Top 15 UK Art Competitions to Enter in 2022

Top 15 UK Art Competitions to Enter in 2022

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1.  Game Artist of the Year Competition | Art Competitions »


Free to enter competition for game artists to win up to $1,000 of prizes.

Close:25th December 2021
Result:first week of January 2022
Prize:1st Prize: $730 of gaming gear (GTW 270 Blue Gaming EarbudsGSP 370 Wireless HeadsetNacon Revolution X Pro Xbox ControllerNacon MG-X Xbox controllerGioteck Nintendo Switch LiteGioteck AC-2)

2nd Prize: $195 of gear (Nacon MG-X Xbox controllerTrust Odyss GXT 881 KeyboardWX4 Switch Controller)
3rd Prize: $75 of gear (Trust Odyss GXT 881 KeyboardWX4 Nintendo Switch Wireless Controller)
About:“We want to see all sorts of game art, so there is no theme and we are open-minded about what we receive. It could be digital illustrations of classic game scenes, it could be creative re-imaginings of your favourite gaming characters, it could be pencil-drawn designs for a game you’re making or simply artwork inspired by a game.”

We want the competition to be as easy as possible to enter, that means your work does not need to be exclusive to our contest. It can be work you have submitted in other contests or published elsewhere. As long as we are allowed to publish it without it encroaching on someone else’s rights, you’re allowed to submit it.
Participation:UK and international artists (under 18s must submit permission from a parent or guardian)
Fees:Free to enter

2. The World Reimagined »

The World Reimagined

Bring to life the impact of the Transatlantic Slave Trade via large globe sculptures to be shown in UK cities in the Summer of 2022.

Close:31st December 2021 enter now!
Result:Shortlist January 2022
Prize:i) £1,500 commission

ii) £150 towards materials

iii) 10% of net profit raised by your Globe at auction (the remaining will go to charitable racial equity causes)

iv) Access to free studio spaces in each of our host cities

v) Profile enhancing media exposure
Show:10 globe sculptures will feature in trails in Birmingham, Leeds, London, Swansea, Bristol.
AboutPaint, photography, drawing, mosaic, sculpture and collage

The World Reimagined, at its core, is built on our belief in the transformative power of art: to inspire, to move and to open our imagination to new possibilities. And so the artists that create the Globe sculptures that form our trails are essential in helping people travel through this Journey of Discovery.

We are thrilled that some of the world’s best loved artists are creating designs for The World Reimagined. We hope that artists from all over the UK will take part in our Open Call to have their work featured in our trails.
ParticipateUK based visual artists
Fees:No Entry Fee | Free


The Derwent Art Prize

The Derwent Art Prize is a global art competition and exhibition. Open to artists from around the world, the Prize rewards excellence by showcasing the very best 2D & 3D artworks created in pencil or coloured pencil as well as water soluble, pastel, graphite and charcoal. 

Deadline for entryTuesday 4 January 2022 (5pm GMT)
Result:17 & 19 February 2022
Prize:A total prize fund of £12,500 will be awarded. Prizes are as follows:

i) First Prize  £4,000 plus a year’s supply of Derwent products**
ii) Young Artist First Prize (For artists under 25 years) £4,000 *
iii) Young Artist Second Prize (For artists under 25 years) £2,000
iv) People’s Choice Award £500

In addition, we are delighted to announce that all the First and Second prize winners will receive a special box of Derwent Lightfast Pencils. The revolutionary core is resistant to prolonged colour change ensuring artwork will not fade for up to 100 years under museum conditions.

*We will be announcing additional special awards for the Young Artist winner shortly.
** Up to a monthly value of £50 (including postage)
What2D & 3D artworks created in pencil or coloured pencil as well as water soluble, pastel, graphite and charcoal.
Show:Gallery@Oxo, London (24 Feb – 6 Mar 2022)
AboutDerwent, the internationally renowned fine art brand, are proud to announce that the sixth instalment of the Derwent Art Prize is now open for entries!

