The Menier Gallery
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Saturday, February 16, 2019
51 Southwark Street London SE1 1RU 
The Menier Gallery

The Contemporary British Painting Prize 2018

The Contemporary British Painting Prize exhibition opens at

The Menier Gallery, London, 7–16 February 2019.

The twelve shortlisted artists for the exhibition are:

Keith Ashcroft, Lucy Austin, Benjamin Deakin, Kate Dunn, Jenny Eden, Andrew Ekins, Pippa Gatty, Alison Goodyear, Roland Hicks, Rachel Lancaster, Joe Packer and Jonathan West. The winner of the Contemporary British Painting Prize 2018 prize is Sussex-based artist Joe Packer. He receives £2,000 in prize money, a critical essay by Matthew Collings, and membership of Contemporary British Painting.

The prize judges for 2018 were: Matthew Collings (painter, critic and broadcaster), Amisha Karia (Head of Collection, Paintings in Hospitals) and Grant Scanlan (Huddersfield Museums Manager).

The twelve shortlisted artists were selected by a group of practising painters: Simon Carter, Paula MacArthur, Ruth Philo and Narbi Price (winner of the Contemporary British Painting Prize 2017).


“The artists are all working in such a sincere way, and such an intense way. How nice it is to see a gradual change over the last few years – maybe in British painting, maybe it reflects something internationally – of an open-mindedness: no longer a fear of straightforwardness and sincerity.” Matthew Collings, Lead Judge 2018

“It has been a privilege to lead the selection of the Contemporary British Painting Prize exhibition this year, to see the diversity, dynamism and quality of what is going on in painting studios across Britain, and to see it in such quantity. The exhibition seeks to reflect the lively, vibrant and often irreverent spirit evident inthe 642 submissions.” ~ Simon Carter, Lead Selector 2018 and Co-founder of Contemporary British Painting

Exhibition dates:  Thursday 7 – Saturday 16 Feb, 11am-6pm, except Sat 16 Feb 11am-3pm (closed Sunday).

Saturday 9 February 2019: Artist talks (2-4pm); opening event (4-6pm), The Menier Gallery

The Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU 

The Contemporary British Painting Prize was launched in 2016. In its first year the prize was won by Cathy Lomax, in 2017 Narbi Price was the winner.

CBP Prize 2016 shortlisted artists: Louis Appleby, David Auborn, Aglaé Bassens, Karl Bielik, Katrina Blannin, John Brennan, Lindsey Bull, Nick Carrick, Dan Coombs, Gordon Dalton, Marielle Hehir, Cathy Lomax, Kate Lyddon, Mandy Payne, Paul Smith.

CBP Prize 2017 shortlisted artists: Michael Ajerman, Jake Clark, Jadé Fadojutimi, Louise Giovanelli, Juliette Losq, Cara Nahaul, Simon Parish, Narbi Price, Alli Sharma, Joan Sugrue, Molly Thomson, Helen Turner.

For more information and high res images, email: [email protected]


Contemporary British Painting is an artist-led organisation that explores and promotes current trends in British painting through group exhibitions, talks, publications and the donation of paintings to art museums.  It was founded in 2013 by two Essex based painters, Robert Priseman and Simon Carter, and currently consists of 65 members.


The Menier Gallery is located in Central London within the historic Menier Chocolate Factory, just minutes from the Shard, Borough Market and Tate Modern. The gallery’s ever-changing exhibition programme features contemporary artists, designers, curators and communities from around the world.

The Menier Gallery is part of national charity Paintings in Hospitals. All funds raised by the gallery support Paintings in Hospitals’ mission to inspire better health and wellbeing for patients and carers through art and creativity.