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VAA Professional Artist Award 2021 - £5000 Prize Fund





Open Call - UK & International artists are invited to apply for the inaugural VAA Professional Artist Award 2021 with a £5000 Prize Fund

The aim of the Award is to promote the artworks of member artists, whilst helping them to gain momentum and grow their art business.

Open to artists of all levels, for all mediums and genres

Submit up to 4 Artworks

1st Prize - £1000 cash, Art Supplies, 1 x Momentum Programme to accelerate your career, 12 month Mentorship Programme. Online solo Exhibition   Lifetime membership to the VAA.

5 Finalist Places for Highly Commended – Certificate, 121 Strategy session,1x Momentum Programme (6wks)

Renown Judging Panel  

Entry cost -  free to premium members of the VAA

All finalists promoted on social media and email coverage to 50,000.

The programme will include 6 x two-hour sessions with art experts to help you work on the fundamentals of your Art Business, based on the VAA’s Artists’ Guide to Success. The mentoring will involve a deep dive into your strategy & goals, niche, brand, creative voice, selling and marketing your Art – Online, database marketing, live events, networks, galleries, licensing and multiple streams of Income. 

Applications close 6th April 2022. Artists are invited to apply online at  VAA Professional Artist Award 2022 - Visual Artists Association (visual-artists.org)

Prize summary: 
£5000 Prize Fund
Prizes Details: 

1st Prize - £1000 cash, Art Supplies, 1 x Momentum Programme to accelerate your career, 12 month Mentorship Programme. Online solo Exhibition   Lifetime membership to the VAA.

5 Finalist Places for Highly Commended – Certificate, 121 Strategy session,1x Momentum Programme (6wks)


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Premium Membership Required
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The Royal Society of Portrait Painters




Portrait artists are invited to submit work for exhibition alongside members of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters at their Annual Exhibition 2022.

Selected artists will have their work exhibited in a prestigious showcase at The Mall Galleries in Central London at which a number of works will sell and a number of commissions will be placed. The Society welcomes paintings, drawings and original prints including digital/ipad prints from artists over 18, from the UK and internationally to be shown alongside members of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters at their Annual Exhibition.


  • Any artist over 18 may submit.
  • All mediums aside from sculpture and photography are acceptable.
  • Work must have been completed in the last three years and not been exhibited in London previously.
  • Works must have a minimum sale price of £300. Works may be listed as not for sale – if your work is not for sale, please input the price as ‘NFS’ when prompted.The price of works for sale must include 45% + VAT commission.
  • A maximum of 3 works can be submitted for selection. It is possible for all 3 entries to be selected.
  • Works should not be larger than 2.4m along the longest dimension.
  • Note that artists accepted for exhibition will be invited to advertise portrait commissions through our Commissions department on which a commission will be payable.
Prize summary: 
Prizes and awards, worth over £40,000
Prizes Details: 
  • The William Lock Portrait Prize: £20,000 for the most timeless portrait with a real feeling for paint and its aesthetic potential
  • The Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture: £10,000 plus the Society’s Gold Medal awarded for the most distinguished portrait in the Society’s annual exhibition
  • The RP Award: £2,000 will be awarded to the artist whose work best represents the year's chosen theme - which for 2022 is 'Self-Portrait'. 
  • The RP Prize for the Best Small Portrait: A prize of £2,000 for the best small portrait in the exhibition, measuring not more than 38 x 30.5 cm (15 x 12 inches) unframed
  • The de Laszlo Foundation Award: £3,000 plus a Silver Medal for the most outstanding portrait by an artist aged 35 years or under
  • The Prince of Wales's Award for Portrait Drawing: £2,000 and framed certificate for a portrait in any recognised drawing medium
  • The Burke’s Peerage Foundation Award for Classically Inspired Portraiture: The Burke’s Peerage Foundation Award, established by its founders William Bortrick and Mark Ayre in 2015, is presented for Classically Inspired Portraiture in the RP Annual Exhibition. It is presented each year with a certificate and a cheque for £2,000.

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£20 per work (or £14 per work for artists aged 35 or under).
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VISUAL ART OPEN AWARDS 2022 - Artist Call - £10,000 Prize Fund



All UK & International artists are invited to apply for the Visual Art Open Award 2022. Presented by the Visual Artists Association, the prestigious VAO 2022 Award is now celebrating its sixth edition and offers an increased Prize Fund worth £10,000


All mediums across 5 categories:  Painting/Mixed Media/Printmaking - Illustration/Drawing - Sculpture – Photography/Digital - Young Artist (16 – 24 years old). 

Entry cost - £20 for 1st submission and £10 per additional artwork £15.00 for entrants under 24 years and £10 per additional artwork.

The award is open to both amateur and professional artists of all levels.  

Overall winner: £2,000 Cash prize, Certificate of Achievement, Premium Annual Membership with the Visual Artists Association, Annual mentorship programme, Momentum Programme, Solo show in London, and Art vouchers or Art supplies. 

Category winner: £250.00 Cash, Premium Annual Membership with the Visual Artists Association, Art Exhibition of Finalists in London, Additional Online Promotion, Certificate of Achievement 

All Finalists will be awarded: Certificate of Achievement, ​Additional Online Promotion 

All Submissions: promoted on social media and email coverage to 60,000, plus an invitation to the annual show.

Prizes Details: 

Prize Fund worth £10,000


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Pure ART360 Edition 3



Pure ART360 Edition 3 - An opportunity for artists worldwide to get visible on digital, showcase, exhibit and sell their artwork

Pure ART360 is an interactive digital and printed magazine; a series of artists broadcasts; a digital and physical exhibiton and event programme.

