• Creating an account

    • How do I create an account?

      Create an account with our awards platform here. Once you have entered your email you will receive a 6 digit security verification code to your email. Once entered on our awards platform you will have access to the registration form and can register for an account. Your account for submission to Jackson’s Art Prize is separate to your Jackson’s Art store account.

    • Can I use my account from a previous submission?

      Yes, please login to your previously created account, where your information will be saved.

    • I’m having problems creating an account, what shall I do?

      First, check your spam/junk email for the verification code. If you are having difficulty with the registration form itself, please make sure that all mandatory fields have been entered correctly.

      As a general recommendation we’d also advise clearing your cache/cookies on your web browser and attempting to access the page in a private/incognito window.

      If after these points have been considered you are still encountering issues then please contact us on artprize@jacksonsart.co.uk

       

    • I’ve registered successfully, what now?

      If you are registering and logging in before the entry period begins on the 1st December, there won’t be much to see or do. Once submission opens you’ll see the ‘Enter’ tab at the top of the screen which is where you will head towards to enter your artworks to the competition.

    • Can I enter on behalf of someone else?

      Yes, if you are a gallery, agent, or other representative and have the permission of the artist, please fill out the form in their name.

  • Artwork guidelines + Awards Criteria

    • Is there a theme?

      No, there are no theme restrictions, however, please take note of the following criteria.
      
      
      We accept:
      
      
      • Paintings
      • Drawings
      • Original Prints
      
      We do not accept:
      
      
      • Three dimensional/sculptural work
      • Digital, computer manipulated, or AI art
      • Pure photography
      • Artwork of an inappropriate or offensive subject matter
      • Digital prints e.g. giclee
        
      • Murals
    • Can I submit more than one artwork?

      Yes, you can submit up to five artworks. Entry costs £6 per artwork.

    • Is there a size limit?

      No, you may enter a 2D artwork of any size. However, artworks over 2m wide are not guaranteed to be invited to exhibit due to space restrictions and will have to be evaluated when the other exhibitors are confirmed.

    • Do I have to submit a new artwork?

      No, submitting a new work is not mandatory, but it is encouraged. Your entry should reflect your current or lifelong body of work.

    • Can I submit an artwork that has already been sold?

      We would prefer entrants to submit artworks that are available, so that they have access to the original pieces and can take part in the exhibition/s. 

    • Can I submit an artwork that has previously won a competition?

      No, please do not submit an artwork that has previously won a competition. 

    • Which mediums are eligible for the Oil Award?

      • Oil Paint
      • Water Mixable Oil Paint
      • Oil Sticks
      • Cold Wax
      • Encaustic

      If you have used mediums across more than one award category, please select the one that features most prominently, or one that you feel best reflects the work.

    • Which mediums are eligible for the Watercolour Award?

      • Watercolour paint
      • Watercolour Pencils (used wet)
      • Gouache
      • Tempera
      • Shellac/gum-based inks

      If you have used mediums across more than one award category, please select the one that features most prominently, or one that you feel best reflects the work.

    • Which mediums are eligible to be considered for the Acrylic Award?

      • Acrylic paint
      • Acrylic markers
      • Acrylic ink
      • Acrylic spray paint

      If you have used mediums across more than one award category, please select the one that features most prominently, or one that you feel best reflects the work.

    • Which mediums are eligible to be considered for the Drawing Award?

      • Pencil
      • Pen
      • Charcoal

      If you have used mediums across more than one award category, please select the one that features most prominently, or one that you feel best reflects the work.

    • Which mediums are eligible to be considered for the Pastel Award?

      • Oil Pastel
      • Soft Pastel
      • Pastel Pencils

      If you have used mediums across more than one award category, please select the one that features most prominently, or one that you feel best reflects the work.

    • Which mediums are eligible to be considered for the Relief Print Award?

      • Linocut
      • Woodcut
      • Metalcut
      • Wood engraving
      • Relief etching
      • Rubber stamp
      • Foam printing
      • Collagraph
    • Which mediums are eligible to be considered for the Intaglio Award?

      • Etching
      • Drypoint
      • Aquatint
      • Engraving
      • Mezzotint
    • Which mediums are eligible to be considered for the Planographic Award?

