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What Art Competitions Can You Submit To?

Looking for an art competition to submit your work to? Look no further! The competitions and open entry opportunities below are annual, biennial or triennial events. Follow the links provided to find out how to apply and when the deadlines are coming up.

Jerwood Makers Open

For artists who are UK residents and are ‘early career’ – within 10 years of graduating or setting up their practice. Check here for further details:

Artist of The Month Contest on

For all artists and photographers. The Artist of The Month Contest is open to *ALL*  artists and photographers who have not previously been showcased on as Artist of the Month on

The Royal Society of British Artists Annual Open Exhibition

The annual open exhibition of the society takes place in early spring and includes works from both members and non-members. It represents every form of media including fine art, prints and sculpture.

Broomhill National Sculpture Prize

For UK based emerging sculptors defined as currently studying or within 10 years of graduation.

Shape Open Art Competition

An annual call-out for disabled and non-disabled artists to submit work in response to a disability focused theme.

Outside In Triennial Art Competition

Triennial competitions for artists who consider themselves on the margins of the art world. This could be due to mental health issues, disability, health, social circumstance or because their work does not conform to what is normally considered as art.

CGP London Annual Open Art Competition

The legendary unselected exhibition, which has led the field in ‘hang the lot’ aesthetics since 1984.

National Open Art Competition

A registered charity aiming to provide a truly open and fair platform for all UK artists to exhibit, sell and promote their work through the medium of an annual National competition with exhibitions in London, Chichester and other venues around the UK.

The Open West

An annual open competition and exhibition inviting work from national and international artists practising contemporary and conceptual art.

Castle Park Arts Centre Annual Open Art Competition

An annual competition for professional, semi professional and amateur artists.

The Derwent Art Prize

The Cumberland Pencil Company’s new competition open to British and international artists for 2D and 3D works created in pencil.

Chelsea International Fine Art Competition

Renowned art contest juried by prominent museum curators and art experts.

Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary

Awarded annually to an artist born or resident in the UK.

Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize

Created in 2005 to encourage the very best creative representational painting and to promote the skill of draftmanship.

BP Portrait Award

Now in its thirty-fourth year at the National Portrait Gallery, the Award is the most prestigious international portrait painting competition.

East Sussex Open

Now in its fifth year, this is a fantastic opportunity to artists from the East Sussex region o exhibit in Towner’s vast gallery space, during the gallery’s busiest time of the year.

John Moores Painting Prize

The UK’s best-known painting competition, culminating in an exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery every two years, which forms a key strand of the Liverpool Biennial.

Northern Art Prize

Celebrates contemporary visual artists based in the North of England. It has established itself as an important award – recognised nationally as a relevant profiler of artists working in the North East, North West and Yorkshire regions.

The Oldie British Artists Award Competition

An annual competition recognising the achievements of older British artists and celebrating figurative art.

Thames21 Photography Competition

Invites budding photographers to enter images of ‘London’s Waterways’ for the chance to have your photograph exhibited at the National Maritime Museum.

Renaissance Photography Prize

International photography competition which raises money to support younger women with breast cancer.

The Terry O’Neill Photography Award

Recognised as one of the world’s leading photographic awards attracting thousands of entries each year.

The Threadneedle Prize

One of the UK’s most valuable art prizes – £30,000.

The Annex Collection £1000 Acquisition Award

The Annex Collection Acquisition Award supports artists with an injection of funds to assist with the continuation of their practice and also provides a platform to enable the purchase of new work. The winning artist will receive a £750 cash prize plus a £250 voucher to spend on materials from GreatArt. We ask that the artist who is selected for the Acquisition Award exchange their selected work for inclusion in the collection. The Award is open to submissions from artists working across all mediums. As well as painting, printmaking, sculpture & traditional visual arts, we welcome submissions from artists whose work presents a challenge in regards to monetisation.

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