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The Contemporary British Painting Prize – Now Open

Deadline: Sunday 1 May 2016.

The Contemporary British Painting Prize – Now Open
Run by artists for artists.

The Contemporary British Painting Prize, a new art prize run by artists for artists is launched this February. It has been devised by Contemporary British Painting, a fast growing artists’ organisation that curates collective painting exhibitions in national and international museums and galleries.

“The Contemporary British Painting Prize has been devised to discover great artists working in paint in the UK today and to exhibit their work across the country. There is a cash award, but what sets this prize apart from the others is an emphasis on genuine career advancement through critical discourse and public exhibition.” Robert Priseman, Artist and Founder

The winning artist will receive:
An intimate five painting solo exhibition at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery (May – June 2017) Swindon’s permanent collection includes painting by Gillian Ayres, Howard Hodgkin, Tony Bevan, William Turnbull, Roger Hilton, Lisa Milroy, Ivon Hitchens, John Hoyland and David Bomberg.

A critical essay on their work by Paul O’Kane, a member of the Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art and regular contributor to Art Monthly.

£2,000 purchase prize of their work which will then enter the Priseman Seabrook Collection of 21st Century British Painting.

Participation in The Contemporary British Painting Prize: Group Show, a painting show specially curated ‘peer to peer’. In this first year the group show will be held at: The Riverside Gallery, Richmond Museum, London (10 September – 22 October 2016) and then at Huddersfield Art Gallery (5 November – 22 January 2017). Huddersfield’s collection includes one of Britain’s top 10 paintings – Francis Bacon’s Figure Study II as well as paintings by Atkinson Grimshaw, Frank Auerbach, L.S. Lowrey, Walter Sickert, Joan Eardley, Elizabeth Frink and Ian McKeever.

Contemporary British Painting Prize Timetable
8 February – Prize opens
1 May – Applications close
30 May – Shortlist announced of 15 artists.
10 September – 22 October Shortlisted artists exhibit at The Contemporary British Painting Prize: Group Show at Richmond Museum
10 September – Prize winner announced at Group Show Private View
5 November – 22 January 2017 Group show moves to Huddersfield Art Gallery
May-June 2017 – Prize winner’s solo show at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

How to Enter
The entry process is simple and online. Artists complete a form and upload a selection of 5 images (these should be j-pegs, ideally no greater than 1MB each in size) of their more recent work (along with detail shots, so that the selectors can correctly understand the use of medium and ground) and a statement which outlines their practice. The form is at The competition is open to all painters working in Britain except the members of Contemporary British Painting and the friends and family of the museums where the exhibitions are to be held. The deadline for entry is 1 May 2016 and the fee is £15 plus a £1 admin fee. Terms and Conditions are on the site.

First Round Judging – Artists.
The first round of submissions are assessed by a group of practising painters who include Simon Burton, Nathan Eastwood, Terry Greene, Susie Hamilton, Matthew Krishanu and Freya Purdue. From the initial submissions 15 artists will be invited to bring a single original work selected by the panel to help form The Contemporary British Painting Prize: Group Show.

Second Round Judging – Writers and Curators
A panel of critics and curators then select a Prize Winner from the exhibited artists, with the winner being announced on the afternoon of the Private View, on Saturday 10th September between 11am – 1pm.

The Prize Winner selection panel judges include: Michael Peppiatt (author of the award-winning book Francis Bacon: In Your Blood, 2015 owner and publisher of Art International 1985-1995 and since 2010 board member of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome), Amanda Geitner (Senior Curator of the Sainsbury Centre, 1998-2015 and Director East Anglian Art Fund), Paul O’Kane, Grant Scanlan (Huddersfield Art Gallery) and Sophie Cummings (Curator of Swindon Museum and Gallery).

About Contemporary British Painting
Established in 2013 by Robert Priseman in partnership with Simon Carter, Contemporary British Painting seeks to explore and promote current trends in British painting through group exhibitions, talks, publications and an art prize. Since 2013 they have also orchestrated the donation of over £1 million worth of paintings by British artists to art museums across the UK and USA and an exchange programme with artists in China.