Top Art Competitions 2024

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Deadline

June 21, 2024

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Albert Haueisen Prize

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Painting / Drawing / Graphic / Sculpture

Reward

5,000 € + Exhibition
2,000 €

Location

Germersheim
Germany

Eligibility conditions

Resident of Baden-Württemberg (DE), Rheinland-Pfalz (DE), Grand Est (FR)

Deadline

June 21, 2024

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Sprengel Prize

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Digital / Sound / Painting / Drawing / Photography / Video / Graphic / Installation / Performance / Sculpture

Reward

25,000 € + Exhibition

Location

Hannover
Germany

Eligibility conditions

No students
Resident of Niedersachsen (DE)

Deadline

June 21, 2024

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National Gallery of Ireland - Portrait Prize

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Digital / Painting / Drawing / Photography / Video / Graphic / Installation / Sculpture / Textile Art / Ceramics
Theme: Portrait

Reward

15,000 € + Exhibition
2 x: 1,500 € + Exhibition

Location

Dublin
Ireland

Eligibility conditions

Resident of Ireland
Nationality: Irish

Deadline

June 23, 2024

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Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Painting / Drawing / Graphic
Theme: eW ardb-mtsaeidea

Reward

2,000 £ + Exhibition

Location

Enbdhurig
United Kingdom

Eligibility conditions

Resident of Scotland (GB)
In the case of students applying, entrants must either be graduating in 2024 or currently studying at postgraduate level at one of the art schools in Scotland listed our website.

Deadline

June 23, 2024

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Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Painting / Drawing / Photography / Video / Graphic / Sculpture
Theme: pehenmOTe

Reward

10,000 £
3,000 £
1,000 £

Location

Loonnd
United Kingdom

Eligibility conditions

No students
Resident of United Kingdom
For artists who have graduated within the last five years (2019-2024) from UK art colleges.

Deadline

June 23, 2024

Information

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Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Painting

Reward

20,000 £ + Exhibition

Location

Ineudbrgh
United Kingdom

Eligibility conditions

Resident of Scotland (GB)
Nationality: Scottish
Artists who graduated at least 10 years ago or have at least 10 years of substantive practice

Deadline

June 28, 2024

Information

Nawa danar

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Digital / Sound / Painting / Drawing / Photography / Video / Graphic / Installation / Performance / Sculpture / Textile Art / Ceramics

Reward

R100 000 + Residency + Exhibition

Location

Hngjsnebuoar
South Africa

Eligibility conditions

For women-identifying artists from the African continent and the diaspora

Deadline

June 30, 2024

Information

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Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Photography / Video
Theme: m aivhngmPo eoigy arp/gtho

Reward

5,000 PLN (ca.1,160 €) + Residency at CCA LAZNIA,

Location

Dgskań
Poland

Eligibility conditions

Deadline

June 30, 2024

Information

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Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Digital / Sound / Painting / Drawing / Photography / Video / Graphic / Installation / Sculpture / Textile Art / Ceramics

Reward

1,000 $

Location

.an.
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Deadline

June 30, 2024

Information

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Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Digital / Sound / Painting / Drawing / Photography / Video / Graphic / Installation / Performance / Sculpture / Textile Art / Ceramics

Reward

15,000 CHF
5,000 CHF

Location

Nerb
Switzerland

Eligibility conditions

Resident of Bern (CH)
Only for female artists

Deadline

June 30, 2024

Information

Drapse siz uicot

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Digital / Sound / Painting / Drawing / Photography / Video / Graphic / Installation / Performance / Sculpture / Textile Art / Ceramics

Reward

£6,000 for the costs of a studio

Location

Oolnnd
United Kingdom

Eligibility conditions

Resident of United Kingdom
Entrants must be a university student on an undergraduate or postgraduate art course who is about to graduate, or has graduated from a university art course within the last four years

Deadline

June 30, 2024

Information

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Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Painting / Drawing
Theme: /eT inFOahanSern iips t/sNe io y bitmtsautl

Reward

20,000 AUD
20,000 AUD
8,000 AUD
1,000 AUD

Location

Emacrbra
Australia

Eligibility conditions

Resident of Australia
Nationality: Australian

Deadline

June 30, 2024

Information

Rtzpsnuanei yr

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Digital / Sound / Painting / Drawing / Photography / Video / Graphic / Installation / Performance / Sculpture / Textile Art / Ceramics

Reward

3,000 £ + Solo Exhibition + Residency
2,000 £ + Exhibition + Residency
1,000 £ + Exhibition + Residency

Location

Ooldnn
United Kingdom

Eligibility conditions

Deadline

June 30, 2024

Information

Raezaa imlr rpaten

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Painting / Drawing

Reward

22,000 € + Prizes in total of 27,000 €

Location

An..
Spain

Eligibility conditions

Deadline

June 30, 2024

Information

Wzp hrn etoiaen rimt7

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Painting / Photography / Graphic

Reward

2 x: 1,000 £
500 £
250 £

Location

Onlond
United Kingdom

Eligibility conditions

Resident of United Kingdom
Only for female artists

Art Competitions – Prizes, recognition and exposure

Art competitions are great opportunities for artists, offering cash prizes along with the rewards of exposure and recognition. By validating your artistic practice, they increase your visibility in the art world. Art competitions can serve as a catalyst that accelerates an artist's progress to success. Visit our website to view the best current art competitions.

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FAQs: Art Competitions

Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding art competitions here:

What is an art competition?

Art competitions are events where artists are invited to submit their work based on a particular theme or category. Organized by a variety of entities such as institutions, galleries, or other art organizations, these competitions aim to identify, acknowledge, and support talented artists. A panel of judges typically awards prizes, exhibitions, publications, or other forms of recognition to the best entries. Winning art competitions offers artists crucial exposure and recognition.

What are typical prizes of art competitions?

Art competitions offer artists a variety of prizes. These can range from cash awards, to opportunities in order to exhibit works and gain exposure. Some competitions also offer artist residencies, scholarships, as well as art supplies or equipment as prizes. Winners may have their work featured in a catalog, an art magazine, or on an online platform, increasing recognition and exposure. Ultimately, winning awards become a valuable addition to an artist's resume.

The list of art competitions on our website specifies in each case clearly what the “prize“ entails.

How does the judging process work?

The jury panel generally consists of a number of distinguished persons from the art world, who, over the course of several rounds, individually decide which applications to eliminate or pass on to the next rounds. Shortlisted works are then subjected to further scrutiny. The process concludes with the panel collectively deciding on the winners.

How do I apply for an art competition?

Most open calls for art competitions require artists to submit a comprehensive application, including a portfolio, an artist statement, and a resume. The number of applicants for art competitions is often high, especially for the more prestigious prizes. Therefore, your application needs be impactful, clear, straightforward, and inviting to review.

Do you need help in these matters? Check our online courses “How to make a portfolio” and “How to write an artists statement” which serve as step-by-step guides giving you all the tools you need to build a strong application for art competitions.