The Derwent Art Prize was conceived in 2012 and aims to reward excellence by showcasing the very best artworks created in pencil by artists from around the world.
ParticipateUK & International artists (over 18)
Fees:£15 for first work ( £5 for each additional work ) (max 6)

4. AIR Gallery – Expanded Painting »

Calling all Artists: Expanded Painting

Deadline5 January 2022 midnight GMT
Selection12th January 2022.
Show:AIR Gallery, Altrincham (Feb – Mar 2022)
AboutAIR Gallery are seeking applications for our first open call of 2022 on the theme of ‘Expanded Painting.’ We’re particularly interested in painting cross-overs with other creative mediums and works that push the boundary of what painting is today. 
ParticipateUK & International artists
Fees:£5 per work (max 3)

5. Royal Watercolour Society »

An annual competition encouraging ‘innovation and experimentation in all water-based media’ for cash prizes and art materials.

Deadline10th January 2022
SelectionShortlist 31st January 2022
Prize:First Prize: £1000
Daler Rowney Art Materials Prize: £800 value (two watercolour art materials bundles to the value of £800)
Cass Art Solo Show Award: £800 value (solo exhibition in an Art Space at Cass Art)
RWS Award: £250
New Graduate Award: £250
Insight School of Art Prize: £250
Cotswold Mounts Prize: £125
Show:Bankside Gallery, London (4-20 March 2022)
What:Water-based media
AboutFormerly known as the Contemporary Watercolour Competition (among many other names during the exhibition’s 50+ year history), the RWS Open is the largest open-submission water-media exhibition in the world, attracting thousands of submissions nationally and internationally each year. Successful applicants in the early stages of their art career often consider exhibiting as a springboard to other successes such as forming relationships with collectors, gallerists and curators. Not forgetting to mention that many exhibitors go on to become successfully elected RWS Members.
The Society celebrates water media in all its forms including ink, acrylic, gouache, tempera…the list goes on. For 2022 the RWS would like to invite artists of all backgrounds, at any stage of their career to submit works on paper in any (and all) water-based-media. 
ParticipateUK & International artists
Fees:£15 per work, discounts for 3-6, £6 for students, free for members (max 6)

6. Royal Academy of Dance portrait competition »

The Royal Academy of Dance invites entries from artists from across the UK for our portrait competition, launched to celebrate the opening of our brand-new global headquarters in Spring 2022.

Deadline14 January 2022, 17:00 GMT
Selection24 January 2022
Prize:Winner: £4,000 (£4,000 commissioning fee, with an additional £1,000 for material costs, to create the final painting – which will hang prominently in the new building when launched next year)
What:Entrants are asked to submit a portrait proposal of founding RAD President and ballet pioneer Dame Adeline Genée. Sponsored by historic dance shoemakers Freed of London, the winner will be announced in January 2022 and will then receive a commissioning fee of £4,000, with an additional £1,000 for material costs, to create the final painting  – which will hang prominently in the new building when launched next year.

Artwork proposals submitted must be comprised of a traditional portrait format. Acceptable proposal media includes oil, acrylic and watercolour.

All works must take inspiration from Dame Adeline Genée to be considered for the competition.
AboutThe Royal Academy of Dance invites entries from artists from across the UK for our portrait competition, launched to celebrate the opening of our brand-new global headquarters in Spring 2022.
ParticipateAny artist over 16 may submit.
All artists must be based in the UK only.
Fees:The competition is free to enter

7. Professional Artist Award 2022 | By VAA »

The aim of the VAA Professional Artist Award has been created to promote the work of our Premium Member Artists, whilst helping them to gain momentum and grow their art business.

Deadline17th January 2022.
Prize:1st Prize of £1000 cash, Art Supplies, 121 coaching session on Artists’ Guide to Success, 1 x Momentum Programme to accelerate your career, 12 month Mentorship Programme. Online solo Exhibition & Lifetime membership to the VAA.
Show:Online solo exhibition for winner
What:Any media
AboutThe aim of the VAA Professional Artist Award has been created to promote the work of our Premium Member Artists, whilst helping them to gain momentum and grow their art business.
ParticipateUK and international artists
Fees:Free to premium members of the VAA (£9.99 a month)

8. New Emergence Art Prize »

Now in its second year as an international open competition, the Wales Contemporary / Cymru Gyfoes was developed

The New Emergence Art Prize 2021 offers a £1000 cash prize and a permanent feature in our online gallery. We want to help underrepresented artists to gain exposure and provide financial support. 

