Contemporary British Painting

‘Contemporary British Painting’ (also known as CBP) is an artist led organisation which explores and promotes current trends in British painting through group exhibitions, talks, publications, and by placing paintings in art museums. The group is run entirely by volunteers from within the membership.

We founded the The Contemporary British Painting Prize in 2016, an annual prize promoting the best of contemporary painting produced in the British Isles.

Our members represent some of the most exciting emerging and award winning painting in the UK today and include John Moores Prize winners Paula MacArthur, Nicholas Middleton and Mandy Payne, Jonathan Vickers Award winner Natalie Dowse, British Academy awardee James Quin, Griffin Prize exhibitor Matthew Krishanu, Venice Biennale exhibitor Phil Illingworth, and Joanna Whittle, winner of the Valeria Sykes Award at the New Light Prize.

Contemporary British Painting

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Current opportunities

  • Contemporary British Painting Prize 2022

    Deadline: 03/07/2022  |  Published: 16/05/2022  |  Venue: Huddersfield Art Gallery and Thames-side Gallery, London  |  City: Huddersfield and London  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Phil Illingworth

    Paid opportunity

    "The stated aim of Contemporary British Painting is to explore and promote current painting. The subtext to this is giving voice back to the artist, the originator and source of painting. The real discourse around current painting is generated painter to painter and emanates from the studio and not from the boardrooms of institutions, directors’ offices, lecture halls or galleries. This prize is artists submitting themselves to consideration and selection by their peers." Simon Carter, co-founder of Contemporary British Painting and lead selector of the CBP Prize 2018.

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