Now in its tenth year, the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize is an open competition, which encourages the very best creative representational painting and promotes the skill of draughtsmanship. Created in 2005 by The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers and The Lynn Foundation, the competition is one of the most prestigious awards for artists in the UK, this year offering a total prize money of £30,000.
The First Prize, which in 2014 was awarded to Catharine Davison for her painting, The Craggs at Dawn (from Carlton Hill) pictured, is worth a generous £15,000. The competition is popular with young contemporary painters; the Young Artist Award of £2,500 is a coveted prize that aims to promote the tradition of portrait painting and support fresh new talent. This year sees the introduction of the Brian Botting Prize for Figurative Drawing of £5,000 which will be awarded to an artist aged 30 or under for an outstanding drawing of the human figure. Five Runner Up Prizes of £1,500 each are also awarded.
The selection panel for the 2015 competition comprises: Angela Flowers, Founder, Flowers Gallery; Ken Howard OBE RA NEAC, artist; Brian Sewell, Art Critic; Ruth Stage, artist; and Andrew Wilton, Visiting Research Fellow at Tate Britain.
The competition is open to all UK based artists over the age of 18. Artists are invited to submit up to four works online at: www.lynnpainterstainersprize.org.uk. Entry is £20 per work, £8 per work for students. Approximately 100 works will be selected for an exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London, from 16-21 February 2015.
Deadline for entry: 8 December 2014, by 5pm
For further details and to enter online: www.lynnpainterstainersprize.org.uk