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.
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Nina Madden gives an overview of some of the visual art prizes selected from open submission competitions.
Jane Watt looks into the world of academic research and examines research opportunities for artists within institutions and the UK higher education system.
Phyllida Shaw explores the role of grant making trusts, foundations and charities.