“The new Contemporary British Painting Prize is a brilliant new initiative that holds up a mirror to the wealth of practice and exciting talent alive in the UK painting scene today.”
Kath Wood, Founding Director of Firstsite, Curator and Arts Consultant
First Prize of £2000 + more
£100 exhibitor’s fee for all shortlisted artists
Help with transport costs
“The stated aim of Contemporary British Painting is to explore and promote current painting. The subtext to this is giving voice back to the artist, the originator and source of painting. The real discourse around current painting is generated painter to painter and emanates from the studio and not from the boardrooms of institutions, directors’ offices, lecture halls or galleries. This prize is artists submitting themselves to consideration and selection by their peers.“
Simon Carter, co-founder of Contemporary British Painting and lead selector of the CBP Prize 2018.
The Contemporary British Painting Prize Exhibition 2021 will be selected from an open call for contemporary painters working in the British Isles.
The prize is in two stages: shortlisting for the exhibition; and judging.
A minimum of twelve artists will be shortlisted to exhibit by a panel of four painter members of the artist-led group Contemporary British Painting.
The shortlisted artists will each receive a £100 exhibitor’s fee.
The panel of judges will select one prizewinner and one highly commended painter from the CBP Prize exhibition at Huddersfield
The winner will receive £2000, an essay on their work written by Matthew Burrows MBE, an invitation to become a member of Contemporary British Painting as well as a selector for the CBP Prize 2022.
The CBP Prize is delighted to be able to contribute to the cost of transporting all the shortlisted works to Huddersfield and from London. This has been made possible with thanks to John Talbot, collector of contemporary painting, for his generous donation.
There will be two exhibitions: for the first exhibition a minimum of 12 shortlisted artists will be selected to exhibit in Huddersfield Art Gallery’s new temporary space. Each artist will exhibit a minimum of three works chosen by the selection panel.
The second exhibition will take place at Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop, London, in early 2022. Stacie McCormick, multi-disciplinary artist, founder of non-profit art initiative Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop and creator of the Fair Art Fair social enterprise will be selecting and curating works from the Huddersfield exhibition.
The selection process
The four selectors will independently select 15 artists from all submissions, forming a long list of a maximum of 60 artists. The selectors will then meet to discuss the long list and agree a shortlist of at least 12 artists who will show at least three pieces each at the CBP Prize exhibition in Huddersfield. The judges will view the exhibited works in Huddersfield to select one prize winner and one highly commended artist. In addition to this Stacie McCormick will select at least one painting by each of the exhibitors for the London Edition of the exhibition at Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop.
The 2021 Contemporary British Painting Prize Selectors
Researching places quarried for stone and mined for minerals hard-won by manual labour, David Ainley is known for slow works which are multi-layered in form and content, questioning conventions of landscape painting and developing approaches and processes associated with minimalism and conceptual art. He has exhibited internationally and has lectured extensively in the UK.
Karl Bielik lives and works in London. His paintings have been in numerous shows at home and abroad, including The John Moores Painting Prize, The RA Summer Show,
The Marmite Prize and The London Open. He is a member of Contemporary British Painting and is the Founder and Director of Terrace Gallery in London. Bielik also writes and performs in Lark who are signed to Standard Lamp Records.
Sikelela Owen studied at Chelsea College and the Royal Academy Schools, graduating in 2012. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Together’ at James Freeman Gallery, London; ‘Supper, Sleep and Sorrow’ at LdM Gallery, Florence; and ‘Love, Eat, Sleep, Repeat’ at HSBC Canada Place in London. In 2019 Sikelela was awarded a Fellow’s Residency at the British School at Rome, and in 2020 her work was shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize.
Joanna Whittle was winner of the Contemporary British Painting Prize 2019 and The New Light Prize, Valeria Sykes Award in 2020. She has taken part in numerous group and solo exhibitions, most recently ‘Between Islands’ at the Harley Gallery (Worksop), an Arts Council funded project, working with the Portland Collection at the Wellbeck Estate. She is currently undertaking a residency with the Freelands Foundation (London) based at Site Gallery in Sheffield.
