Jackson’s Open Painting Prize 2017
***Submission for Jackson’s Open Painting Prize is now closed***
Winners will be announced Friday 12th May 2017
The Jackson’s Open Painting Prize exists to recognise and appreciate original, 2-dimensional fine art works in any painting or drawing media. Photographs, computer generated or manipulated artwork and 3D sculptural works are not eligible for selection. The annual competition offers an on-line showcase and impressive prizes for contemporary and traditional visual artists, both emerging and established. Because the finalists will be shown in an online exhibition there are no barriers to international submissions. We welcome entries from artists in any country and of any age.
In 2016, Jackson’s ran it’s inaugural major art prize. The Jackson’s Open Art Prize (JOAP 2016) received 3000 entries from all over the world, with many exceptional submissions that excelled in originality and craftsmanship. Our final prize winners can be viewed here. The prize has been renamed to further distinguish our selection criteria from 3D sculptural works.
We will have a two-tier selection and judging process: first the Jackson’s selection panel will select a longlist and then the panel of expert judges (curators, gallerists and artists) will select first a short-list and then the winners.
The Jackson’s Open Painting Prize will accept submissions from 4th January 2017 until 2nd April 2017. The price for entry will be £5 per artwork and you can submit up to a maximum of 5 artworks per artist. With £11,000 worth of prizes, our prize fund has increased significantly since last year and the changes to the cost of submission reflects this. We have also invested in state-of-the art competition software which will be able to display online galleries of longlisted/shortlisted works. We are also having additional Category Prizes which will be chosen from the longlisted entries and will each have a prize of £1000. They will be judged by:
Watercolour Category: Respected watercolourist Jean Haines
Acrylic Category: Scott Naismith, known for his vibrant and atmospheric landscapes
Oil Category: President of the New English Art Club, Richard Pikesley
Drawing/Dry Media Category: Pastellist and mixed media artist Ann Oram
- First Prize: £5,000 cash
- Second Prize: £500 cash + £500 worth of Jackson’s Art Gift Vouchers
- Third Prize: £500 cash + £500 worth of Jackson’s Art Gift Vouchers
- Plus, 4 additional category prizes with artist judges (TBA), each category winner will receive £1000 cash.
Anna Bromwich is an art consultant based at Mall Galleries, London, where she is responsible for sourcing, commissioning and renting art for private and corporate clients. She curates and co-manages Mall Galleries’ online gallery, Buy Art | Buy Now, and curated the exhibition By Popular Demand, a survey of the visitors and selectors choice awardees from the last eight years of The Columbia Threadneedle Prize, which opens on January 9. Anna has worked for a number of commercial galleries in London and Paris and has taught in the French architecture university ENSAPB.
Read our interview with Anna Bromwich on our blog here
Since graduating from the Royal Academy Schools in the late 90s, Nick Archer has steadily built a reputation as one of the country’s most intriguing painters of both figure and landscape. Archer’s paintings possess a nocturnal, Lynchian quality that suggest a shocking, dystopian vision of the world in crisis, a journey at an end. His most recent work combines a painting style reminiscent of the Early Northern European Tradition with the genre scene backgrounds of artists like Breugel, Uccello and Bosch to more contemporary cinematographic language of recent dark fairy tales such as del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth and Burton’s Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow and Alice in Wonderland. Archer is currently represented by Long & Ryle, London and by Gowen Contemporary Art in Geneva. He has exhibited extensively, including at The Threadneedle Prize, the Lynn Painter-Stainer’s Prize, The Jerwood Drawing Prize, The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the BP Portrait Award. He lives and works in Rye, East Sussex.
Read our interview with Nicholas Archer on our blog here
Roma Piotrowska works as an Exhibitions Manager at Ikon Gallery. She also works as an independent curator, project manager and writer. She worked on the development of Iraq Pavilions at the Venice Biennale in 2013 and 2015; and is the curatorial assistant of its upcoming edition at the 56th International Venice Biennale Art Exhibition. Previous roles have included working as a Curatorial Assistant for the 4th Guangzhou Triennial (2012, China). Her research interests focus around archives, memory, identity, politics and economy in relation to art.
Read our interview with Roma Piotrowska on our blog here
Rebecca Gordon is the Head Curator of the online contemporary art gallery Rise Art. She is predominately focussed on recruiting talented emerging artists to the site and managing Rise Art’s board of Insiders as well as advising Corporate companies and private individuals on their art collections. She previously worked for Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert (London based Modern British dealer in 20th century art) and before that John Mitchell Fine Paintings, London (dealer of Dutch Old Master and 19th century French art). She has an M.A. in History of Art from Edinburgh University.
Read our interview with Rebecca Gordon on our blog here
Catharine Davison is a visual artist based in Edinburgh where she combines a career as both an artist and educator. Drawing and painting from direct observation on location is at the heart of her practise. She has been showing her work throughout the UK since 1994, winning several professional exhibition awards. This included the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize in 2014 for creative representational painting at the Mall Galleries, London. Her work is represented by the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh. She is currently involved with the planning and delivery of courses at the University of Edinburgh, Leith School of Art, The National Galleries of Scotland and at Loretto School in Musselburgh.
Read our interview with Catharine Davison here
Nerine Tassie is an experimental landscape painter who draws her inspiration and subjects from the coastal waters and woodlands near her home. Her multi- layered works evoke a haunting, timeless quality. Most recently she has explored ideas surrounding composition and frame within her painting. She has exhibited extensively throughout the UK and last year was the winner of Sky Arts’ Landscape Artist of the Year.
Read our interview with Nerine Tassie on our blog here
- Open for Entries: 4th January 2017
- Entries Close: 2nd April 2017
- Long-list Announced: 14th April 2017
- Short-list Announced: 28th April 2017
- Winners Announced: 12th May 2017
- Enter Jackson’s Open Painting Prize here
- If you are selected as a winner we will require an additional photo of you standing in front of your painting, drawing or original print for verification and publicity purposes. We may wish to see the artwork and will arrange this at our expense. The winning work must be available for viewing, if requested, and must be like the digital photo submission. Please do not submit an image if you do not have access to the original.
- We are building an FAQ Page as we go, you may find an answer to your question there.
- Read the Terms and Conditions page here
- Our blog article Art Competition Selection Criteria with tips on things judges look for may be helpful to you.
- We will be interviewing the judges over the next few weeks on the Jackson’s Art blog.
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