The Art Academy – London

Opportunities & Prizes

FEBRUARY 2016: Sir Philip Trousdell Portrait Prize

The Sir Philip Trousdell Portrait Prize, is a competition for 2D or 3D portrait work in any medium. We are looking for an original approach to the subject matter and an interesting use of materials, character and exploration.


  • The portrait should show skill in the chosen medium;
  • The portrait should bring out the character of the sitter;
  • The work should be an exploration of the medium showing an original approach to the portrait.


Please submit your entry form by 10am, Wednesday 3rd February along with a photograph of the work.
The actual piece should be placed on display for lunchtime judging on Wednesday 3rd February, in Studio 1.

The prize fund is £150, which may be distributed between a first and second place.

Trousdell Prize Entry Form (MS WORD)

Trousdell Prize Entry Form (PDF)

MARCH 2016: The Kennerley Prize for Academic Excellence

Date for submission – 10am Wednesday 2 March 2016

Process of Submission  – This Prize is for Diploma Level 2 students only. If you wish to apply please submit your Level 2 Art Theory essay and include 250 words explaining how you would make use of the prize and why it would be particularly beneficial to you.

Your contribution in Art Theory classes will also be taken into account as will your engagement with the contextualisation of your practice.

Date for Judging – David Hodge will assess the entries and announce the winner of the prize within 2 weeks.

Judging Criteria 

               The ability to critically analyse and discuss art works and show an understanding of its historic and contextual significance.
               A use of art theory to develop and inform the student’s own artistic practice.
               A passion for learning and development of academic knowledge

 Structure of Prize

One student will be awarded the prize.
They will be given 6 hrs of David Hodge’s time to make use of as they wish, they can use it for discussion, visits or research.
This time must be used up by the end of the Academic Year, it can be used to further their dissertation or for study in a completely different area.

The Kennerey Prize for Academic Excellence

JUNE 2016: Art Academy Drawing Prize


For a drawing in any drawing medium. The work will be judged on its:

  • Technical skill
  • Interesting use of marks, mediums or techniques
  • Evidence of the quest to convey meaning or intention


Each student may enter one drawing (drawings do not need to be mounted or framed)

Entry deadline: 9am, Wednesday 8th June 2016

Exhibition and judging: Lunchtime, Wednesday 8th June; Brenden Kelly to judge the entries and the winner will be announced at 1.5pm

Prize: £150

Drawing Prize Entry Form (PDF)

Drawing Prize Entry Form (MS WORD)


May 2016: Pure Arts Prize

Open to 3rd Year Diploma Students only


For an artwork in any medium. The purpose of the prize is to support the continued development of an artist who wishes to make their primary living by selling their art.

Each student may enter up to three pieces.

Selection will be based purely on quality of artwork submitted; artistic sensitivity, technical skill, originality, visual impact and content.


Deadline: 9am, Wednesday 11th May 2016
Judging: Lesley Samms, Managing Director, Pure Arts Group


  • The opportunity to exhibit 2 pieces at the Pure annual art fair in October.
  • Mentoring and professional development support for one year.

Pure is a marketing and pr agency; delivering a bespoke service to a global client base. Internationally renowned for discovering, mentoring and supporting talent in contemporary art.

JUNE 2016: Surrey Sculpture Society Prize

The Surrey Sculpture Society Prize, now in it’s second year, is a competition for 3D work in any medium. We are looking for an original approach to the subject matter and an interesting use of materials, character and exploration.


Your work should demonstrate:

  • Development of skill in the chosen technique;
  • Imaginative use of 3D materials;
  • How effectively the sculptural language reflects the intention for the piece.


Please submit your entry form by Tuesday 15th June 2016 along with a photograph of the work. The actual piece should be placed on display for a lunchtime judging on Tuessday 15th June 2016 in Studio 1.

The prize fund is £500, which may be distributed between a first and second place, plus one years’ membership of the Surrey Sculpture Society and entry to an SSS exhibition for the first prize winner.

Surrey Sculpture Prize

Surrey Sculpture Prize Entry Form

 Autumn Term 2016: Art Academy Mixed Media Prize

For an artwork in any medium. The purpose of the prize is to encourage the breadth of creative language. The prize will therefore be judged on boldness, exploration and the pushing of boundaries in trying new mediums and techniques. We would also be looking for evidence of extensive research, to be expressed in both the supporting document and the work itself.
Each student may enter two pieces.
• Exploration
• Research
• Pushing boundaries

Entry deadline: TBC
Exhibition and judging: TBC
Prize : £100 which may be distributed between a first and second place.

Mixed Media Prize Entry (PDF)

Mixed Media Prize Entry (MS WORD)


BP Portrait Award

The BP Portrait Award has firmly established itself as the leading international showcase for new talent, celebrating and promoting the very best in contemporary portrait painting. Entry is open to everyone aged 18 and over from around the world.

The 2015 competition will have a new entry procedure. For the first stage of judging artists should submit a digital image of their work. The entrants who are successful in this round will then be invited to hand-deliver or courier their work to a judging venue in London for the final selection. More details will be announced when entry opens in November 2014.

2nd January:

The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Annual Exhibition

ADDRESS Mall Galleries, The Mall (near Trafalgar Square), London, SW1
Work must be submitted online. Artists must be over 18. Entry costs £10/£15 per work. “Paintings must be framed in a light coloured mount under glass.”

Works should not be larger than 2.4m along the longest dimension. The minimum price must be £450 (including a 45% commission). Prizes include £1,000.

2nd February:


Disabled artists and companies from England, Scotland or Wales with a strong track record in their artistic field to apply to create and present new work, across all art forms.

The work may still be at a very early stage of conception, or may have already undergone some research and development. It is expected that Unlimited commission awards will range between £20,000 – £80,000 depending on scale and ambition (for Wales-based artists this is capped at £60,000).


Mark Tanner Sculpture Award


The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award is the most significant award for emerging artists working in the field of sculpture in the UK: offering £8,000 in financial support towards the making of new work, plus a solo show at Standpoint Gallery.


Pastel Society

The Alfred Teddy Smith and Zsuzsi Roboz Award for £5000 will be awarded for the first time at the 2015 Annual Exhibition of The Pastel Society at the Mall Galleries.This new prize is to recognise Zsuzsi’s enormous contribution to draughtsmanship.

Awarded to a young artist, under the age of 35 years, for their traditional skills used in an original way. The Judges will be encouraged to award the Prize to the artist, submitting through open entry to the exhibition, who demonstrates a particular excellence in draughtsmanship. Pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, pencil, conte, sanguine or any dry media are all acceptable.


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