      • Screenprint
      • Monoprint
      • Lithography
      • Cyanotype
      • Pochoir
    • Can I enter a mixed media painting?

      Yes, mixed media works are accepted, but they do not have their own category. If the work uses mostly one medium, you may enter it into the relevant category to be entered into the Materials Awards. 

       

      If it is an even mix and does not fit into any medium categories, you are still eligible to win one of the other 12 awards and do not need to select a Materials Award category.

    • Can I enter a giclée print of my work?

      No, reproduction prints are not accepted. The submission must be the original artwork, and you must have the original artwork available.

    • What is an original print?

      An original print is an original piece of artwork that has been created through a printmaking process such as screenprint, monotype, relief print or intaglio. The work may be unique (1/1) or form part of a limited edition. An original print is not a reproduction of another original work (e.g. giclée digital prints).

    • My painting is textured, is that permitted or do they have to be completely flat?

      Many would argue that no painting is completely flat, a painting with texture is fine as long as it isn’t a completely 3D object.

  • SUBMITTING ARTWORKS

    • How much does it cost to enter?

      Entry costs £6 per artwork, and you may enter up to five artworks.

       

    • I'd like to withdraw my entry from the competition. Am I entitled to a refund?

      At any time prior to the deadline, entrants may request a refund for entries they no longer wish to submit.  After submissions close on the 1st March, refunds are not eligible to be processed. Entrants may not request a refund because their work was not selected for the longlist, shortlist, or prizes.

    • Can I enter a work, then another at a later date?

      Yes, you may complete entries at any point during the submissions period, and they do not all have to be entered at once.

    • What is an Artist Bio?

      An Artist Bio is a short statement that sums up who you are and what stage you are at in your artistic journey. It is meant to offer the reader some background e.g. where you are from, where you have studied, where you live now, and any notable achievements. Read our guide on how to write an Artist Bio here.

    • What is an Artwork Statement?

      An Artwork Statement provides insight into your thought process behind the artwork. It might contain your concept, whether it is part of a series and its place within that series, the relevance of your materials and use of techniques, your subject matter, and any other meaning you can discuss. Read our guide on how to write an Artwork Statement here.

    • How long are submissions open for?

      The entry period lasts 13 weeks from the 1st December to the 1st March (February is a short month, so this creeps up!). At the end of the submission period last year, we experienced a surge of entries during the last few minutes, which caused the website to crash. Please submit your entries well ahead of time to ensure they are successfully entered. 

    • What if I miss the deadline?

      Submissions close at midday on Friday the 1st March 2024. Entrants will not be able to login or submit their entries at any point after this. At the end of the submission period last year, we experienced a surge of entries during the last few minutes, which caused the website to crash. Please submit your entries well ahead of time to ensure they are successfully entered. 

    • How do I know I’ve successfully submitted my artwork?

      Once you have submitted payment for your artwork/s, you will see a message appear that says ‘Your submission to Jackson’s Art Prize 2024 is complete.’ You will also receive an email confirming that your submission has been successful. If you return to the Enter page, you’ll see that your entry status next to the artworks you have submitted will have changed from ‘In progress’ to ‘Submitted.’

    • I’m having trouble submitting my artwork. What can I do?

      In most cases, website faults can be solved by clearing your browsing history and/or cookies, and trying again. Other alternatives include using a different browser, or using a private browsing web page. Within the entry form we’ve added additional information to help with certain questions, please ensure you read these before attempting to input your information. We’d also recommend reading this blog post as it goes through the entry process step by step. If you are still having difficulty submitting your artwork, please get in touch: artprize@jacksonsart.co.uk

    • Will I be in the running for a prize if I can’t send my work to London for the exhibitions?

      Yes, you would still be eligible to be considered for a prize; this factor will not affect the judge’s decisions. We hope to exhibit all the prize-winners at our Bankside exhibition, but understand it is not possible for all artists to send their work to us.

  • Photographing your artwork for submission

    • Do you have any advice on how to photograph my work?

      Please find our help article on how to photograph your artwork here. The image should be an accurate representation of your artwork, taken in natural light, as well as being of a high resolution for reproduction online. 

    • Should I include the frame/background in my image?

      No, please do not include the mount/frame/any other background surface. These entries will be disqualified. Please only submit straight on, tightly cropped images that display only the artwork.

