Call for submissions – The Columbia Threadneedle Prize

Deadline: Friday 16 October 2015.

Submit to one of the most valuable art prizes in the UK, awarded for figurative and representational art. Artists living or working in the UK and Europe are encouraged to submit fresh and topical paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, 3D works or reliefs that will excite our international panel of selectors. At its new date in February 2016, The Columbia Threadneedle Prize will continue to showcase the very best of FIGURATIVE ART TODAY.

The Prize
Accepted works will be exhibited at Mall Galleries in the exhibition, The Columbia Threadneedle Prize: Figurative Art Today, from 3 to 20 February 2016.

The overall winner of The Columbia Threadneedle Prize will receive £20,000 plus a solo exhibition in the Threadneedle Space at Mall Galleries.

Five shortlisted artists each receive £1,000.

The Visitors’ Choice Award, voted by visitors to the exhibition in London, is £10,000.

Winning a major art prize represents a great achievement, however this chance to exhibit a wider body of work in your own exhibition in Central London represents a huge opportunity for your profile and reputation.

In an unprecedented exchange, many of the works selected for the Columbia Threadneedle Prize exhibition at Mall Galleries, London in February 2016 will be invited to go on tour to Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, the city’s largest temporary exhibition space, for a special four-week exhibition opening in June 2016.

Now there are two venues to exhibit and sell your work to the thousands of visitors who will attend both these popular venues.

The Selectors
This year’s international panel of selectors includes:
– David Dawson, artist and writer
– Arturo Galansino, Director General at Palazzo Strozzi
– Dr Tim Knox, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum
– Emma Crichton-Miller, Arts Journalist
– Lewis McNaught, Director of Mall Galleries

How to submit
To make entering as easy as possible there are two ways to submit your work. Please ensure you submit using the correct route.


Register and upload images of your work to be viewed, in the first instance, online. If your work is pre-selected, it must be delivered, exhibition ready, to Mall Galleries on Saturday 21 November, 10am – 5pm, for presentation to our selectors for final selection.

– Upload images of work at between Monday 13 July and Friday 16 October 2015, 12 noon [Note: Images must be in JPEG format and under 1MB]

– Check on Friday 23 October, from 12 noon, to see if your work has been pre-selected

– If pre-selected, deliver your work on Saturday 21 November, 10am – 5pm, to Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD

– Check on Thursday 26 November, 12 noon, to see if your work has been accepted to the exhibition

– If unaccepted, collect your work from Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD on Saturday 28 November, 10am – 5pm


Our selectors will make their final selection for the Prize and exhibition based on the images you submit online. You will only need to deliver your work to Mall Galleries if it has been accepted for exhibition – saving you unnecessary transport costs and inconvenience. Note: If your work differs dramatically from the image submitted online, or arrives in a condition unfit for exhibition, we reserve the right to exclude your work from the exhibition.

– Upload images of work at between Monday 13 July and Friday 16 October 2015, 12 noon [Note: Images must be in JPEG format and under 1MB]

– Check on Thursday 26 November, 12 noon, to see if your work has been accepted to the exhibition

– If accepted, your work must de delivered to Mall Galleries prior to the exhibition installation on a date to be arranged with the Exhibition Administrators


  • Artists of any nationality, aged 18 or over on 1 January 2015, presently living or working in the UK or Europe (except employees of the Federation of British Artists and Columbia Threadneedle Investments, and their agents), may submit. Previous prizewinners may also submit up to six works, but they are not eligible to win the same prize for a period of three years. Artists who are not resident in the UK but are resident in the EU are welcome to submit work. If your work is sold at the exhibition you have a responsibility to register and account for UK VAT with H.M. Revenue & Customs.
  • Acceptable media: Paintings, drawings, original prints, sculpture, mixed media constructions, small scale installations and reliefs. Works must have been completed after 1 January 2014; they must not have been exhibited in any other prize or competition in the UK or elsewhere. Diptychs/triptychs and works consisting of a number of elements must be photographed together as one image. If brought in for selection, diptychs and triptychs must be clearly labelled (e.g. 1 of 3).
  • You may enter a maximum of SIX works.
  • Submission fee: £15 per work (including VAT), which is non-refundable.
  • All works must be for sale, including the 45%+VAT commission (minimum price: £300, £120 for unframed prints). If you are registered for VAT, then the VAT due on the selling price of the work should be included in the price.
  • Works cannot be larger than 2.4 metres along the longest dimension.
  • Work need not be framed, however if pre-selected, all work must be received in exhibition ready condition (e.g. all canvases must be dry and mounted on stretchers or board).
  • Please do not attach any hanging devices to your work. We operate our own hanging system. All hooks, wires and other hanging devices must be removed prior to delivery to Mall Galleries and works should be unwrapped on arrival before being presented to our art handling team.

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More information
For further information about the Prize, visit