This is our fourth open call and during these difficult times we have decided to double the prize from £500 to £1000 for the overall winner.

Deadline17th January 2022
SelectionShortlist: 24th January 2022
Prize:1st Prize: £1,000 (and permanent website feature in online gallery)
What:Accepted media include but are not limited to: paintings, drawings, original prints, photography, sculptures, digitally produced artworks, mixed media constructions, video, sound, digital applications and installations.
AboutNew Emergence Art is a newly launched art platform intended to help showcase and support living artists around the world. We want to help under represented artists to gain exposure. 

As working artists ourselves, we have experienced the struggles of trying to obtain exposure and financial security during the early years of our careers. We want to empower talented emerging artists by providing a cash prize to enable practitioners to off set some the costs of materials, working or simply to encourage artists to keep pursuing their ambitions.By maintaining our anonymity for the time being we are looking to avoid taking any of the spotlight, as to ensure as much visibility as possible for the artists we work with.
ParticipateUK and international artists (over 18)
Fees:1 work: £12, 2 works: £17, 3 works: £20 (fees go towards the prize money and admin costs)

9. Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours »

Artists are invited to submit work for exhibition alongside members of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours at the RI 210th Exhibition 2022.

DeadlineFriday 28 January 2022, 12 noon
Prize:The Winsor & Newton Award: £3,000
The Winsor & Newton Product Prize: £1,000 worth of Winsor & Newton art materials

The Leathersellers’ Prize: £1,000 awarded
by The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers to an artist aged between 18 and 30 years old
The President’s Choice Award: An award of £750 for the most deserving work in the exhibition, donated by a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) and judged by the President of the RI, Rosa Sepple

The Anthony J Lester Art Critic Award: A certificate of commendation for an outstanding work chosen by the art critic and broadcaster Anthony J Lester

The Baohong Artists’ Watercolour Paper Prizes: Two prizes of £250 each, awarded to a member and non-member for excellence
The Cass Art Prize: A prize of £200 of art supplies from Cass Art, awarded to a work demonstrating the most innovative use of colour
The Chaoshan Watercolour Award: £250 awarded by Chinese artist, Professor Li Xiaocheng, for the best classically inspired watercolour
The Debra Manifold RI Memorial Award: Presented by the Linda Blackstone Gallery, an award for the most innovative work in the exhibition
The Dry Red Press Award: The winning work will be published as a greeting card in the Dry Red Press ‘Prize Winners’ range, with royalties from the sale of the cards going to the artist
The Escoda Barcelona Award: A set of Escoda’s finest brushes for an outstanding landscape painting
The Frank Herring Easel Award: An easel presented for an outstanding work in the exhibition by Frank Herring & Sons
The James Fletcher-Watson RI Memorial Award: £500 for the best use of watercolour in the exhibition
The John Purcell Paper Prize: Paper to the value of £100 awarded to a work chosen by John Purcell
The Megan Fitzoliver Brush Award: A trophy, named The Pipe Fish, awarded for a work that most inspires a connection with the natural world
The Richard Plincke RI Prize for Colour: An award of £250 for creative use of colour
The Schmincke Prize: A Horadam Aquarell Artists’ Watercolours set to an outstanding exhibitor.
What: Watercolour or water-soluble mediums including watercolour, acrylic, ink or gouache (excluding water-soluble oils) painted on paper or paper based support.
AboutThe RI welcomes watercolour or water-soluble mediums including watercolour, acrylic, ink or gouache (excluding water-soluble oils) painted on paper or paper-based support.
The exhibition offers the opportunity to win prizes and awards, worth over £7,500, and to have your work seen by thousands of visitors including buyers and collectors (see ‘Prizes & Awards’ below).
ParticipateUK and international artists (over 18)
Fees:£18 per work, £12 if under 35 (max 3)


This year’s Drawing of the Year competition is brought to you in Partnership with Enscape. Our aim has always been to host an accessible-to-all competition that celebrates the very best talents. For 2021 we are excited to be able to offer free entry to students and greatly reduced fee for professionals, at just £5 per drawing for early entry. 