    • I have signed my artwork and it is visible in the photograph. Is this ok?

      Yes, it is fine for the signature and date to be visible on the artwork.

    • Can I submit work on a circular/oval canvas?

      Yes. Please photograph the artwork on a plain white background and crop as tightly as possible.

    • Do I submit a diptych/triptych as one entry or separate entries?

      If a multi-surface artwork (such as a diptych/triptych) is intended to be viewed as one piece, photograph and submit the work as one entry. 

    • What image formats do you accept?

    • Can I submit an image with a watermark on it?

       

      No, artwork with a copyright stamp or watermark on it will not be accepted. 

    • How do I resize my image to be under 3mb?

      You can resize an image on a mac or pc using the following instructions:

      Mac: 

      1. Open the image you want to modify in Preview.
      2. Click on Tools and select Adjust Size.
      3. Now you can adjust the Width, Height, and Resolution.
      4. Once you’ve made those changes, make sure you’ve ticked the “Scale proportionally” box; otherwise your image may become distorted/out of proportion.

       

      PC:  

      1. Double click the file to open the image
      2. You’ll see a toolbar along the top of the window with different icons. On the far right hand side, there should be three dots or ‘see more’
      3. Click the three dots icon and select ‘resize image’
      4. Drag the quality down until it is just under 3mb
      5. Press save
    • How do I get my image to be over 1mb?

      If your image is under 1mb, it cannot be enhanced online. We would recommend retaking the image using our image guidelines for the best results.

  • Judging process

    • How do I know when my work has been judged?

      Judging takes place over the month of March. Artworks pass through several rounds, and are judged by both the Jackson’s Judging Committee and the Guest Judging Panel. You will receive an email to confirm whether your entry has been successful when the longlist is announced on the 28th March. If you do not receive this email, it might be because you have previously unsubscribed to our newsletter – please make sure you are opted in to receive emails from us.

    • How does the judging process work?

      The Jackson’s Judging Committee will determine the winners of the First Prize, Second Prize, Runners up, and Material Awards. The Guest Judging Panel will each choose the winner of their own Judge’s Choice Award.

  • Notifications and Results

    • What do I do if I don’t receive the results email?

      If you do not receive an email from us with the results of the competition, it might be because you have previously unsubscribed to our newsletter – please make sure you are opted in to receive emails from us, otherwise we will be unable to contact you. If you still need help, get in touch with us at artprize@jacksonsart.co.uk. 

    • Can I appeal the judge’s decision?

      No, the Jackson’s Committee and Guest Judging Panel’s decisions are final.

    • Can I receive feedback on my submission?

      No, the Jackson’s Committee and Guest Judging Panel’s deliberations are confidential and will not be shared. 

  • Information for artists based outside the UK

    • Can I enter if I'm based outside the UK?

      Yes, we welcome entries from artists worldwide. 

    • I have been shortlisted. Can I ship my work to you for the exhibition/s?

      As an international shortlister, you are encouraged to send your work to us to be exhibited. but it is not required. 

       

      The artist is responsible for the cost of transportation to and from our studio in London, and is required to:

      1. Send your artwork in suitable packaging, that can be saved and reused effectively for its journey back to you. Crated works are preferred as they are very safe and easy to reuse.
      2. Take out appropriate insurance and/or use an art handling specialist.
    • Can you assist with the cost of shipping my work?

      No, we aren’t able to offer financial support to transport artworks to us for the exhibition. Funds collected from the entry feed go entirely back into funding the competition –

    • If my artwork is damaged in transit, what happens next?

      We cannot take responsibility for any damage incurred in transit on its way to or from our studio. We will do our best to repackage your work safely and effectively, but please provide instructions if you require specific packaging. Please take out insurance to cover the shipment of your work.

  • Delivery of shortlisted works

    • What is the delivery address?

      Jackson’s Art Prize

      1 Farleigh Place

      London

      N16 7SX

      UK

    • Can I post/ship my work to you?

      Yes, you can post your work to us at your own risk. The artist is responsible for the cost of transportation to and from our studio in London, and is required to:

      1. Send your artwork in suitable packaging, that can be saved and reused effectively for its journey back to you. Crated works are preferred as they are very protective and easy to reuse. Bubble wrap and cardboard can be used, if using the right tape, but it risks being damaged in the unwrapping process, rendering it un-reusable.
      2. Take out appropriate insurance and/or use an art handling specialist.
    • Can I deliver my work by hand?

