We are thrilled to announce the details of our next annual competition, Jackson’s Painting Prize 2021. For the sixth year, we will be accepting 2-dimensional fine art works in any painting or drawing media. Submissions are welcome from artists all over the world, of all ages and abilities. We are offering over £10,000 in prize money, as well as art materials.
Our prizes aim to give successful entrants the exposure and resources that are most relevant to them. This year we have raised the main prize from £5000 to £6000 and in addition to our existing awards programme, we have created a new prize especially for watercolour painters, the Outstanding Watercolour Award.
Jackson’s Painting Prize 2021 – £6000
Emerging Artist Award – £1000
People’s Choice Award – £500 Jackson’s voucher
Outstanding Watercolour Award – £500 Jackson’s voucher
Six Category Awards – £500 each
- Portrait / Figure
- Landscape / Cityscape / Seascape
- Still Life / Botanical
- Abstract / Non-representational
- Scenes of Everyday Life
Submissions open: Tuesday 1st December
Submissions close: 5.00 pm (GMT) Tuesday 2nd March
Longlist announced: Wednesday 17th March
Shortlist announced & People’s Choice Award voting opens: Wednesday 31st March
People’s Choice Award voting closes: 12 pm (GMT) Tuesday 13th April
People’s Choice Award winner announced: Wednesday 14th April
Outstanding Watercolour Award winner announced: Thursday 15th April
Six Category Award winners announced: Friday 16th April
Emerging Artist Award winner announced: Tuesday 20th April
Jackson’s Painting Prize 2021 winner announced: Wednesday 21st April
Finalists exhibition at the Affordable Art Fair Hampstead: Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th May (subject to covid restrictions)
Download the dates to your calendar at our competition website here.
All six of our expert judges are leading figures in the contemporary art world. Each judge will bring a unique perspective, opinion and intention to cultivate a varied selection of work that showcases the very best of the entrants. Throughout November and December, we will be publishing interviews with the judges to find out more about their work and what they will be looking for in the entries submitted to the competition this year.
UK Affordable Art Fair Director
Curator & Art Dealer
Artist & winner of Jackson’s Painting Prize 2020
Submissions for Jackson’s Painting Prize 2021 open on Tuesday 1st December. Until then, you can create a user profile on our competition software and sign up to our competition newsletter to receive the latest updates about Jackson’s Painting Prize.
- Watch the interview with Ruth Murray, the winner of Jackson’s Painting Prize 2020
- Watch the interview with Iain Nicholls, the winner of Jackson’s Painting Prize 2019
- Get some advice on writing your Artist Biography and Artist Statement
- Read interviews with the shortlisted artists from Jackson’s Painting Prize 2020
- Read the competition Guidelines and Criteria.