The JUST Art Award

Deadline: 08/05/2024

Amy Jackson

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New quarterly award for artists who want to change the world through the way they live or the work they make. Artists working with themes of environmental and social justice from anywhere in the world are eligible to enter the award.

Inequality in the art world is rife, around 85% of artists represented by US institutions are white and many classical paintings have been found to have racist undertones or themes. Not to mention the gender pay gap, of the $196.6bn spent at auctions between 2008 and 2019, work produced by women accounted for only £4bn, a measly 2% of the total sales. What's more, in music, performing and visual arts only 22% are from working class backgrounds compared with 60% from more privileged backgrounds.

The award by conceptual artist, Amy Jackson which launched in 2023 with the first winner receiving £250 in prize money to invest in their artwork. The bursary will take place every year and will be a minimum of £250 or 50% of the artist's profits that year (whichever is higher). Artists anywhere in the world, working in any medium are eligible but they must demonstrate an interest in environmental or social justice in their work or practice.

"It’s not just about giving a voice to those otherwise unheard but trying to demonstrate by example, a new way of living and thinking about money".

The award is open to any artist, working in any medium, anywhere in the world, at any age or stage in their career. The winner will be selected based on three simple criteria:

  • How conceptually strong the work or artist's practice is in relation to the theme "environmental and social justice"?
  • How technically strong the work or artist's practice is when judged as a piece of contemporary Fine Art?
  • To what extent will the bursary benefit the artist and their practice.

Entry requirements are intentionally simple in order to save artists time from lengthy open call applications. Simply prepare:

  • Your work (up to three images)
  • A brief description of the work (up to 200 words)
  • A link to complementary images or videos (if needed to explain the series of work)
  • A short biography (150 words)
  • A short explanation how this award will benefit you or your practice

The judges 2024: 

  • Emma Cousin
  • Olivia Bax
  • Amy Jackson

Read more about the award, this year's judges and past editions here


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Any artist, working in any medium, in any country, at any stage in their career. The only criteria is that you must have socially conscious practice, working with environmentalism, social justice as a theme or practicing in a way that somehow benefits the world around us.
When is the deadline?
8th May 20234at 11:59pm
How many works can I submit?
You may submit 1 - 3 works or concepts, you can choose up to 3 images and 1 link to explain your piece(s) (this is particularly helpful for those who work in conceptual, performative or installation art and less relevant if you are submitting one painting where 1 image and 1 additional detail shot may suffice).
How much does it cost?
It's free to apply!
Are there payments to artists?
The winning artist will receive £250 award.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Yes! The winning artist will be announced on Instagram and social materials will be supplied for the artist to promote their achievement.
What are the selection criteria?
Three criteria will be used to select the winner:
- How conceptually strong is the work or artist's practice in relation to the theme "environmental and social justice"?
- How technically strong is the work or artist's practice when judged as a piece of contemporary Fine Art?
- To what extent will the bursary benefit the artist and their practice?

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