      Yes, you are more than welcome to drop off your work by hand at any point during our opening hours. Please note: we are not open on Sundays.

    • My work has a hanging method attached - shall I leave it on?

      It depends on the hanging method. If your work is already mirror plated, please remove the mirror plates and tape them to the back of the frame/stretcher bar for shipment, so they do not damage your protective packaging. We will reuse them for the exhibition.

       

      If your work has picture wire attached, feel free to leave this as is, but be aware that any works not hung via mirror-plates will not be covered by Bankside’s insurance policy. If you are confident that your work is most safely hung via picture wire, please specify that is the case and attach it prior to sending, with the knowledge that your work will not be insured.

    • How should my work be packaged?

      Make sure to send your artwork to us in suitable packaging that can be saved and reused effectively for its journey back to you. Crated works are preferred as they are very protective and easy to reuse. Bubble wrap and cardboard can be used, but it risks being damaged in the unwrapping process, rendering it un-reusable. 

       

      At the close of the exhibition/s, we are able to repackage your work as long as the materials are provided. Alternatively, there are some art handlers that provide packaging upon collection. Please also make sure your work is insured in case of damage in transit.

    • Shall I send a sketchbook for the Bankside exhibition?

      Yes, if you would like to, you can send a sketchbook to be considered for inclusion in the display cases at Bankside.

  • Collection of shortlisted works

    • What is the collection address?

      Jackson’s Art Prize

      1 Farleigh Place

      London

      N16 7SX

      UK

    • Can you book a collection for me and then send me an invoice?

      No, we are unable to book shipments on behalf of artists.

    • I’m booking a collection with a courier, shall I take out insurance?

      Yes, we strongly recommend taking out insurance to ensure your work is covered in the event of any damage incurred in transit. Using an art handler is the safest way to ship your work as they will be insured to cover artwork damage, and will handle your work with the utmost care.

    • I have packaging specifications I need met for my work’s journey back. How shall I ensure it is safe?

      Please get in touch with us to relay any specific instructions for your work’s return journey. We repackage the works by hand, but must have suitable packaging provided in order to safely and effectively protect the artwork.

Download T&Cs PDF

  • Terms & Conditions

    • OVERVIEW

      Jackson’s Art Prize exists to recognize and appreciate original, 2-dimensional fine art works and is open to all artists of all abilities and at all ages. Jackson’s Art Prize costs £6 per artwork to enter. Pure photography, computer generated or manipulated artwork and 3D sculptural works are not eligible for selection. Artworks for the competition must be submitted by the artist who created it, or by a gallery, agent, or other representative if they have the permission of the artist. Artworks must not be derogatory, offensive, threatening, defamatory, disparaging or contain any content that is inappropriate, indecent, profane, tortuous, slanderous, discriminatory in any way, or that promotes hatred or harm against any group or person. Artworks deemed as such will be removed from the competition.

      All work must be your own intellectual property. This means we will not accept artworks that directly copy other people’s work (this does not include artistic interpretations) or works that are made from a tutorial. We are not accepting entries that have previously won a major competition or that have been extensively exhibited in any established galleries.

      Jackson’s Art Supplies may ask for artworks to be sent for further inspection and consideration before or outside of longlist/shortlist /prize winning selection. The winning work must be available for viewing, if requested, and must be like the digital photo submission. We may require a photo of the winner standing in front of their painting for publicity purposes. Please do not submit an image if you do not have access to the original work. Jackson’s Art Supplies will advise on how the prize winner’s photograph should be composed.

      Entrants are expected to carefully read the Guidelines & Criteria within the FAQs to ensure that the conditions are understood clearly.

