Rise Art

UK Art Prizes, Part I

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott @ Rise Art on June 10, 2010

The art world in London and beyond is full of various awards and prizes aimed at helping artists raise their profile and support the production of their artwork. Given that Rise Art has been developed to help showcase and endorse emerging artists, we are naturally supportive of art awards that showcase & support emerging talent. Over the next few months, we will explore some of the better know art prizes around town & beyond, five at a time. In no particular order, here are five we like around the UK.

Catlin Art Prize

This is a prize one cannot register for, but you need to be an art student and recommended by a course leader or curator – so ask your course leader to recommend you! Of all artists recommended, 40 are featured in the Catlin Art Guide, 8 of which will be commissioned to do work for an exhibition in London. This provides artists with time to create a new body of work and to explore ideas. One of the artists is finally awarded with the Catlin Art Prize a prize of £3,000.

Taylor Wessing Photography Prize

This prize aims to present the best works in contemporary portrait photography. The show is held at the National Portrait Gallery and then tours the country. Taylor Wessing Photography Prize is open to anyone over 18 from amateur photographers to professionals. First prize is £ 12,000. Submission deadline 18 July 2010 and there is no submission fee.

Threadneedle Prize

The Threadneedle Prize is one of the largest art prizes in the UK. It aims to uncover the best new figurative and representational art in Britain. There are two separate registration deadlines: one for paintings and two-dimensional work and one for sculptures and other three-dimensional work. Registration is £ 15 per work submitted and artists must be over 18 years old. The winner receives £ 25,000, runner-ups £ 1,000. New is the visitor choice award, which is worth £ 10,000.

Jerwood Visual Arts

Jerwood Visual Arts is a major initiative of Jerwood Charitable Foundation. It is a programme of awards, exhibitions and events for talented emerging artist across a variety of disciplines: drawing, painting, photography, moving image and sculpture. Works are displayed in group-shows and several artists of each discipline will be selected. The deadline for the drawing prize is on 21 June.

Brighton Photo Fringe

Brighton Photo Fringe represents an opportunity for emerging and mid-career artists working in lens-based media. Selected artists will receive a fee, a solo exhibition as part of Brighton Photo Fringe and a production budget. Submission fee is £ 15.

Have any questions? Have we got it wrong? Let us know in the comments!

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