” …it is our aim to continue sharing our passion about painting as widely as possible.”

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

About us

‘Contemporary British Painting’ (also known as CBP) is an artist led organisation which explores and promotes current trends in British painting through group exhibitions, talks, publications, and by placing paintings in 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. Read more about the Contemporary British Painting Prize 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. 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. Robert also worked tirelessly to create other exhibition opportunities for CBP members and has placed their paintings in permanent collections around the world. He recently made the decision to focus on other projects and has now passed the organisation over to its members.

CBP has started a new chapter. A new constitution was agreed by our members and we’re working hard on forthcoming group exhibitions as well as organising the annual Contemporary British Painting Prize for non-members. We also continue to share as much painting as we can through our social media channels (@paintbritain).

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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Our committee is made up of members of CBP, nominated and voted for by our members.

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