The 2021 Contemporary British Painting Prize Judges
Matthew Burrows MBE
Matthew Burrows MBE (born 1971) is a contemporary British painter and founder of Artist Support Pledge, a global movement in support of artists and makers. Matthew lives and works in the UK and is represented by Vigo Gallery London. Burrows speaks of painting as a form of subsistence, dependent on and arising from the ground at his feet. Through the layering of colour and line, Burrows creates images that invite mediation and a slow unraveling of space and experience. He speaks of his work as ‘one of dwelling and ritual, a process of mythologizing, of drawing meaning from the particularities of the environment and his movement in and through it’.
Julie Lomax is the CEO of a-n Artists Information Company, which is the largest membership organization in the UK for visual artists with over 21,000 members. Julie Lomax has previously held senior positions at Liverpool Biennial, the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Council England. Julie Lomax was a commissioner for the Fourth Plinth contemporary art project in Trafalgar Square, artworks in the Olympic Park, and on the advisory committee for Art on the Underground, she has been a judge for the Threadneedle Painting Prize and the Concord Art Prize. Julie Lomax is the Chair of The Showroom and an Executive Committee member of the Association of Women in the Arts. Julie originally trained as an artist, graduating from Chelsea School of Art with a degree in Fine Art.
Originally from the Lake District, Grant has worked as a curator in museums and galleries based in London, the East Midlands and Yorkshire since completing his post graduate studies in the mid 1990s. Since 2011, Grant has been responsible for the management and programming of Huddersfield Art Gallery which is becoming recognised as a centre for contemporary painting in the UK. He has been a judge of the Contemporary British Painting Prize since 2017, judges the Flourish Award for printmaking and joined the judging panel for the New Light Prize Exhibition in 2020/21.
Stacie McCormick, multi-disciplinary artist, founder of non-profit art initiative Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop and creator of the Fair Art Fair social enterprise will be selecting and curating works from the Huddersfield exhibition which will be exhibited at Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop, London in early 2022.
Please read carefully before you make your submission. We have also provided additional information in the FAQs. Please also see the Terms and Conditions of entry. Good luck!
Entry is open to all artists over 18 living and working in the British Isles. The aim of the prize is to promote current painting.
Huddersfield Art Gallery
Built in 1937, Huddersfield opened as a library and Art Gallery in 1940. The gallery holds over 700 paintings by predominantly British artists from the 19th century to the present day. An enormous temporary, 7,000 sq ft space nearby is being converted to house the gallery and the CBP Prize exhibition whilst the building is undergoing refurbishment works.
What is eligible?
The aim of the prize is to explore and promote current painting, and we want to see the best of painting produced in the British Isles today.
All artists over 18 and of any nationality, presently living and working in the British Isles (except CBP artist members) may enter.
Work should have been completed since 1st January 2018. The maximum size is 2.2m across the longest edge. 3D work must pass through a standard single doorway.
Please see FAQs for additional information.
We have teamed up with CuratorSpace where you can make your submission and pay the entry fee (see below). You will need to register if you have not already done so. Registration is free. Before you start you may want to prepare your submission material first; this may save time and minimise complications when you complete the submission form. You will be able to save and edit your entry at any time, however you cannot make further alterations once you have submitted your entry.
Please Note: Deadline for entries: 11.59pm on Sunday 5 September. We strongly recommend that you do not leave your submission until the last moment.
You need to provide:
1 Your contact details
We will need your contact details: name, email address, postal address/city/postcode and either a landline or mobile phone number.
2 Artist’s statement
Please submit a short (100-300 word) statement about your painting practice. You may want to compose it first and then paste it into the box on the form. Please avoid using any complicated formatting or links in your statement as these won’t be retained.
3 Website and social media
You can optionally add the URL of your artist website, along with your Instagram, Twitter and Facebook names if you wish. This will allow us to tag you in social media posts. All submissions will be considered for our Painting of the Day feature.
4 Upload five images
We need images of five individual paintings. Paintings created before 1st January 2018 are not eligible. Works cannot be longer than 220cm on any side. The images should be jpeg files of good quality and medium to high resolution. We recommend between 960 and about 3000 pixels width. As a guideline file sizes will probably be up to about 1.5 or 2Mb (maximum per image 4Mb).
Note: If you try to upload too large a file or a file in the wrong format you will see an error message or cause the submission process to fail. The web has plenty of helpful information on how to photograph, re-size and convert your images.
If your work is selected we will ask for high-resolution images for the catalogue.
We will also need some details about each painting:
• Title (if the work is untitled please put Untitled)
In the ‘Description’ field please enter:
• Medium, eg: Oil on canvas
• Dimensions in cm (HxWxD)
• The year
i.e. Oil on canvas, 120 x 90 x 5cm, 2021 Do not add any other information here.
