Thank you for submitting to The Columbia Threadneedle Prize: Figurative Art Today.

If your name and artwork is not listed, your work has not been accepted on this occasion.

Please Note: Unaccepted works must be collected on Saturday 28 November, 10am to 5pm.

Accepted Works

ALLEN, Thomas - What is Planted

ANSCOMB, Claire - Noel Carroll

ANTHONY, Edward - Ron Arad

ARUGA, Yuki - Severance

ASHURST, Paul - The Co.Op Rothko

BALL, Sarah - Immigrant III

BEALING, Nicola - Trannack Misfits

BEDEMAN, Oliver - Tom Bedeman

BENTLEY, Jon - The Gardens of Zoological Mutations

BERRIDGE, Jackie - Nine Lives (VI) Martha's Late December Infusions

BOULT, Alison - From The Balfron

BOWERS, Maria - Justice

BOWERS, Maria - Lily

BOWMAN, Day - Road Trip 1

BROOKS, Rupert - Intersection

BROOM, Orlanda - Python Grass

BU, Mad - Regeneration Carnival

CASEY, Dorcas - Ram Head

CHAMBERLAIN, Lewis - Play Horse

CHAMBERLAIN, Lewis - To Mark An Occasion

CLAYTON, Tomas - Apres La Guerre

CLAYTON, Tomas - Chere Capucine

CLOSSICK, Peter - Summer Solstice

CORY, Charlotte - The Ancestral Teapot

DAI, Saied - Mirror

DELMAIRE, Helene - Untitled

DORAN, Thomas - Borehamwood Invaded

DOUBLEDAY, John - Between Waking and Sleeping

ELLIOTT, Alison - Betty Boop

ELLIS, Gillian - Only The Curious Have Something To Find

ENFIELD, Elisha - 12-20-11

EVANS, Pauline - Loving Friends I

FOROOZANFAR, Maryam - Robert

GALLAGHER, Christine - Flown

GIFFARD, Fran - A Gift From Paradise

GOFFE, Tim - Abandoned Caravan

GROPPI, Carla - After Atget (95) Untitled (Nude Man)

HAMILTON, Julia - Patti

HARNETT, Marie - Rush

HARPER, Rebecca - The Yes & The No Pile

HATTON, John Roger - Glencoe4

HAZELWOOD-HORNER, Lewis - Salt in Tea

HOGARTH, Delphine - New Landscape

HOLMES, Nicholas - Winston Field

HOPE, Grey - Flash Mob

HOPKINS HALL, Charlotte - Scott (D'Après Matisse)

JEFFERSON, Craig - Several Chairs and No People Except You

JOHNSON, Michael - Owl Consuming Its Sibling

KEMP, Gareth - A Germanic Landscape

KING, Steven - The Pilot

LEVI, Sophie - Lauderdale

LING, Zi - Tea

LLOYD-ELLIOTT, Helen - Study of her Hand

LOSQ, Juliette - Wandle

MARRA, Enzo - Frank Stella

MARTIN, Graham - Red Road 2015 II

MCDONNELL, Coll - David, Alex, Louis and Sebastian

MCGLASHAN, Barry - What Remains (After Hogarth)

MILLER, Melanie - "Empricism"

MOORE, Sally - Handmaidens

MURPHY-WOOLFORD, John - Conversations with Myself

NARANJO, J Carlos - El Mameluco (After the Battle)

NARBUTT, Sylwia - Power, 1

NATI, Barbara - Don't Forget Your History Nor Your Destiny

NEIL, Andy - Westland Skelly

O'BRIEN, Robert - Ched

OKAFOR, Kelvin - Jasmin's Interlude

OLIVER, Jay - Hut

PANCHAL, Shanti - Battersea

READ, Howard - The Lost Estate

READ, Stephen - Hut 21

READ, Stephen - Too Much Intelligence

REGAN, Paul - Tudor Park

ROSSBERG, Sara - Profiling

SELLARS, Margaret - Fiat Factory Now

SENOJ, Mit - Pensive

SEYMOUR, Sarah - Light at the Edge of the Storm

SIMS, John - Playing with Rubens III

SMITH, Laura - Shells

SMITH, Penelope - Stuart and Ukelele

SPAIN, Vincent - Journey North

STEELE, Elliot - Amanda

STEVENS, Nikki - Phoenix Rising

STOPPANI, Susan - Powerdog

THOMAS, Chris - Reflection Study 1

THOMAS, Chris - Sheep with their Lambs

TICHY, Tomas - Tabula Rasa - Selfie I

TOIT, Susanne du - Waiting for Rex

TOMLIN, Richard - Nice Shoes

TREGONING, Shelly - Hirsute Series, 1

WOODIWISS, Roger - Seaside

WRIGHT, Roy - The Leaves Cling and Grow Paler

ZANDBERGEN, Holly - The River Child

The Prize

Accepted works will be exhibited at Mall Galleries in the exhibition, The Columbia Threadneedle Prize: Figurative Art Today, from 3 to 20 February 2016. The overall winner of The Columbia Threadneedle Prize will receive £20,000 plus a solo exhibition in the Threadneedle Space at Mall Galleries.  Five shortlisted artists each receive £1,000.  The Visitors’ Choice Award, voted by visitors to the exhibition in London, is £10,000. Winning a major art prize represents a great achievement, however this chance to exhibit a wider body of work in your own exhibition in Central London represents a huge opportunity for your profile and reputation.

