Painting Prize

The announcement of the Group Show Finalists will be made on 30 May 2016

An intimate Five Painting Solo Exhibition at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery from May – June 2017 (Swindon’s permanent collection includes painting by Gillian Ayres, Howard Hodgkin, Tony Bevan, William Turnbull, Roger Hilton, Lisa Milroy, Ivon Hitchens, John Hoyland and David Bomberg)

A critical essay on their work by Paul O’Kane (member of the Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art and regular contributor to Art Monthly)

£2,000 purchase prize of their winning work which will then enter the Priseman Seabrook Collection of 21st Century British Painting.

The Contemporary British Painting Prize: Group Show
A painting show specially curated ‘peer to peer’. In this first year the group show will be held at:

The Riverside Gallery, Richmond Museum, London 10 September – 22 October 2016

Huddersfield Art Gallery 5 November – 28 January 2017 (whose collection includes one of Britain’s top 10 paintings – Francis Bacon’s Figure Study II as well as paintings by Atkinson Grimshaw, Frank Auerbach, L.S. Lowrey, Walter Sickert, Joan Eardley, Elizabeth Frink and Ian McKeever.)

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The Prize

Artists from across the UK who have a love of painting are invited to submit a selection of 5 images (these should be j-pegs, ideally no greater than 1MB each in size) of their more recent work (along with detail shots, so that the selectors can correctly understand the use of medium and ground) and a statement which outlines their practice to The Contemporary British Painting Prize. This first round of submissions will then be assessed by a group of practising painters who include Simon Burton, Nathan Eastwood, Terry Greene, Susie Hamilton, Matthew Krishanu and Freya Purdue. From these 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 . A panel of critics and curators will then select a Prize Winner from the exhibited artists, with the winner being announced on the afternoon of the Private View, on Saturday 10th September between 11am – 1pm.

The Prize Winner selection panel 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 (Senior Curator of the Sainsbury Centre, 1998-2015 and Director East Anglian Art Fund), Paul O’Kane, Grant Scanlan (Huddersfield Art Gallery) and Sophie Cummings (Curator of Swindon Art Gallery and Museum).

Announcement of Group Show Finalists on 30 May 2016


About the Judges

Michael Peppiatt is an art historian, curator and writer, who graduated from Cambridge University in 1964, and joined The Observer as a junior art critic. He then went to Paris for an editorial job at Réalités magazine, where he remained until 1969, when he was appointed arts editor at Le Monde. In 1985, he became owner and editor of Art International, which he relaunched from Paris, devoting special issues to the artists he most admired. In 1994, Michael returned to London with his wife, the art historian Jill Lloyd, and their two children, where he wrote the biography of Francis Bacon (1909–1992), whose close friend and commentator he had been for thirty years. Chosen as a ‘Book of the Year’ by The New York Times and translated into several languages, the biography is considered the definitive account of Bacon’s life and work. In 2005, he was awarded a PhD by the University of Cambridge for his publications on 20th-century art and since 2010 he has been on the board of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome.

Michael has curated numerous exhibitions worldwide, notably travelling retrospectives of the School of London, Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, Christian Schad and Antoni Tàpies. In 2009, he curated an exhibition of sculpture by Dado for the Venice Biennale and in 2012 published Interviews with Artists, a book of more than forty interviews with personalities ranging from Jean Dubuffet, Balthus, and Oscar Niemeyer to Brassai, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Antoni Tàpies.

Sophie Cummings is Curator of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, which holds an important collection of modern and contemporary British art including works by Gillian Ayres, Howard Hodgkin, Tony Bevan, William Turnbull, Roger Hilton, Lisa Milroy, Ivon Hitchens, John Hoyland and David Bomberg. She has a background in museums and exhibitions with a particular research interest in post 1960’s painting in Britain, Germany and Eastern Europe.

Amanda Geitner is Director of the East Anglian Art Fund and was Chief Curator at The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich from 1998 – 2015. Curatorial projects include Francis Bacon and The Masters 2015 in collaboration with the State Hermitage Museum and Reality 2014 which travelled to the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.

Paul O’Kane is an artist, writer and lecturer based in London. He is a member of AICA (Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art) and writes regularly for Art Monthly magazine, occasionally for Third Text, and for other leading art and culture journals. He recently published Where Is That Light Now? (eeodo, 2014) a personal book on photography and memoir, and maintains a popular Blog on London art titled 750wordsaweek.

He completed a PhD in History at Goldsmiths College, 2009 and teaches Fine Art at Central St Martins, Chelsea, and other colleges and universities in London and the UK. His fine art practice explores creative writing in dialogue with the particular values of mechanised and moving images, investigating their status as image, object, and the particular ways in which they inform narrative.