The competition is by no means limited to architecture! We encourage people from any and all creative industries, of any experience, to enter. We’re simply looking for the very best imagery that brilliantly communicates its subjects, in any medium or style so what are you waiting for? Enter below!

Deadline31st Jan 2022
Selection Feb 2022 – Judging | Result Announced – March 2022
Prize:All submissions will automatically be entered into all four awards:
Drawing of the Year
Architectural Award
Narrative Award
Environmental Award
All submissions that were created using Enscape software will also be considered for the Enscape Commendation
AboutArchisource presents the Drawing of the Year 2021, our third annual, international competition – now completely free for students! With over £10,000 GBP ($13,500 USD) worth of prizes to be won across four categories. The Drawing of the Year celebrates the very best, outstanding drawings created around the world each year, showcasing the different types, styles and functions of a drawing.
ParticipateUK & International artists (16 and over)
Fees:free for students ( with valid student ID )
Entry for professionals
1st Dec – 31st Dec 2021 (Early Entry): £5 per drawing
1st Jan – 31st Jan 2022: £10 per drawing

11. THE JOHN BYRNE AWARD 2021-22 »

Scotland’s online creative competition.

Close:January 2022
Result:Shortlist Announced February 2022
Prize:Annual Prize: £7,500 (quarterly entries are automatically entered for annual award in January)
Quarterly Prize: £500 (quarterly prizes of £500 in April, July, and October)
About:The John Byrne Award champions creativity and curiosity.
Rapid changes to our society and technology pose pressing ethical and moral questions. We hope that the creative entries on our platform start conversations that change attitudes and behaviours for the better.
We accept any creative work, 365 days a year, from everyone over 16 years olds living or studying in Scotland. All our creative entries question values. We award annual and quarterly prizes to the most reasoned, constructive, and compelling entries. All entries are exhibited in The John Byrne Award online gallery.
The John Byrne Award is a project of The Iris Initiative, Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, SC 043568.
Theme:Encourage the questioning and development of values appropriate to our modern age.
Medium:All disciplines from visual art to written work, film & musical composition.
Participation:Scottish based artists (over 16)
Fees:The competition is completely free to enter.


The Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture is a Registered Scottish Charity which is self-financing. We do not receive any subsidy from the local authority or the Scottish Government. Any profits are re-channelled into our work supporting the breadth of artists and emerging architects across Scotland. We achieve this through our awards, residencies and exhibitions programmes. Our Fine Art Collections are Recognised as being of National Significance by the Scottish Government – as awarded by Museums Galleries Scotland.

Close:Sunday 6 February 2022 at 5pm
Result:Wednesday 9 March 2022, from midday
Prize:Highland Society of London Award: £500 (TBA)
SABA Award: £300 (TBA)
Scottish Gallery Awards: £250 (TBA)
And several other prizes based on 2020 awards
Show:Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (23 Apr – 12 Jun 2022)
AboutThe RSA Annual Exhibition is the most extensive exhibition of contemporary art and architecture in Scotland. Having been a mainstay of the academy’s calendar since its inception 196 years ago, the Annual Exhibition has evolved over the years, showcasing Scottish art alongside invited international artists, often including topical or political elements, to give an uncensored, independent voice to artists on issues that matter to them.

After the success of its re-introduction in 2019, the Open Art element will return once again in 2022 as a vital component of the RSA Annual Exhibition. Online submission is now open for the 2022 exhibition for works of any scale and in any fine art medium. Please read the information opposite for full regulations and details on how to apply.

While we are excited to be returning to a physical exhibition this year, we want to build on the successes of the online experience forced upon us during Covid-19, which enabled more works to be selected and extended the ways for audiences to discover and engage with artworks through the digital experience.
ParticipateUK & International artists (able to drop off chosen work in Edinburgh)
Fees:£20 per work, £10 students (max 2)

13. Portrait Artist of the Year Series 9 »

Deadline for entry11 FEBRUARY 2022.
Prize:First Prize Commission: £10,000 (plus £500 art materials from Cass Art)
WhatAny material excluding photography, video, sculpture and digital media.
AboutThis is a televised competition. Artists enter with a self-portrait created within the last 5 years. They are selected on merit by our panel of expert judges. At the heats they are given four hours to paint a surprise celebrity sitter. Eight heat winners get to compete at the Semi-Final. Three Semi-Finalists are selected for the Final. Just one Finalist is selected as the overall winner.

