Scott Creative Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award 2023

Deadline: 09/01/2023

Venue: The Art House @SCAF  |  City: Thirsk  |  Region: North Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Scott Creative Arts Foundation

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The Scott Creative Arts Foundation holds an annual award for Emerging Artists based in Yorkshire. The SCAF EAA 2023 is based on the theme of LIGHT ; SCAF invites you to submit a proposal that creatively expresses this subject. There will be 10 awards overall with the winning artist receiving £1250, 2nd £500, 3rd £250 and 7 further awards of £100 each to the remaining shortlisted artists.

SCAF will hold an exhibition and award ceremony for the 10 finalists; in addition finalists will have a permanent artist page on our website and will have other benefits including use of SCAF facilities.

The award is open to up-and-coming artists in the Yorkshire Region who are not represented by an agent and are not yet recognised by art critics or the general public. For further information and to see the past winners and finalists please see:-

We are an arts charity based in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, founded in 2016 - charity number 1168545.

The theme for the SCAF Emerging Artist Award 2023 is LIGHT. As we emerge from the Covid pandemic, surrounded by the rhetoric of threatened climate crisis, food shortages, rising prices and ever-increasing social pressures, it is hard to feel lightness of spirit or connect with joy and creativity in our lives.

Exploring the theme of light and finding your own way of interpreting and expressing 'light' will offer a healthy counterbalance to the heaviness and darkness often experienced in these times. The visual arts have a long history of using light both as a subject and a tool to create emotion and drama, or simply to lead the eye to a specific aspect of composition. You may choose to represent light within your work, or play with light illuminating your piece or even work with light itself, the choice is yours.

There are three stages :-

1. Draw up a proposal - using words and images to best describe the piece you would like to submit as the finished piece

(If you are successful in this stage you will receive an invite as a finalist)

2.  Create the artwork you have proposed in stage one.

(We will ask you to deliver the artwork to Thirsk)

3. Judging of the final 10 pieces and the winner announced at the SCAF EAA 2023 Exhibition on Saturday 1st July 

Among the SCAF EAA 2023 Judges are:-

SCAF Artistic Director Dr Sue Armstrong, SCAF Curator Jane Young,  SCAF EAA 2022 winning Artist Jane Claire Wilson,  Mixed Media Artist Jill Tatersall, and Cynthia Corbett Founder/Director of The Cynthia Corbett Gallery and The Young Masters Art Prize.

Please see for the terms and conditions and for further infomation on our award and past finalists


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
The award is open to up-and-coming artists in the Yorkshire Region who are not represented by an agent and are not yet recognised by art critics or the general public.
When is the deadline?
The deadline is the 1st January 2023 and shortlisted artists will be notified if they are successful by 1st February 2023
How many works can I submit?
Artists can submit one proposal
When is the delivery date?
Delivery date of the finished piece 1st June 2023
When do I need to collect my work?
After the last day of the exhibition. The date will be arranged through our curator
How much does it cost?
We do not ask for an entry fee
Are there payments to artists?
For the winner there is a payment of £1250, 2nd £500, 3rd £250 and £100 for the other shortlisted entries
Is there a private view / opening?
Yes - this will be confirmed at the time of notifying the shortlisted artists
Does the location have disabled access?
Yes - disabled toilet and the exhibition will been one level
How do you decide on proposals?
The judges will study your proposal in relation to the theme. The strength of your proposal will be determined by how it relates to the theme (LIGHT), the processes that you describe, in addition to overall artistic merit.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
You will be notified by email on 1st February 2023. Details of stage 2 for finalists can be found within the terms and conditions and our website.
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
Our charity is guided by the work and wishes of our benefactors Michael and Eileen Scott who during their lifetimes encouraged deep thinking. We are therefore looking for well thought out proposals that clearly link to the theme (LIGHT).
Terms and Conditions
For further detailed information - Please refer to our Terms and Conditions at

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