    • HOW TO ENTER

      You can enter Jackson’s Art Prize by navigating to ‘2024 > Enter Here’ at the top of the page at jacksonsart.com/paintingprize/ You will need to register your details to then submit your entry or entries. Please note: You cannot login using your customer profile for the Jackson’s Art Supplies online shop. You must create a separate user profile for the competition. The maximum file size is 3MB and we accept jpg, jpegs and png files. Images of artwork must be at least 1000px wide (with a resolution of at least 72px per inch). Please ensure that your image/s is the correct way up before submitting. Artwork with a copyright stamp or watermark on it will not be accepted. The image/s of the artwork should be a clear, high quality photograph which must not show any unnecessary or irrelevant content, such as frames, mounts, walls, tables or any other kind of background. The image/s should be an accurate representation of the artwork, taken in bright natural light, as well as being of a high resolution for reproduction online.

    • INDEMNIFICATION & LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

      By entering the Jackson’s Art Prize, each entrant agrees to indemnify, release and hold harmless Jackson’s Art Supplies and its parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies, the software platform, administrator, advertising and promotional agencies, and all their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents from any liability, damages, losses or injury resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from that entrant’s participation in the competition and the acceptance, use or misuse of any prize that may be won. Jackson’s Art Supplies and its parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies do not make any warranties, express or implied, as to the condition, fitness or merchantability of the prize.

      Jackson’s Art Supplies and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotional agencies, and all their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents disclaim any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from access to or the download of information or materials connected with the competition.

      Jackson’s Art Supplies and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotional agencies, and all their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents disclaim any liability for any breach of copyright made by an artist’s submission, accidental, unintentional or otherwise.

    • ADDITIONAL LIMITATIONS

      If you or an immediate family member is an employee of Jackson’s Art Supplies you cannot enter the competition.

      Prizes are non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted.

      Jackson’s Art Supplies and its respective parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies, agents, and representatives are not responsible for any typographical or other errors in the offer or administration of the Art Prize, including, but not limited to, errors in any printing or posting or these Official Rules, the selection and announcement of any winner, or the distribution of any prize.

      Any attempt to damage the content or operation of this Art Prize is unlawful and subject to possible legal action by Jackson’s Art Supplies. Jackson’s Art Supplies reserves the right to terminate, suspend or amend the Art Prize, without notice, and for any reason, including, without limitation, if Jackson’s Art Supplies determines that the Art Prize cannot be conducted as planned or should a virus, bug, tampering or unauthorised intervention, technical failure or other cause beyond Jackson’s Art Supplies’ control corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the Art Prize.

      In the event any tampering or unauthorised intervention may have occurred, Jackson’s Art Supplies reserves the right to void suspect entries at issue. Jackson’s Art Supplies and its respective parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies, agents, and representatives, and any telephone network or service providers, are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information, or for any human error, technical malfunction, lost or delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, line failure or malfunction of any telephone network, computer equipment or software, the inability to access any website or online service or any other error, human or otherwise.

    • REFUNDS

      At any time prior to the deadline, entrants may request a refund for entries they no longer wish to submit. After submissions close, refunds are not eligible to be processed. Entrants may not request a refund because their entries were not longlisted or shortlisted. You cannot request a refund if you take part in the competition and your entry was not selected as a winner. You cannot request a refund after the results announcement.

    • DISCLAIMER

      We take each submission and the information regarding it in good faith. We will not conduct any background checks unless we believe there are grounds for disqualification or we have been alerted by an additional party.

      Jackson’s Art Supplies reserves the right to extend the submissions period for any of its competitions.

      The committee and guest judging panel’s decisions are final, their deliberations are confidential and will not be shared.

    • PUBLICITY

      By participating, each entrant grants Sponsor (Jackson’s Art Supplies Ltd) permission to use their name, artwork, likeness or comments for publicity purposes without payment of additional consideration, except where prohibited by law. If you have any questions, please email: artprize@jacksonsart.co.uk

    • HANDLING AND SHIPPING OF ARTWORK FOR EXHIBITION PURPOSES

      Jackson’s Art Supplies cannot take responsibility for any damage to your artwork incurred in transit on its way to or from our studio. It is your responsibility to provide Jackson’s Art Supplies with sufficient and suitable packaging in order to safely and effectively protect the artwork both to us and on its return journey. Jackson’s Art Supplies will not be liable for any damage incurred due to insufficient or inappropriate packaging of the artwork, or as a result of the way in which the artwork is made.

      It is your responsibility to arrange transport and insurance of artwork both to our studio for the exhibition and back, and incur any costs associated with couriers or delivery companies.