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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.

Phil Illingworth
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Phil Illingworth Phil Illingworth’s painting practice is almost wholly experimental. Driven by concept rather than discrete process, his choice of materials and the quality and method of execution is always very carefully considered. Working across a variety of media and … Read More

Natalie Dowse
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Natalie Dowse I work from the close examination of the photographic image or extracted film still, derived from the surveillance, documentation and scrutiny of various locations. Carefully selected resource material is either used in isolation, in sequence or spliced together to … Read More

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“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 … Read More

Joanna Whittle
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Joanna Whittle The subjects of Whittle’s paintings often take the form of ruins and re-evaluate how these operate in contemporary settings. They explore romantic motifs whilst depicting modern structures with fading sherbet colours and acidic electric lights. Through an enquiry … Read More

2016
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“Although only in its first year, the Contemporary British Painting prize has drawn 631 entries of outstanding quality from both emerging and well-known artists and has set a benchmark for the nation.” Anna McNay, Art writer, London Contemporary British Painting … Read More

2017
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“A much-needed showcase of contemporary British painting. We hope it will endure for years to come.” Mark De Novellis, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, Orleans House Gallery, Richmond Contemporary British Painting Prize 2017 Narbi Price was announced the prizewinner receiving a … Read More

2018
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“The Contemporary British Painting Prize offers us fresh and exciting perspectives on the new, dynamic and idiosyncratic trends being taken by painters in Britain today.” Jessica Twyman, Director, Art Exchange Contemporary British Painting Prize 2018 Joe Packer was announced as prizewinner … Read More

2019
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“There can be no better, more sensitive or more serious way than ‘The Contemporary British Painting Prize’ to discover and assess the exciting new directions being taken by painters in Britain today.” Michael Peppiatt, Art Critic and Curator, Paris Contemporary … Read More

About us
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” …it is our aim to continue sharing our passion about painting as widely as possible.” About us ‘Contemporary British Painting’ (also known as CBP) is an artist led organisation which explores and promotes current trends in British painting through … Read More

CBP Prize 2019 Exhibition, London
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The Contemporary British Painting Prize 2019 exhibition tours to its second venue in London.ASC Gallery, The Chaplin Centre, Taplow House, Thurlow Street, London SE17 2DG.7 February – 13 March 2020 – Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm – Admission free.Artists’ … Read More

Dear Christine
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Dear Christine (A Tribute to Christine Keeler) conceived and curated by Fionn Wilson. ARTHOUSE1, 45 Grange Road, Bermondsey, London SE1 3BH Includes CBP members Lucy Cox, Marguerite Horner, Barbara Howey and Cathy Lomax.  Exhibition Press Release:  Dear Christine, conceived and curated by Fionn Wilson, aims to reclaim and … Read More

A Celebration of Painting
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A Celebration of Painting: From a Conversation with Joanna WhittleAn essay by Griselda Pollock Joanna Whittle was the winner of the 2019 Contemporary British Painting Prize. This essay, by Griselda Pollock (Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art at the University of … Read More

CBP Prize 2019 Catalogue
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The Contemporary British Painting Prize 2019 catalogue features the work of the 12 finalists and includes an introduction by Judith Tucker, and an essay A Celebration of Painting on the work of Joanna Whittle (the 2019 prize winner) written by … Read More

CBP Prize 2019 Exhibition, Huddersfield
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Contemporary British Painting Prize 2019 ExhibitionHuddersfield Art Gallery, Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield HD1 2SU 9 November 2019 – 18 January 2020 – Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm – Admission free. Winner announcement and opening: Saturday 9 November, 2pm – 4pmWalk … Read More

Mountain Size
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Mountain Size. A Contemporary British Painting members show, selected by CBP board member and artist, Gordon Dalton. 1st – 30th November 2019: Pineapple Black, Hillstreet Centre, Middlesbrough TS1 1SU Mountain Size features artists whose work has a relationship to landscape, … Read More

Contemporary British Painting
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An exhibition of thirty-four painters coordinated by Molly Thompson and Barbara Howey 25 April – 16 May 2019: Norwich Cathedral, The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, The Close, Norwich NR1 4DH The exhibition brings together 34 painters from Contemporary British Painting including … Read More

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