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List of Art Exhibitions & Competitions

Entering art competitions and exhibitions is a great way to get your name out there, and good for your CV too. I've compiled a list below of all the ones I have either taken part in, or heard good things about. If you know of any I've not got on the list then do let me know and I can add it in! In addition to those listed below, it’s always worth heading over to google and having a look at your local art societies and creative businesses as often they will hold competitions or exhibitions. There are also many medium specific art societies to join which organise exhibitions and competitions for their members too. 

Affordable Art Fair

Opportunity to exhibit across the world

The Artist and Leisure Painters Open Art Competition
Competition open to all; finalists have work exhibited in the UK and online

Association Of Animal Artists

2 annual exhibitions, an art competition, and various awards held in the UK is open to members.

 

Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize

Competition open to all internationally; finalists have work exhibited outside of the UK.

 

British Art Prize 2022

Competition open to UK artists; finalists have work exhibited in the UK.

David Shepherd Wildlife Artist Of The Year

Competition open to all; finalists have work exhibited in the UK and sold online.

Derwent Art Prize

Competition open to pencil, coloured pencil, pastel, graphite & charcoal artists; finalists have work exhibited.

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Doncaster Art Fair Open Exhibition

Competition open to all; finalists have work exhibited in the UK.

Exhibition Of Wildlife Art

Applications open to all; exhibition held both in the UK with opportunity to only exhibit online.

Explorers Against Extinction Sketch For Survival

Competition open to all; finalists have work exhibited in the UK (sometimes internationally) and auctioned online.

Fine Art Trade Guild Artists Showcase

Annual exhibition and awards ceremony held in the UK is open to members

Jacksons Painting Prize

Competition open to all; finalists have work exhibited in the UK.

John Byrne Award

A rolling competition open to Scottish artists; all entrants have work exhibited online and both a monthly and annual prize are awarded.

John Moores Painting Prize

Competition open to UK artists; finalists have work exhibited in the UK.

LightSpace Time Awards

Monthly competitions open to all; finalists have work exhibited online.

New Light Prize Exhibition

Competition open to artists connected with the North of England (Cumbria, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland and Yorkshire); finalists have work exhibited in the UK.

RA Summer Exhibition

Competition open to all; finalists have work exhibited in the UK.

 

Royal Society Marine Artists

Competition open to all; finalists have work exhibited in the UK.

SAA Artist Of The Year

Competition open to all; finalists have work exhibited in the UK.

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Society Of Equestrian Artists
Open to all; selected artists work exhibited both in the UK and online.

The Society of Feline Artists (SOFA)

Open to members; selected artists work exhibited both in the UK and online.

Society of Wildlife Artists

Competition open to all; finalists have work exhibited in the UK.

The Spectrum Art Award

Competition open to UK artists on the autistic spectrum; finalists have work exhibited in the UK.

Theo Paphitis Art Prize

Competition open to UK residents; finalists have work exhibited in the UK.

Wales Contemporary/ Cymru Gyfoes

Competition open to all; finalists have work exhibited in the UK.

The Wildlife Art Society International (TWASI)
Annual exhibition a
nd awards ceremony held in the UK is open to members