7 Art Prizes to Enter in 2019
Breaking into the arts can be tough; you’re passionate, driven, creative and talented, but with so much imagery and visuals in the world, how can you put yourself out there and be noticed?
Art prizes and open exhibitions are a really great way to get a foot in the door and announce your presence to the art world. Many competition winners have been catapulted to household names as a result of winning these awards. They also stand as a great tool for you to build confidence in your work.
Taking the step and putting yourself out there for the first time can be daunting; what if you don’t get shortlisted, or you don’t win? Don’t despair - have a chat to any of the artists here at the studios and they have all been there, but it’s all a learning curve and part of your development as an artist. So why not give it a go?
Here’s our top pick of 2019 Art Prizes;
1) Ashurst Emerging Art Prize | Deadline: 24th February 2019
Now in its 5th year, the Ashurst Emerging Art Prize awards artists that show significant potential, have exciting ideas, portray a relevant message and, of course, execute it skilfully. Split into categories including sculpture, photography and new media, the overall winner receives £3,000 and £500 Cass Art voucher.
Entry fee: £20 for first artwork, then £10 per additional artworks up to a maximum of 5 artwork entries.
Find out more and enter at artprize.co.uk
2) Visual Art Open | Deadline: 28th February 2019
A not-for-profit event, Visual Art Open welcomes submissions from both amateur and professional artists from the UK and around the world. You will have the chance to win not only a cash prize of £1000, but also a commercial mentoring package to further develop your work and career as an artist and a spot at next year’s Chester Arts Fair.
Entry fee: £15 per artwork, maximum 5 entries
Enter at visualartopen.com
3) Jackson’s Open Painting Prize | Deadline: 8th March 2019
Jackson’s Open Painting Prize has grown massively since it began in 2015. There is £10,000 in prizes to be won, including 6 category prizes, as well as an online showcase and the chance to exhibit at the Affordable Art Fair Hamsptead. The 2018 competition was won by Wimbledon Art Studios’ Tom Down, who is on the judging panel for 2019.
Entry fee: £5 per artwork, maximum 5 entries
More information can be found at jacksonspaintingprize.com
4) Open Contemporary Young Artist | Deadline: 31st March 2019
Presented by The Biscuit Factory Foundation, the Open Contemporary Young Artist is open to artists 35 years old and younger. The award aims to raise awareness of mixed contemporary art mediums and welcomes submissions from fine artists, painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, glass artists, ceramicists, textile designers and jewellers. The winner receives £1,000 and the opportunity for a solo exhibition at The Biscuit Factory.
Entry fee: Free, 3 entries per applicant
Entries can be made at thebiscuitfactory.com
5) John Ruskin Prize | Deadline 12th May 2019
One of the fastest growing multi-disciplinary art prizes in the UK, the John Ruskin Prize has a growing reputation for supporting and promoting artists, designers and makers whose work defies easy categorisation.
Standard entry - 1 artwork: £12, 2 artworks: £15, 3 artworks: £20
Student entry - 1 artwork: £10, 2 artworks: £12, 3 artworks: £15
Find out how you can enter at ruskinprize.co.uk
6) Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition | Deadline: 20th June 2019
The Society of Women Artists has held an annual exhibition since 1857 and has created a much-needed platform for female artists to showcase their work. The prize culminates in an exhibition at The Mall Galleries from the 24th – 29th September 2019.
Entry fee: £15 per work or £8 per work for artists aged 35 or under
Find out more at society-women-artists.org.uk
7) Sunny Art Prize | Deadline: 30th June 2019
The Sunny Art Prize is a global platform that offers the opportunity for emerging and established artists to exhibit internationally. Although a UK art competition, artists from around the world are invited to enter with the chance to win a one-month residency.
Entry fee: £25 for one artwork, £32 for two artworks, £40 for three artworks and £45 for four artworks (excl. VAT)
More information can be found at sunnyartcentre.co.uk/artprize/