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2020 SPE Annual Conference: Hosted by The University of Houston | Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts | School of Art

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Robert Walters Group UK Young Artist of the Year Award

In partnership with Saatchi Gallery

UK Young Artists   /   Deadline: 09/01/19

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First prize: £10,000
Second prize: £5000
10 Shortlisted artists will have their work exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery for a VIP awards evening.
The winner's work will be shown at the Robert Walters Group head office for a period of 12 months following the award and at an international presentation with UKYA in 2020.

Three unique organisations are collaborating to provide a significant platform and stepping stone for young artists. The new Robert Walters Group UK Young Artist of the Year Award in partnership with Saatchi Gallery will discover and champion exceptional artists who are representative of contemporary Britain.

From an open call across the UK we are seeking to discover 10 outstanding artists whose work demonstrates a strong and original voice, and is of exceptional artistic quality. We're looking for artists who represent the UK's richly diverse population, and embody the experiences of their community. Artists who create bold, unique pieces of art that reveal their own perspectives and experiences and whom represent unique viewpoints and will help start new conversations in the UK art scene.

Full brief:


UK-wide call for entries. Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London.


You must be aged between 18–30 (on or by Sunday 1st September 2019) and be allowed to work or study in the UK at the time of making this submission. If shortlisted, you must be available to be in London on Monday October 7th 2019. Artists should be working within the following fields:

Applied arts: ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery,
Digital Arts: Moving image, performance video, technological arts
Fine Arts: painting, printmaking, photography, installation, sculpture.


£10,000 first prize, plus the winner's work will be displayed at the Robert Walters Group Head office in Covent Garden for 12 months, and at an international presentation with UKYA in 2020.

£5000 second prize.

Evaluation Criteria

Selection Criteria
Judges will be looking for works which reflect the following:

Diversity of Experience, Diversity of Expression, Diversity of Thought, and who can demonstrate a strong and original voice with exceptional artistic quality and looking to open up new opportunities for their work using this exemplar platform.

Contact Information

Laura Evans
UK Young Artists, Room 121 Trent House, Clarendon Street

P: 7526974185

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