In an unprecedented exchange, many of the works selected for the Columbia Threadneedle Prize exhibition at Mall Galleries, London in February 2016 will be invited to go on tour to Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, the city’s largest temporary exhibition space, for a special four-week exhibition opening in July 2016.

Now there are two venues to exhibit and sell your work to the thousands of visitors who will attend both these popular venues.

The Selectors

This year’s international panel of selectors includes:

- David Dawson, artist and writer

- Arturo Galansino, Director General at Palazzo Strozzi

- Dr Tim Knox, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum

- Emma Crichton-Miller, Arts Journalist

- Lewis McNaught, Director of Mall Galleries

More information

For further information about the Prize, visit

How to submit

To make entering as easy as possible there are two ways to submit your work. Please ensure you submit using the correct route.


Register and upload images of your work to be viewed, in the first instance, online. If your work is pre-selected, it must be delivered, exhibition ready, to Mall Galleries on Saturday 21 November, 10am - 5pm, for presentation to our selectors for final selection.

- Upload images of work at between Monday 13 July and Friday 16 October 2015, 12 noon [Note: Images must be in JPEG format and under 1MB]

- Check on Friday 23 October, from 12 noon, to see if your work has been pre-selected

- If pre-selected, deliver your work on Saturday 21 November, 10am - 5pm, to Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD

- Check on Thursday 26 November, 12 noon, to see if your work has been accepted to the exhibition

- If unaccepted, collect your work from Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD on Saturday 28 November, 10am - 5pm


Our selectors will make their final selection for the Prize and exhibition based on the images you submit online. You will only need to deliver your work to Mall Galleries if it has been accepted for exhibition - saving you unnecessary transport costs and inconvenience. Note: If your work differs dramatically from the image submitted online, or arrives in a condition unfit for exhibition, we reserve the right to exclude your work from the exhibition.

- Upload images of work at between Monday 13 July and Friday 16 October 2015, 12 noon [Note: Images must be in JPEG format and under 1MB]

- Check on Thursday 26 November, 12 noon, to see if your work has been accepted to the exhibition

- If accepted, your work must de delivered to Mall Galleries prior to the exhibition installation on a date to be arranged with the Exhibition Administrators

Important Dates

Online submission opens: Monday 13 July 2015, 12 noon

Online submission closes: Friday 16 October, 12 noon

Pre-selection notification: Friday 23 October, 12 noon

Receiving Day (if pre-selected): Saturday 21 November, 10am - 5pm

Final acceptance notification: Thursday 26 November, 12 noon

Collection of unaccepted work: Saturday 28 November, 10am - 5pm

Exhibition open: Wednesday 3 February to Saturday 20 February, 10am - 5pm (closes 1pm on final day)


  • Artists of any nationality, aged 18 or over on 1 January 2015, presently living or working in the UK or Europe (except employees of the Federation of British Artists and Columbia Threadneedle Investments, and their agents), may submit. Previous prizewinners may also submit up to six works, but they are not eligible to win the same prize for a period of three years. Artists who are not resident in the UK but are resident in the EU are welcome to submit work. If your work is sold at the exhibition you have a responsibility to register and account for UK VAT with H.M. Revenue & Customs.
  • Acceptable media: Paintings, drawings, original prints, sculpture, mixed media constructions, small scale installations and reliefs. Works must have been completed after 1 January 2014; they must not have been exhibited in any other prize or competition in the UK or elsewhere. Diptychs/triptychs and works consisting of a number of elements must be photographed together as one image. If brought in for selection, diptychs and triptychs must be clearly labelled (e.g. 1 of 3).
  • You may enter a maximum of SIX works.
  • Submission fee: £15 per work (including VAT), which is non-refundable.
  • All works must be for sale, including the 45%+VAT commission (minimum price: £300, £120 for unframed prints). If you are registered for VAT, then the VAT due on the selling price of the work should be included in the price.
  • Works cannot be larger than 2.4 metres along the longest dimension.
  • Work need not be framed, however if pre-selected, all work must be received in exhibition ready condition (e.g. all canvases must be dry and mounted on stretchers or board).
  • Please do not attach any hanging devices to your work. We operate our own hanging system. All hooks, wires and other hanging devices must be removed prior to delivery to Mall Galleries and works should be unwrapped on arrival before being presented to our art handling team. Paintings should be completely dry at the time of delivery.

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The Columbia Threadneedle Prize is part of a broader partnership between Mall Galleries and Columbia Threadneedle Foundation, the charity of leading global asset manager Columbia Threadneedle Investments. The Foundation is committed to investing in the community through partnerships that create positive social impact, focusing on charities that use education, art and sport to engender lasting social change. Common threads in the Foundation’s programmes and charity partners include the ability to build skills and confidence, challenge perspectives and broaden horizons.

Columbia Threadneedle believes that a vibrant arts sector brings a wide range of social, cultural and economic benefits. For more than 10 years, Columbia Threadneedle has been a major supporter of the arts in the UK through partnerships that span visual arts, art as therapy and art-based education programmes for diverse groups and communities from London and around the UK.

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