The Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) Awards is an international open competition for contemporary visual art which has already established a strong presence in the London art world and which is drawing artists from places as diverse as Australia, Azerbaijan, India, Italy, Korea, Japan and the United States. Open to artists working in painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, installation or video, the WAC Awards aims to promote and celebrate the diversity of the visual art scene both nationally and internationally.
The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, previously known as Jerwood Drawing Prize, is open to UK-based drawing practitioners, from student to established. This open exhibition is a platform for all drawing practitioners in the UK to showcase their work alongside leading contemporary artists in the field. An independent panel of selectors will select up to 70 drawings for an exhibition that will launch at Trinity Buoy Wharf, a thriving centre for the arts and creative industries. The exhibition will subsequently tour to venues nationwide. A First Prize of £8,000; Second Prize of £5,000; and a Student Award of £2,000 will be awarded at a private ceremony at Trinity Buoy Wharf in September 2018.
Now in its 31st year, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is the largest and most prestigious prize for contemporary watercolour painting in the UK. Whether it be through abstract or figurative, contemporary or traditional, the competition aims to celebrate and redefine the beauty and diversity of watercolour and water-based media. Open to all UK-based artists, the competition offers a generous range of prizes including a First Prize of £6000, Second Prize of £3000 and Third Prize of £1000.
Photographers, both amateur and professional, are invited to submit up to ten photographs or films for the inaugural edition of Earth Photo. The international photography competition and exhibition, developed jointly by Forestry Commission England and the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), aims to enable a better understanding of the world around us through project partners’ complementary disciplines of Geography and the Environment. Earth Photo will focus on four key themes - People, Nature, Place and Change.
The Royal Society of Sculptors invites professional artists who work in three dimensions as a significant part of their practice to apply for Membership. Successful applicants will demonstrate a high level of expertise, experience, and contemporary understanding; their work must contribute to the language of sculpture. Membership applications are reviewed twice per year, March and September and selection is by majority vote by the sculptor members of the Society’s Council.
A unique opportunity for visual artists to raise their profile by exhibiting alongside members of the UK's longest-running artists' co-operative.
A photography competition which aims to raise awareness of both the economic and social value of water. Open to both amateur and professional photographers, images that depict any aspect of water, be it in a natural or a manmade environment, are welcomed.
Showcasing the broad spectrum of contemporary printmaking across the globe, the IPB Print Awards welcome work created through both traditional and contemporary print processes, including 2D, 3D, video, installation and site-specific work.
Known for its commitment to championing excellence and promoting and celebrating the breadth of contemporary drawing practice, the Jerwood Drawing Prize provides a platform for drawing practitioners not only to showcase their work, but also to help promote a wider understanding of drawing for future generations.
An exceptional supported opportunity for makers and collaborators across all disciplines. Five awards, each worth £7,500, will be awarded to artists who need the opportunity, time, curatorial advice and logistical back up to develop their ideas and further their practice.
A call for bold, broad-thinking proposals that explore the potential of forests as sites for art. The Commission is worth £30,000 and proposals can be for work in any discipline or medium, temporary or permanent, site-specific or for touring to more than one location.
An opportunity for visual artists who are within ten years of graduating or establishing their practice. Twelve bursaries, each worth £1,000, are available to artists seeking to experiment as well as define and determine their own developmental needs.
'A figurative prize with a consistent and useful set of parameters. There is no sense of an in-house style or a need to reflect trends in contemporary art, artists are instead rewarded for a level of skill, encouraged in a wide range of subject matter and a personal response.' (Christopher Green, winner of the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2017)
An exhibition of small works - not exceeding 20" in their widest dimension - independently selected by six prominent figures from different areas of the art world.
An international Prize for works created in pencil - including water-soluble, pastel, graphite, charcoal or coloured pencils - that may be either 2D or 3D, but that do not exceed 182cm in their largest dimension.