Three artists will each receive £500 in prize money when the winners of the second annual Motorcade/FlashParade National Open are announced this evening.

The first prize winner will also be offered the opportunity of a solo exhibition at Motorcade/FlashParade, a dynamic artist-led project space in Bristol.

The competition is open to all artists and all genres of work, including MA and final year BA students. This year’s selection panel features Emma Cocker (writer, artist and lecturer, Sheffield), Brian Griffiths (artist and senior tutor, Royal Academy Schools, London) and David Trigg (artist, writer and contributor to a-n, Bristol).

Investment in artists underpins the prize, with previous participants enjoying continuing support from Motorcade. Many of the artists in last year’s Open have re-exhibited at the venue, with several curating and facilitating exhibitions. This includes Elizabeth Dismorr, who has also been appointed as the organisation’s Marketing Manager.

The 21 artists in the running for the 2012 prize include: Gemma Cossey, Pat Flynn, Tristan Stevens, Brendan Lancaster, Catherine Knight, David Theobald and Luke Frost. Follow updates as the winners are announced on Twitter.

The Motorcade/FlashParade National Open 2012 previews on Friday 7 December with prizes announced at 7pm. Exhibition continues Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 December; and Thursday 13 – Sunday 16 December, 12-6pm. Full list of exhibiting artists here.