Final entries callout for Robert Walters Group UK New Artist of the Year Award

The deadline approaches for submission for the Robert Walters Group UK New Artist of the Year Award the third time the competition has taken place in collaboration with Saatchi Gallery and UK New Artists.

Last year the awards received a record-breaking 900+ entries and as the 31 August deadline looms closer, 2022 is on track to be even bigger.

After entries close, the judges will look through the submissions for the brief ‘The Unimagined Future,’ and will announce the top ten finalists on 3 October – with the exhibition and awards ceremony taking place on Thursday 10th November at the Saatchi Gallery, London.

The theme of the exhibition plays into the notion that 85% of jobs in 2030 currently do not exist – and opens a wider debate as to ‘what else have we not thought about or is yet to be invented?’

The awards have a track record of providing a springboard for emerging artists where previous winners such as Conor Rogers (2019) was subsequently selected for the Freelands Foundation Artist Programme and has an upcoming show at Millenium Gallery in Sheffield, in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery

Last year’s winner Anne von Freyburg (2021) went on to win the ‘Tsivrikos Shake Emerging Artist Award’ and currently has an exhibition in the Netherlands at Art Gallery O-68.

More information about the Robert Walters Group UK New Artist of the Year Award in collaboration with Saatchi Gallery and UK New Artists .

Entries for the 2022 award will close on 31st August at 11:59pm. This year’s judges are expecting to see works from outstanding artists whose work demonstrates a strong and original voice and is of exceptional artistic quality.

The final shortlist of 10 artists, selected by the judging panel, will have the opportunity to have their work exhibited at London’s iconic Saatchi Gallery – with all travel and logistics costs covered by Robert Walters Group – at the awards evening on Thursday 10th November 2022. The Saatchi Gallery show will be curated by Blackpool-based artist Garth Gratrix.

The winner will receive a cash prize of £10,000 and the artist’s work will be shown at the Robert Walters Group head office in Covent Garden for 12 months. The runner-up will also receive £5,000 from Robert Walters Group to help fund their future career in the visual arts.

Michelle Bowen, Director of UK New Artists says: “The 2019 and 2021 Awards discovered some of the most compelling and exciting new artists working across the UK today and I am sure this year’s award will show how the pressures and challenges of the last two years have been managed by this resilient and extraordinary creative sector, and how this will inform their artistic practice as they look to the future.”

Winner, runner up, judges/partner and curator at the 2021 awards

How to enter

To be eligible for the award, you must be aged 18 or over, and within the first 10 years of your professional practice, and have the right to live, work or study in the UK. Upon application, we will ask you to define the start of your professional practice using one of the following:

  • the date that you registered as a self-employed artist
  • the first public exhibition or performance you presented
  • your first paid commission
  • The year you completed your education or training
  • You are yet to do any of these things, and self-define the start of your professional practice

Artists should be working within the following fields: 

  • Applied arts: ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery,
  • Digital Arts: Moving image, performance video, technological arts
  • Fine Arts: painting, printmaking, photography, installation, sculpture.

Entries close on Wednesday 31 August.

More information about the Robert Walters Group UK New Artist of the Year Award in collaboration with Saatchi Gallery and UK New Artists .


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