Grant Scanlan is the curator for Huddersfield Art Gallery which hosts numerous contemporary and historic art exhibitions each year and which is home to the nationally significant Kirklees Museums and Galleries Art Collection, which includes work by Francis Bacon (‘Figure Study II’ which was voted one of the Top 10 paintings in the UK) Stanley Spencer, Henry Moore, Vanessa Bell, Alan Davie and Frank Auerbach.

Simon Burton lives and works in London. He trained at the Royal College of Art (1995–97). Recent exhibitions he has been included in are WET and DRY, curated by ABC, Observer Building, Hastings (2015), Opinion Makers 2, curated by Lubomirov-Easton (2014), Enclosures, Elsewhere at the Lion and Lamb Gallery (2014). Simon has received numerous awards including the Birtle prize for painting, the ARCO studios award, Lisbon, Portugal, The John Minton Travel award, The Jenny Hall Scholarship and the Robert and Susan Kasen-Summer studio award.

Nathan Eastwood lives and works in London and in 2014 he won the inaugural East London Painting Prize. Nathan says of his work that ‘Central to my painting practice is a re-examination of social realism. My paintings are concerned with the examination and revealing of real life, working class life, an ordinary everyday experience of the world, from shopping to politics.’ Permanent collections who hold his work include: Anita Zabludovicz (London), Goldhill Family (London), The Priseman-Seabrook Collection and the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.

Terry Greene is a painter living and working in West Yorkshire. His B.A. in Art & Design was received from Bradford College. Subsequent to that he received his M.A. in Theory of Practice from Leeds Metropolitan University.

He is engaged in an exploration of the duality of paint; as structure (the historically located medium of high art) and as agency (in its natural fluid state). His work can be found in a number of private art collections both in the UK and abroad, and has been seen in numerous exhibitions including the recent CROSS SECTION/03, dalla Rosa Gallery, London; Writhe & Jerk, Transition Gallery, London; About Painting, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester. Terry authors the online Blog: Just Another Painter.

Susie Hamilton lives and works in London. She studied painting at St Martin’s School of Art and Byam Shaw School of Art and read English Literature at London University. Her work is held in numerous collections including Murderme, Deutsche Bank, St Paul’s Cathedral and The Groucho Club. It is also featured in Charlotte Mullins’s new book, Picturing People. She is represented by the Paul Stolper Gallery in London and her solo exhibitions have included World of Light, Triumph Gallery, Moscow (2008); New Paintings, Galleri Trafo, Oslo (2007); Paradise Alone, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull (2002).

Matthew Krishanu is based in London. Selected exhibitions include Contemporary British Painting, Huddersfield Art Gallery (2014); Another Country, The Nunnery, London (2014); We Were Trying to Make Sense, 1Shanthiroad Gallery, Bangalore, (2013); The Mausoleum of Lost Objects, Iniva, London (2008); Let Me Tell You, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2008). His articles have been published by The Courtauld Gallery, British Council, and a-n Magazine and he has curated collaborative exhibitions for English Heritage and Iniva. Matthew is a visiting lecturer at Chelsea College of Arts and he teaches at Camden Arts Centre and The Courtauld.

Freya Purdue lives and works on the Isle of Wight. She studied painting at St Martins School of Art and Chelsea School of Art, where she was a Senior Lecturer in Painting from 1983 to 2008. Selected exhibitions include Gimpel Fils Gallery London, Kettle’s Yard Cambridge, Vimonisha Gallery Madras, L.T.G. New Delhi, Galeria Stara Bwa Lublin, Christies London and many other galleries and venues. Her work can be found in a number of public and private collections in the UK and abroad, the most recent being the Priseman-Seabrook Collection, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Falmouth, Rugby and Abbey Hall Art Galleries. She has been the recipient of a number of awards and prizes including the Junior Fellowship in Painting at Cardiff School of Art, the Digswell Arts Fellowship and the Boise and Villers David Travelling Scholarships.’


Terms and Conditions

Artists of any age and nationality, presently living and working in the UK (except the Judges of the Prize, CBP artist members and the Trustees and employees of The Museum of Richmond, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery and Huddersfield Art Gallery and their family members) may submit work. All entries and subsequent correspondence will be carried out via the email address

All work entered must have been completed after 1 January 2010.