You must confirm that you will be over 18 by the deadline. You must also confirm that you accept the Terms and Conditions.
5 Pay and submit
The submission fee is £20. Payment by card is taken on submission through CuratorSpace. Once your payment has been taken and your form submitted you will be able to view your submission in your CuratorSpace account area.
If you are having difficulty making your submission please check that you have completed all fields correctly. You cannot submit your application unless this information is provided.
Contemporary British Painting Prize 2021
You will be taken to the CuratorSpace website to make your submission where you will need to register (if you haven’t previously done so) and log in. Registration to CuratorSpace is free.
The First Prize winner also receives an essay on their work by Matthew Burrows MBE, an invitation to become a member of CBP and the opportunity to be a selector for CBP Prize 2022. All submissions are eligible for selection for Painting of the Day, so even if you are not selected for the exhibition your work may still be seen by our thousands of followers on social media.
Please read About the prize, How to enter and FAQs carefully before you make your submission.
Deadline for entries: 11.59pm (one minute to midnight) on Sunday 5th September.
All artists over 18 and of any nationality, presently living and working in the British Isles (except CBP artist members) may submit work (see FAQs for further details).
The entry fee is £20 for all entries and is non-refundable.
All works must be an original creation by the artist. Each artist, by entering the Contemporary British Painting Prize, confirms that they hold all intellectual property rights in the work.
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, the entry will be accepted on the condition that it is entered at your own risk; the organisers will not accept any liability for any loss or damage that may occur in the normal course of handling or display.
The selectors will agree a shortlist of at least 12 artists who will show at least three pieces each at the CBP Prize exhibition in Huddersfield. The judges will select one prize winner and one highly commended artist from the exhibited works.
All five works submitted by the artist must be available for the full duration of the exhibition. If a painting is already in a private collection, the owner must have agreed to the loan of the work for the prize exhibition.
All 12 shortlisted artists will receive a £100 exhibitor’s fee – this may be used to help with costs for travel and accommodation. The artists will arrange delivery and of their selected works to Huddersfield Art Gallery in October and collection of the paintings from the Huddersfield Art Gallery after the exhibition(s) have closed. The organisers will liaise with the artists to confirm dates and to make arrangements.
Works that are for sale are subject to a 50% commission. The commission is split two-thirds / one third between the venue (ie 2/3 to Huddersfield Art Gallery) and 1/3 Contemporary British Painting. Works do not have to be for sale. Shortlisted artists will be contacted by the organisers for details.
Works are insured whilst at Huddersfield. Shortlisted artists will be provided with details on request. Works are NOT insured when in transit or at Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop. Artists are therefore advised to arrange their own insurance.
The copyright for all works exhibited in The Contemporary British Painting Prize Show 2021 will remain the property of the artist, but it is a condition of entry that the artist or their representatives agree that ‘Contemporary British Painting’ and ‘Huddersfield Art Gallery’ and ‘Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop’ 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 and Instagram accounts 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.
Artists submitting their Works to the prize (whether such submission is for an exhibition or any other purpose) shall indemnify and keep indemnified the prize organisers (including their agents and affiliates) against any actions, claims, proceedings, losses, liabilities, charges, costs and expenses which they may incur arising out of or in connection with any actual or alleged financial or contractual arrangements between the artist and any agent (other than the prize organisers) or any third party.
Personal data supplied by the artist on the submission form, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will only be used for administering the exhibition and for the purposes of the exhibition and continuing promotion of the Work(s). In entering, entrants agree that their contact details will be retained by the organisers of the Contemporary British Painting Prize and these will be added to the mailing lists for Contemporary British Painting, from which is it possible to unsubscribe at any time. The personal data will not be transferred to any other third party without the consent of the artist.
Unless expressly written to the contrary, the artist hereby consents to the organisers providing third parties with his or her contact details where such third parties might be interested in buying, commissioning or licensing the rights in and to, their work(s).
Artists will be notified of the results of their entry by email (please see Key Dates). The selectors’ and judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
The organisers reserve the right to disqualify any Work if the artist has failed to adhere to these Terms and Conditions.
Dates and/or other arrangements may be subject to change according to prevailing government regulations and restrictions concerning Covid 19 and/or other circumstances beyond the organiser’s control.
The Contemporary British Painting Prize 2021