The awards benefit artists at a crucial, early stage in their careers: from providing much-needed art materials with which to create new work, sums for studio costs or other outgoings, to a boost of visibility, acclaim and esteem on a national platform.
The winner of the Hermione Hammond Drawing Award at the New English Art Club Annual Exhibition 2021, Zuzanna Salamon, wrote about winning the £2,000 prize: "After winning the award I received lots of messages from people who saw my work, it was amazing to know that people felt a connection with it. It proved to me that there is a future in what I love to do. So often, young people that choose an art path hear that being an artist is not a real profession, but having the opportunity to be part of such esteemed exhibitions proves this isn’t true."
With her prize money, Zuzanna was able to fund online art courses and invest in new materials. She says, "for a young artist like me, it’s an amazing adventure to exhibit among so many well-established and well-known artists, and the Mall Galleries is one of the few places that offers this experience. Their call for entries are great for young and emerging artists, as they don’t look at CVs but focus on the meaning and quality of the work."
Other awards for young artists include:
The de Laszlo Foundation Award (Royal Society of Portrait Painters)
£3,000 plus a Silver Medal for the most outstanding portrait by an artist aged 35 years or under
The Milner Prize for an Emerging Artist (New English Art Club)
The Pastel Society Young Artist Award (Pastel Society)
Unison Young Artist Award (Pastel Society)
Pastels up to £500 for the year plus mentorship for 1 year by Tricia Taylor
The de Laszlo Foundation Prize (Royal Society of British Artists)
The de Laszlo Medal for Excellence and £1,500 will be awarded for the best artwork from life by an artist aged 35 or under
The John Lynn Commemorative Award for a Young Artist (Royal Society of British Artists)
The Leathersellers’ Prize (Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours)
£1,000 awarded by The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers to an artist aged between 18 and 30
The RI Platinum Award (Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours)
£700 to a young artist
The RSMA New Generation Award (Royal Society of Marine Artists)
Awarded by the Royal Society of Marine Artists, the successful artist will receive £250. Open to all artists aged 35 or under at the time of submission.
The Phyllis Roberts Award (Royal Institute of Oil Painters)
£2,000 for an artist aged 30 or under
The ROI Emerging Artist Prize (Royal Institute of Oil Painters)
A prize of £250 and the opportunity to spend a day with one of the Institute’s members, for an artist aged 30 or under at the time of submission
Winsor & Newton Young Artist Award: First Prize (Royal Institute of Oil Painters)
£1,000 Winsor & Newton Fine Art Materials for an artist aged 30 or under
Winsor & Newton Young Artist Award: Second Prize (Royal Institute of Oil Painters)
£600 Winsor & Newton Fine Art Materials
Winsor & Newton Young Artist Award: Third Prize (Royal Institute of Oil Painters)
£400 Winsor & Newton Fine Art Materials
The Hermione Hammond Drawing Award (New English Art Club)
£2,000 for a drawing by an emerging artist aged 35 or under
For more information about these awards, please see our Open Calls