Accepted works will be exhibited at The Riverside Gallery, Richmond Museum, London, in the exhibition, The Contemporary British Painting Prize: Group Show, from 10 September to 22 October 2016 and then at Huddersfield Art Gallery from 5 November to 28 January 2017. The prize winner will receive an intimate five painting solo exhibition at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery in 2017, a critical text on their paintings by Paul O’Kane and a £2,000 purchase prize of their winning work which will then enter the Priseman Seabrook Collection of 21st Century British Painting.

The submission fee of £15 (+ £1 admin) is non-refundable and comes with a complimentary 6 months subscription to the CBP newsletter which is for all those of us who are passionate about painting. Your information will not be shared with third parties.

On receipt of the registration and entry fee, a confirmation email will be sent to you. If you do not receive a confirmation email please send a new email titled ‘Confirmation Required’ to ‘Contemporary British Painting’ by 30 April 2016.

Work entered must be viewed by the judges as being a painting (a visual artwork produced using a paint medium such as oil, tempera, acrylic, emulsion, enamel or watercolour which once completed results in a physical object). Work need not be framed, however if selected, must be received in exhibition ready condition, (e.g. it must be dry, mounted on stretchers or board and ready to hang). Works shall only be accepted glazed if on paper. Works selected for exhibition cannot be larger than 160 cm along the longest dimension and cannot be removed before the end of the exhibition run.
When an artist’s work is selected it must be delivered to the exhibition venue on 6 September, 2016, between the hours of 11.00 and 16.00. All work must be mirror plated on the back and ready to hang. The Contemporary British Painting Prize: Group Show will be open to the public from 1pm, Saturday 10 September 2016.

Works will not be for sale at Richmond Museum but may be for sale at Huddersfield Art Gallery if the exhibiting artist wishes. We ask a minimum required sale price of £100. A commission of 33.3% will be taken by Huddersfield Art Gallery on any sales and the sale price must include the commission and VAT for artists who are VAT registered.

The copyright for all works exhibited in The Contemporary British Painting Prize: Group Show will remain the property of the artist, but it is a condition of entry that the artist or their representatives agree unconditionally that ‘Contemporary British Painting’ may reproduce any exhibited works, free of charge, for the purposes of marketing, promotion and education in direct connection with the ‘Contemporary British Painting Prize’, in all media worldwide including exhibition catalogue and subsequent publications, posters, prints, postcards, the Internet and within television programmes, and may license these specific, limited rights to others only for the same purposes. ‘Contemporary British Painting’ also reserves the right to reproduce selected images free of charge for purposes such as displaying information on previous exhibitions on the ‘Contemporary British Painting’ website, ‘@paintbritain’ twitter account and ‘Contemporary British Painting’ Facebook site indefinitely, as a public record. The processes of the competition may be filmed, and entering the competition constitutes agreement for a painting to be included in such filming, whether broadcast or not.

The responsibility for damage or loss, however caused, will remain the responsibility of the artist. Artists are therefore advised to arrange adequate insurance cover against such risks. ‘Contemporary British Painting’, the judging venue and any other subcontractor shall not be liable for any loss or damage to any artworks, whether or not caused by their negligence.

The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence can be entered into. ‘Contemporary British Painting’ reserves the right to disqualify any piece of work for any reason it deems fit.

Delivery and Collection of Works

The delivery of selected work must be made to The Riverside Gallery, Old Town Hall, Museum of Richmond, Whittaker Ave, Richmond TW9 1TP, on 6 September 2016, between the hours of 11.00 and 16.00. No entries will be accepted after 16.00. Entries that are hand delivered should be left without any protective packaging as this cannot be retained. Deliveries by post will be accepted in suitable packaging, however ‘Contemporary British Painting’ cannot acknowledge receipt of artworks sent by post. Applicants requiring proof of delivery are advised to use a recorded delivery service. Richmond Museum and ‘Contemporary British Painting’ will not be responsible for wrapping works or providing wrapping materials for any works being returned.

The collection of all unsold works will take place between 30 January – 3 February 2017 between the hours of 11.00 and 16.00 at Huddersfield Art Gallery, Princess St, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD1 2SU. Telephone: 01484 221964. Any painting uncollected after 16.00 on 3 February 2017 will automatically become the property of ‘Contemporary British Painting’ who reserve the right to dispose of any work in any way they see fit. ‘Contemporary British Painting’, Richmond Museum and Huddersfield Art Gallery will not arrange courier collections or post works on behalf of the artist.

If for any reason you are unable to collect your work yourself or arrange for a third party to do so for you, we recommend using Walart who we find to be excellent. If you would like further details and a quote please email Fred Robinson directly on or phone 077489 95865.

Please note some details may be subject to change