Welcome to Contemporary British Painting

‘Contemporary British Painting’ is an artist led organisation which explores and promotes current trends in British painting through group exhibitions, talks, publications and the donation of paintings to art museums.
We founded the The Contemporary British Painting Prize in 2016, an annual prize promoting the best of contemporary painting produced in the UK. The 2019 prize exhibition will be hosted at Huddersfield Art Gallery from 9th November to 4th January 2020. View the 2019 prize shortlist and read more here.
Our members represent some of the most exciting emerging and award winning painting in the UK today and include European Sovereign Painters Prize winner Susan Gunn, Jonathan Vickers Award winner Natalie Dowse, John Moores Prize winners Paula MacArthur and Nicholas Middleton, British Academy awardee James Quin, Birtle Prize winner Simon Burton, Venice Biennale exhibitors Marguerite Horner and Phil Illingworth and Griffin Prize exhibitor Matthew Krishanu.
Membership is by invitation only.


Contemporary British Painting was founded in 2013 by Simon Carter and Robert Priseman, both painters who are hugely passionate about painting. Over the years they brought together a diverse group of painters from around the British Isles creating a forum for the discussion and promotion of contemporary painting. Robert has also worked tirelessly to create exhibition opportunities for CBP members and has placed their paintings in permanent collections around the world. He has recently made the decision to focus on other projects and is now passing the organisation over to its members.

CBP is at the start of a new chapter, a new constitution has recently been agreed by our members and we’re working hard on forthcoming group exhibitions as well as organising the fourth annual Contemporary British Painting Prize for non-members and we continue to share as much painting as we can through our social media channels (@paintbritain)

Thanks to Robert and Simon and the generosity of Father Stephen at St Marylebone Parish Church in London, CBP ran a programme of painting exhibitions in The Crypt space until May 2019 when the space was closed for renovation. We hope to return in a couple of years when the building works are complete. In the meantime we’ve exhibited at Norwich Cathedral and are working towards shows with Beep Painting in Swansea, Pineapple Black in Middlesborough and the University of Leeds. CBP members are scattered throughout the UK and Ireland so it makes perfect sense for us to travel around the British Isles. It’s very easy to fall into the trap of becoming too London-centric and miss out on all the hundreds of fantastic spaces elsewhere, so it is our aim to continue sharing our passion about painting as widely as possible.

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Matthew Collings announcing the winner of the Contemporary British Painting prize 2018, Joe Packer
Matthew Collings announcing the winner of the Contemporary British Painting prize 2018, Joe Packer


Amanda Ansell
Marco Cali
Gordon Dalton
Natalie Dowse
Phil Illingworth
Paula MacArthur
Ruth Philo
Narbi Price
Freya Purdue
Judy Tucker

Honorary Chair of the External Advisory Board

Michael Peppiatt

External Advisory Board

John Bernasconi
Ros Black
Katherine April Caddy
Tony Casement
Emma Connolly
Sophie Cummings
Jeff Dennis
Fleur Donnelly-Jackson
The Revd. Canon Stephen Evans
Professor Rebecca Fortnum
Ruth Gamble
Amanda Geitner
Robert Hall
Silvie Jacobi
Andrew Lambirth
Jessica Litherland
Paul O’Kane
Ruth Robinson
Ally Seabrook
Stephen Snoddy
Dr Lisa Wade
Wen Wang
Helen Watson
John Wallett
Jessica Wood
Anthony Wooding


John Wallett