Young Masters Art Prize 2023

Deadline: 09/07/2023  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Young Masters Art Prize

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The 6th edition of Young Masters Art Prize returns with an open call for artists which has been extended to 9 July 2023, with shortlisted artists showcased at a London exhibition in October 2023.

Young Masters encourages contemporary artists to look back to the art of the past and art history to inspire their work, whether through technique, concept, theme or medium.  We are looking for artists who show originality, skill and imagination in response to the art of the past. You can interpret this as widely and creatively as you wish. For artists working in Ceramics there is a dedicated Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize, which runs concurrently with the Young Masters Art Prize.

Young Masters is judged by an esteemed panel of artworld experts, and has some wonderful prizes on offer! Shortlisted artists will be featured in an exhibition in central London, and in a printed catalogue. All shortlisted artists will be invited to the Prize Giving ceremony, and featured on our website, in our email newsletters, and on our Instagram page. 

See FAQs for more details. 

Submission fees

The following submission fees apply to this opportunity.

  • Young Masters entry fee - 38.00 GBP

The appropriate fee will be payable using a debit or credit card after the first submission has been completed. If the submission fee allows you to submit more than once, you will be able to make further submissions after the first. Contact the curator if you have any questions about the opportunity or the submission fee, or email help@curatorspace.com if you have any questions about the payment process.

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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
The prize is open to artists over the age of 18. There is no upper age limit, and you don’t have to be ‘young’ to enter.
What is the concept of Young Masters?
Young Masters is a not for profit organisation with a mission to support and reward contemporary artists who look back to the art of the past and art history to inspire their work, whether through technique, concept, theme or medium.

We are looking for artists who show originality, skill and imagination in response to the art of the past. You can interpret this as widely and creatively as you wish. For artists working in Ceramics there is a dedicated Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize, which runs concurrently with the Young Masters Art Prize.

Young Masters is judged by an independent panel of art world curators, collectors, artists, patrons and supporters.

Shortlisted artists will be featured in an exhibition in central London, and in a printed catalogue. All shortlisted artists will be invited to the Prize Giving ceremony, and featured on our website, in our e-shot newsletters, and on our Instagram page.
Are there any restrictions on who can apply?
Artists from anywhere in the world can apply. There are no requirements to be either a professional artist or to have attended art school or formal education.
I have gallery representation, can I apply?
Yes, Young Masters has a long tradition of collaboration with galleries and agents. Please note, all works shortlisted should be available for sale by Young Masters Art Prize.
I work in ceramics, how do I enter the Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize?
Please enter using the dedicated form for entries to the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize. You can find this on the drop down menu under ‘make a submission’.
How and when do I enter?
Entries should be made by online via CuratorSpace. The deadline has been extended to 9 July 2023.
What does my application need to include?
We ask for a short artist statement, a CV in pdf format, and images of up to two recent artworks (created no earlier than October 2019).
Please upload good quality images that show the entirety of the work/s you are submitting.
How is my entry judged?
The first round of judging is completed digitally. The winners are selected following an in person viewing of their work at the Young Masters Art Prize exhibition.

Please ensure images of your work are of a high quality and as clear as possible to allow the judges to complete the first round of judging.
How much does it cost to enter?
The fee of £38 allows you to submit up to two artworks. The submission fee is used for the sole purpose of running the Prize. Artists may enter more works as additional entries.
Who are the judges?
Judges are drawn from across the artworld, including academics, collectors, industry experts and artists. This year’s judging panels are:

Young Masters Art Prize Judges
• Jean Wainwright (academic, University of Creative Arts)
• Roland Cowen (architect at Cowen + Cowen, philanthropist and collector)
• Ruth Millington (Sotheby’s Institute, career and development and art critic and author)
• Sadie Clayton (artist, children’s TV presenter of BBC show Britain’s Best Young Arts, influencer)
• Brad Blume (collector, philanthropist, theatre producer)
• Kimathi Donkor, Artist, Educator and Academic, University of the Arts London

Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize Judges
• Maylis Grand (collector and philanthropist)
• Preston Fitzgerald (collector, art advisor, chairman of the Crafts Council patrons and chairman of the Cockpit Arts Patrons)
• Annie Warburton (CEO Cockpit Arts)
• Daniella Wells (Crafts Council, artistic director of COLLECT)
• Chris Bramble (artist, educator, director Kingsgate Studios)
• Bisila Noha (artist, art advisor, London LGBTQ+ Community Centre Project)

Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize Judges
• Dr Chris Blatchley (collector and scientist)
• Vestalia Chiltern (Director of Kensington + Chelsea Art Trail & Art Week and Founding Director of the Do Good Placemaking Company)
• Charmaine Beneyto (Artist, director, writer, curator. Founder of CB-Art Advisory and artist at Procreate Project)
What are the prizes?
The prizes are as follows:

Young Masters Art Prize:
• A Winner’s Prize of £1,500 sponsored by Evelyn Partners
• Two Highly Commended Awards of £500, courtesy the Artists’ Collecting Society (ACS)

Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics prize:
• A Winner’s Prize of £1,000, generously sponsored by James and Maylis Grand
• A Highly Commended Award of £500, generously sponsored by James and Maylis Grand

Emerging Woman Artist Award:
• £1,000, generously sponsored by Dr Chris Blatchley, along with mentoring, career advice and inclusion in an upcoming Art Fair with Cynthia Corbett Gallery

People’s Choice Award:
• £500, Sponsored by Brownhill Insurance

Young Masters Lerouge Knight Cross-Cultural Award:
This award, created, judged and generously funded by Dr Virginie Lerouge Knight, recognises artists who explore and embrace a cross-cultural awareness through their work. The award will be given to an artist shortlisted for Young Masters 2023 who explores cross-cultural themes and issues in their work, including those relating to the artist’s own background and upbringing. The winning artist will receive a £1,000 cash prize.

Cockpit Prize:
Two shortlisted artists working within the expanded field of craft will receive the new Cockpit Prize from Cockpit, including four sessions with a Cockpit business coach, and participation in the Make It Count programme.

Rudolph Blume Foundation Acquisition Award:
Acquisition of a work by an artist shortlisted for the Young Masters Art Prize or Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize.
When is Young Masters Art Prize 2023 exhibition?
The exhibition of shortlisted artists will take place at 67 York Street, London in two parts:

Ceramics Prize shortlist exhibition: 3 – 8 October 2023
Art Prize shortlist exhibition: 10 – 15 October 2023
What happens if I’m selected?
If your work is selected for the shortlist, you will be invited to send your work to London for the exhibition.
Works submitted must be available for sale. A sale price should be included when submitting. Young Masters takes a 50% commission from the sale price.

Artists are responsible for organising and paying for shipping their work to and from London, including insurance and any import and export duties payable.

Any unsold work will be available for the artist to collect after a six-month consignment period has lapsed.

All shortlisted artists will be required to pay a contribution towards storing their work with our partners, Art Logistics, at a heavily subsidised rate of £75 for the 6-month period. Shortlisted artists will also receive expert advice from Art Logistics on importing their work to the UK, if required.
What are the terms and conditions?
Please see the full terms and conditions at: www.young-masters.co.uk/terms-2023
I have a question – is there someone I can contact?
Please contact info@young-masters.co.uk if you have any questions regarding the Prize or use the ‘contact the curator’ button on CuratorSpace.

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