It is delivered dynamically online via Crowdcast, Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, the Pure ART360 website and the ISSUU digital magazine platform and physically at the Beauport House Gallery at the Bannatyne Spa Hotel, Hastings in the UK.

Edition 3 will focus on artists inspiration, muse and motivation

The event will launch on 1st October 2021 with an online Private View. 

The magazine will be featured as part of the Private View and promoted on social media throughout October, November and December. The physical magazine will be sent to all participating artists and distributed internationally to galleries, museums, interior design professionals and other relevant outlets.

Live and pre recorded broadcasts will take place during November. Live broadcasts will be live streamed on Facebook. Pre recorded broadcasts will be premiered on Facebook, Youtube and the Pure ART360 website.

The digital and physical exhibitions will take place throughout October, November and December and will be delivered alongside an events programme. 

All participating artists will be promoted throughout October, November and December 2021 across social media and press.

How it Works 

Submissions are invited from artists aged 18 years or older working anywhere in the world. 

All selected artists will receive additional benefits including discounts on Pure membership, programmes and courses and will be invited to attend 2 Pure events free of charge prior to April 2022.

What do I need to submit?

Submitting artists are required to submit up to 4 images, one of yourself working or with your artwork and up to three pieces of artwork (see FAQ's for further details). You will also need to submit approximately 100 words about yourself, your practice and your artwork, written in the 3rd person. 

We recommend you keep a separate copy of your statement etc in case of problems during upload and ask a friend or family member to proof read your copy before you submit.

If you are selected for any element of the event, you will also be asked to provide a short video of yourself in your studio or workspace. This can be you demonstrating, or talking about your practice or just a simple show around to set the scene. These videos will be used for event promotion and will be included in the digital magazine, as long as they are received prior to magazine publication. 

The videos will need to be uploaded to Youtube or Vimeo by yourself and URL link provided to us.

    When will I be notified if I have been selected? 

Artists selected to take part will be notified by the end of August. 

What does it cost?

It is FREE to submit.

Artists selected for a magazine feature will pay £145 (or equivalent)

Artists Selected for the live or pre recorded broadcasts will pay £95 (or equivalent)

Artists selected for the digital exhibition will pay £45 (or equivalent)

Artists selected for the physical exhibition will pay £100 (or equivalent)

Pure members selected to take part will receive a 15% discount on all elements. 


What is the submission deadline?

Submissions will close on the 31st July 2021

Do I get to keep profits from sales?

If you sell directly you keep all the money from any sales generated.

If you sell via Pure or via the digital or physical exhibtions, you will pay Pure commission of 40% (or level relevant to your Pure membership).



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Submission is free, fees applicable if successful
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A Voyage of Absurdity






There is this idea(l) of the artist creating art for art’s sake, living la vie bohème, being envied for their freedom and creativity and having the liberty to express their individuality as they please. Is this actually the case though?

Being a practising artist does not necessarily mean one’s life is effortless and without any obstacles along the way. Taking the (often subconscious) decision to become an artist comes with costs. Living in a world where the humanities and, in particular, the arts, are not favoured by the wider socio-economic system as a fruitful financial ecosystem indicates that the majority of people working in the creative industries will have to find alternative means of supporting themselves financially, while, simultaneously developing and working on their creative practice. Countless external factors hinder many artists from reaching their full potential by limiting their existence. Thus, unavoidably, they are drawn to making a considerable number of sacrifices in many aspects of their lives.

In this exhibition, we invite artists who have experienced this type of dualities in their professional journey, having to juggle between different realities, and thus, separate lives, and who want to participate by exploring how the various stimuli from this contradiction have fed back into their work. We want this to be a multisensory event, calling to all people of all backgrounds to apply and look into how their work has been affected by the additional efforts that they have had to make in order to make ends meet, as well as how they imagine their futures will unfold. The purpose of this exhibition will be to reflect on the truths of the people in the creative industries and to pave the way for repurposing the art world with more care and collectivity.

International artists are encouraged to apply, but new guidelines (after Brexit) need to be taken into consideration.

Creatives of all mediums are asked to submit their work, showcasing the complex character of their realities through their art.  

Curatorial team: Vanessa Giorgo, Anna Kolosova, Melissa Vipritskaya Topal


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Fee Detail: 
A £5 submission fee to cover for admin costs
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Art + Critique: Critical & Contextual Studies in Art Practice ONLINE




Combined critical studies and studio practice course that integrates practice and theory in a comprehensive programme of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and off-site visits.

The course will help you develop your practice and research and provide you with a solid background in the histories and discourses of contemporary art. The lectures survey the histories and discourses of contemporary art, demystify the art world and provide multiple entry points into critical theory. The programme fosters collaborative study and provides practical tools in group feedback sessions and workshops on creative practice, research and writing.

By the end of the course participants will have a critical awareness of contemporary art practice, with a road map and toolbox of methodologies for their continuing practice and the confidence to pursue it independently. The course is open to everyone but it is particularly suited to those who have a background in art and wish to develop their practice and extend their knowledge of contemporary art practices and discourses.

For more information please visit the course page and for additional information, such as the schedule, lectures and reading please download the Course Outline.

Art + Critique: Critical and Contextual Studies in Art Practice
Thu, 15 Oct – Tue, 8 Dec 2020
Tuesdays + Thursdays 6:30pm-8:30pm
£250 / Concessions £200 (student, unwaged, disability, senior)

If the course fees are a barrier to your participation please visit the website to get in touch so that we can find a way to make it more accessible for you. The course will be delivered online, participants will receive a course pack with detailed information at least three days before the course begins. Please read the Learning Agreement before Registering for the course.

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