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Answer the Call

The exposure that comes with winning an art competition can be a major boost early in your career. Ready your next masterpiece for these open calls

LEFT Lara Cobden, Nowhere Pond, winner of the Chairman’s Purchase Prize at last year’s ING Discerning Eye


Alice MotteMunoz, Reverie, winner of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019

The ING Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary Deadline: October 2020 (tbc)

Stuart Pearson Wright is among the previous winners of this practice-led bursary scheme. Submit work and a short, written proposal for the chance to scoop the main award or one of several small cash prizes.


The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2021 Deadline: 4 December 2020

The 122nd annual awards for The Pastel Society includes two prizes for emerging artists in dry media, including the Unison Young Artist Award worth £500, plus a chance to feature in a coveted London gallery.


RBA Rome Scholarship Deadline: 1 February 2021

Artists under 35 who live, work or study in the UK can apply for this Royal Society of British Artists’ four-week scholarship in Italy. Studio space, accommodation, two meals a day, return flights and £1,000 cash are all provided.

www.royalsocietyofbritishartists. org.uk/rome-scholarship-2021

Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2021 Deadline: February 2021 (tbc)

Now in its seventh year, this law firm-sponsored competition boasts a £10,000 prize fund along with the chance to exhibit in London and enjoy Cass Art and Genesis Imaging discounts. Sign up for entry updates at the website.


Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize Deadline: Summer 2021 (tbc)

This long-running London open competition has a prestigious selection panel each year that selects the finest in contemporary draughtsmanship. A dedicated £2,000 Student Award is included among the generous prize fund.


Wales Contemporary/ Cymru Gyfoes 2021 Deadline: Summer 2021 (tbc)

Backed by the Welsh government, this competition is now in its third year. An exhibition takes place both at Milford Haven’s Waterfront Gallery and London’s gallery@oxo. A Young Artist Prize of £1,000 is available for those 25 and under.


Wells Art Contemporary 2021 Deadline: Summer 2021 (tbc)

The Somerset cathedral city may seem an unlikely destination for contemporary art, yet these awards have attracted entries from as far afield as Azerbaijan and Australia. Prizes include residencies, exhibitions and mentoring.


Sky Arts Portrait and Landscape Artist of the Year Deadline: 2021 (tbc)

With the Sky Arts TV series repeating on Channel 4 now, interest in these two annual competitions is growing. Filming was postponed on the 2020 Landscape series, but you can sign up online for details of how to enter future competitions.



FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG ARTISTS! The Royal Society of British Artists’ Rome Scholarship 2021

We are offering prizes that include: Call • One month, September 2021, staying at Sala Uno, a highly prestigious gallery and for entries: Artists aged 18–35 who live work or study in the UK international arts centre in the heart of Rome • Financial awards for the 3 finalists, including the opportunity to show their work alongside members at the RBA’s Annual Exhibition in 2022 • Forty Semi-finalists to show their work at the “RBA RISING STARS” exhibition at the Royal Over-Seas League in Mayfair, London Further information is available at:


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