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Prizes and awards

The UK boasts hundreds of arts prizes and competitions annually, provided by trusts as well as business sponsors. They may be perceived as attempts to intervene in or influence the commercial art market.

Awarding prizes is also an important way to validate and define the quality of emerging talent.

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Prizes & awards

Free taster of subscriber-only material held in Prizes & awards section. Read on…

Introduction, March 2008, updated August 2011


Awards by nomination

Manick Govinda on the often secretive processes behind awards by nomination as well as the benefits for artists in terms of recognition and critical acclaim. Read on…

Tour, March 2008

Open exhibitions

A collection of material relating to open exhibitions, including top tips on assessing and applying for open exhibitions and on setting one up. Read on…

Tour, November 2012

Prizes by competition

Nina Madden gives an overview of some of the visual art prizes selected from open submission competitions. Read on…

Tour, February 2008

Trusts & Foundations

Phyllida Shaw explores the role of grant making trusts, foundations and charities. Read on…

Tour, April 2003


Bombay Sapphire Prize

Carolyn Black profiles the Bombay Sapphire Prize and explores the nuances of commercial sponsorship of prizes, awards and commissions. Read on…

Profile, December 2005

Graham Crowley on the state of play for contemporary painting

Graham Crowley is one of the most distinguished living painters in the UK today. As the deadline closes on entry to the John Moores 2010 competition, Kate Brundrett asked him for his views on the competition’s significance and for his ‘take’ on the state of contemporary art practice. Read on…

Profile, February 2010

Jerwood Charitable Foundation

Nina Madden explores the myriad of awards offered by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Read on…

Profile, March 2008, updated March 2012

Jerwood Drawing Prize

Jack Hutchinson profiles the Jerwood Drawing Prize in conversation with director and founder Anita Taylor, this year's First Prize winner Virginia Verran, and Student Prize winner Warren Andrews.

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Profile, December 2010

John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize

Tim Birch profiles John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize in the build up to the twenty-fifth exhibition. Read on…

Profile, September 2008

Liverpool Art Prize

Lauren Healey interviews the artists shortlisted for the Liverpool Art Prize about making work, support structures for their practice, and their reasons for basing themselves in the North West. Read on…

Profile, May 2011

Northern Art Prize

Established in 2007 the annual Northern Art Prize offers four short-listed artists a prominent exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery and opportunity to win a £16,500 award.
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Profile, January 2011 updated January 2012

Open submissions: the inside story

How do you run an open exhibition? Jo King, curator of the Ludlow Open, explains all, from sourcing funding and the reasons behind charging artists entry fees, to curating 60 artists' work. Read on…

Profile, June 2012

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Manick Govinda’s profile of Paul Hamlyn Foundation, one of the most respected and innovative grant-giving trusts in the UK Read on…

Profile, March 2008

Paul Rooney

Kate Brundrett talks to Paul Rooney about his work, residencies and winning this year's Northern Art Prize. Read on…

Profile, April 2009

Spark Plug Curator Award

Crafts Council Director of Programmes, Claire West talks to Jane Watt about why the Spark Plug Curator Award was initiated, the selection process and some of the exciting new curatorial ideas and works that have emerged. Read on…

Profile, April 2009

The Arts Foundation

Manick Govinda explores The Arts Foundation's numerous awards for individual artists and looks at the impact they have on the receipients. Read on…

Profile, June 2008

Profiles: artists

Adam Paxon

Kate Stoddart profiles Adam Paxon, who makes one-off sculptural jewellery in plastic, covering his career development and impact of winning prizes like Jerwood Applied Arts Prize in 2007. Read on…

Profile: artist, June 2008

Bedwyr Williams

Gordon Dalton discusses the career progress of Bedwyr Williams, including Venice Biennale, his Paul Hamlyn Award and having a base in North Wales.  Read on…

Profile: artist, February 2006 as 'Bard attitude'.

Gary Hume

Annabel Tilley talks to Gary Hume about twenty-five years of practice, prizes and paint. Read on…

Profile: artist, August 2012

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