,000)

            View of 2016 Sunday Times Watercolour Prizewinners
            ...the largest and most prestigious prize for contemporary watercolour painting in the UK. This is the one that most watercolour painters want to be selected for as a mark of credibility on their CV.
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            ARCHIVE: Major UK Art & Photography Competitions 2016

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            The following competitions have finished

            ING Discerning Eye 2016


            Cover of the Information leaflet

            The Columbia Threadneedle Prize for Figurative & Representation Art 2016

            Salt in Tea by Lewis Hazelwood-Horner

            BP Portrait Award 2016 (First Prize £30,000)

            View of the BP Portrait Award Exhibition 2015 and the winning double portrait

            RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2016


            Reference:
            Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2016 - Prizewinners at the Mall Galleries exhibition

            The Royal Academy of Arts - Summer Exhibition 2016

            Entries will be capped at 12,000, which is in line with the maximum number of entries received in recent years. Ensure you register and purchase your Entry Form early to avoid disappointment.

            John Moores Painting Prize 2016


            Jerwood Drawing Prize 2016

            The selected exhibition will consist of works that in the opinion of the Selection Panel qualify as drawings.
            • Conditions of Entry: the Rules & Guidelines
            • Deadline for Entries:  5pm on Monday 27 June 2016  CLOSED
            • Selected Artists
            • Prizewinners

            The 3rd Derwent Art Prize 2016

            We would really love to see lots of entries in coloured pencil as well as water-soluble, pastel, graphite or charcoal pencils



            The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2016


            Reference re. 2015

            Past Exhibitions: an archive of images from past exhibitions 

              Other Opportunities

              You can also find a much wider range of professional opportunities for visual artists, selected by artists for quality and fairness listed by ArtQuest (a programme of University of the Arts London (UAL) and a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England)

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              2015

              ARCHIVE: Major UK Art & Photography Competitions 2015

              In the absence of any information relating to 2015 (or 2014) competitions, artists are recommended to look at my blog posts below relating to the previous year which indicate:
              • an overview of the call for entries, prizes, dates and deadlines in 2013
              • links to the websites of selected artists
              • reviews of exhibitions and images of the work which was selected last year - which may or may not be a guide to what will be selected this year. It's usually more of a guide to the type of work which is unlikely to be selected.

              BP Portrait Award 2015


              BP Travel Award 2013 Exhibition and 2014 Award:

              (the competition, award and exhibition run parallel with the BP Portrait Award) 

              Reference: 

              RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2015


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              ING Discerning Eye 2015

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              Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2015 (First Prize £15,000)

              to encourage the very best creative representational painting and promote the skill of draftsmanship..... 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.
                Note: Links to my blog posts about previous years can be found at the end of my blog posts relating to 2015 


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                The Royal Academy of Arts - Summer Exhibition 2015

                Entries will be capped at 12,000, which is in line with the maximum number of entries received in recent years. Ensure you register and purchase your Entry Form early to avoid disappointment.
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                David Shepherd's Wildlife Artist of the Year 2015 (First prize £10,000)

                2015 Wildlife Artist of the Year: http://www.davidshepherd.org/way/
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                The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2015

                Reference re. 2014:
                There was no exhibition in 2015 due to various changes behind the scenes. The aim is to give The Threadneedle Prize even greater visibility and the plan is to tour a selection of the 2016 exhibition to Europe. More details will follow

                • The Threadneedle Prize website: http://www.threadneedleprize.com 
                • Prizes: (£20,000 plus solo show)
                • Call for Entries: Online submission opens on 13 July 2015, 12 noon
                • What to submit 
                • How to submit
                • Deadline for Entries - 
                • Selected Artists: 
                • Prizewinners:
                • Exhibition: 3 to 20 February 2016 at the Mall Galleries 

                   Threadneedle Winner 2015: Tina Jenkins' Solo Show 30  March to 11 April 2015 10am to 5pm (closes 1pm on final day)

                  Jerwood Drawing Prize 2015 

                  • The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2015  website
                  • Call for Entries: Parker Harris - see my blog post Jerwood Drawing Prize: Call for Entries
                  • Deadline for Entries - 5pm on 26 June 2015
                  • Selected Artists: to be announced Friday 17 July 2015 
                  • Prizewinners: to be announced
                  • Exhibition:  Jerwood Space, London from 16 September – 25 October 2015 

                  Derwent Art Prize 2015

                  There will NOT be a Derwent Art Prize competition in 2015. In future the competition will run every other year. The Call For Entries will be published in January 2016 and the exhibition will be later in the year. 



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                  2014

                  ARCHIVE: Major UK Art & Photography Competitions 2014

                  The Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Art Prize 2015

                  • Call for Entries 
                  • First Prize is a bursary of £20,000
                  • Deadline for Entries -  12 noon on Monday 30th March 2015
                    • Generally a very uninformative website which says a lot about the benefits and very little about the criteria, terms and conditions and deadline. It suggests this is a competition run by people who are not used to running art competitions or fail to understand the information artists want to scan to work out whether it's worth pursuing. 

                    The John Ruskin Prize

                    The Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2014

                    The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2014 £10,000

                    Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014 First Prize £6,000

                    The Derwent Art Prize 2014 First Prize £6,000

                          Threadneedle Prize for Painters and Sculptors 2014 First prize £30,000?

                            Clare McCormack and Lisa Wright - Joint Winners of the Threadneedle Prize 2013

                            ING Discerning Eye 2014 (plus The Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary)

                              Northern Art Prize 2014

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                                2013

                                ARCHIVE: Major UK Art & Photography Competitions 2013



                                BRIEF summaries of entry arrangements and deadlines are detailed below 
                                - with links to more information. 

                                For a more detailed overview for each competition see my schedule of all the Major Art Competitions in the UK in 2013 (posted on this blog in January each year) All competitions are listed in order of the date of the deadline for entries
                                  • Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2013 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.
                                  • The Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Art Prize
                                    • Call for Entries - 1st September 2012
                                    • Deadline for Entries - Noon, 30 January 2013 CLOSED
                                            Major Art Competitions outside the UK 2013
                                            In 2013, I intend to highlight the major International Art Competitions which are hosted in other countries.  All suggestions as to which competitions should be featured are welcome - please leave a comment.

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                                              2012
                                              ARCHIVE: Major UK Art & Photography Competitions 2012

                                                • Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year (First Prize £10,000)
                                                      • The 2012 Saatchi Gallery / Sunday Telegraph Art Prize for Schools (First Prize £10,000)
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                                                          2011
                                                          ARCHIVE: UK Art Competitions 2011


                                                          • Lynn Painter-Stainers 2011CANCELLED
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                                                          2010
                                                          ARCHIVE: UK Art Competitions 2010


                                                            2 comments:

                                                            Lisa Elliott said...

                                                            Hi, my name is bronwyn. I'm 11, I justed wanted to ask if there will be anymore comps coming up and if I would be able to enter with a portrait of a yawning fox!? If not then I look forwards to growing up and ... well my dream job is to be a artist!!! But I need to work very hard. Thank u for reading this i hope u reply. From Bronwyn ;)

                                                            Katherine Tyrrell said...

                                                            Hi Bronwyn.

                                                            All the competitions are listed - but I only list the major ones so there may well be ones for children of your age.

                                                            I think your picture of a yawning fox would be better off in a competition for wildlife paintings rather than one for portraits as the portrait ones usually want pictures of people.

                                                            Good luck with your art career - and remember to become good you need to paint a lot!