A new painting prize with the explicit aim of exploring and promoting current British trends in the medium launches this month.

Run by artists for artists, the Contemporary British Painting Prize is open to all painters who are based in Britain.

Submissions are assessed by a group of practising painters including: 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. This will take place at The Riverside Gallery, Richmond Museum, London (10 September–22 October 2016) and Huddersfield Art Gallery (5 November–28 January 2017).

A panel of critics and curators will select a prize winner from the exhibited artists; the announcement will be made on the afternoon of the private view on 10 September.

Solo exhibition

Prizes offered to the winner include a solo exhibition at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery and a £2,000 purchase price of their work which will then enter the Priseman Seabrook Collection of 21st Century British Painting. They will also receive a critical essay on their work by the artist and writer Paul O’Kane.

Robert Priseman, artist and founder of the prize, said: “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.

“What sets this prize apart from the others is an emphasis on genuine career advancement through critical discourse and public exhibition.”

The prize’s judges include: Michael Peppiatt (owner and publisher of Art International 1985-1995 and since 2010 board member of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome), Amanda Geitner (director, East Anglian Art Fund), Paul O’Kane, Grant Scanlan (Huddersfield Art Gallery) and Sophie Cummings (curator of Swindon Museum and Gallery).


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