Filming of Portrait Artist of the Year is planned to take place at Battersea Arts Centre in March and April 2022.
ParticipateUK Residents  (for at least a year, over 16)
Fees:No Entry Fee (1 maximum)

14.  World Illustration Awards 2022 »

The World Illustration Awards showcase the great work being made by illustrators all over the world today.

Deadline14th February 2022
SelectionLonglist: May, Shortlist: September
Prize:First Prize: £2,000 (plus two-page marketing package in the Directory of Illustration)
New Talent Winner: £1,000
Show:Any medium.
AboutThis year we will be celebrating great illustration from across the globe, with an emphasis on supporting and connecting illustrators with each other and the industry.
ParticipateCurrent student, recent graduate or professional illustrator based anywhere in the world (over 18)
Fees:£29 for one entry (up to 5 images for £49)

15. BBA Artist Prize 2022 »

Kicking open doors for artists – one Artist Prize at a time. This is an international call, open to all media, all ages above 18, all genders, all career paths, stages and all educational backgrounds.

Deadline28th February 2022
SelectionEarly bird deadline: Monday, 17 January 2022. ShortNews: By end of March 2022.
Prize:First Prize: €1,000 (Solo show at BBA Gallery in 2023)
Second Prize: €750 (Artsy profile + online solo show)
Third Prize: €500 (Artsy profile + online solo show)
Audience Award: €500 (Artsy profile + online solo show)
Show:BBA Gallery, Berlin (20 shortlisted artists selected for group show in April 2022)
What:Any medium including sculpture and original prints.
AboutBBA Gallery is proud to provide a stage for emerging artists and hidden talents of all ages and career stages with the BBA Artist Prize 2022. For the 7th consecutive year, we put all our passion and expertise into scouting promising talents and giving them and their work access to a broad public. Why? Because we believe that all artists deserve the opportunity to be seen and recognised (and some even awarded) for their artistry – No matter what their discipline, where they are from or who they know.

To ensure a high standard and an unbiased evaluation, a jury of experts will determine which applicants get featured as part of the longlist, whose works will be on show at the Berlin group exhibition of the shortlist in May 2022 and which artists ultimately get awarded with 1 of the 4 prizes.
ParticipateThis is an international call, open to all media, all ages above 18, all genders, all career paths, stages and all educational backgrounds.
Fees:€29 before 18th Jan, €39 thereafter (max 5 artworks)

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Darlington | Derby | Derry (Londonderry) | Dewsbury | Doncaster | Dudley | Dundee | Dunfermline | Durham

E & F
Eastbourne | East Kilbride | Eastleigh | Edinburgh | Ellesmere Port | Esher | Ewell | Exeter | Farnborough | Filton | Folkestone

Gateshead | Gillingham | Glasgow | Gloucester | Gosport | Gravesend | Grays | Grimsby | Guildford

H & I

Halesowen | Halifax | Hamilton | Harlow | Harrogate | Hartlepool | Hastings | Hemel Hempstead | Hereford | High Wycombe | Hinckley | Horsham | Huddersfield

K & L

Keighley | Kettering | Kidderminster | Kingston upon Hull (Hull) | Kingswinford | Kirkcaldy
Lancaster | Leeds | Leicester | Lincoln | Lisburn | Littlehampton | Liverpool | Livingston | London | Loughborough | Lowestoft | Luton


Macclesfield | Maidenhead | Maidstone | Manchester | Mansfield | Margate | Middlesbrough | Milton Keynes

N & O

Neath | Newcastle (Newcastle upon Tyne) | Newcastle-under-Lyme | Newport | Newtownabbey | Northampton | Norwich | Nottingham | Nuneaton | Oldham | Oxford

P & R

Paignton | Paisley | Peterborough | Plymouth | Poole | Portsmouth | Preston | Rayleigh | Reading | Redditch | Rochdale | Rochester | Rotherham | Royal Leamington Spa | Royal Tunbridge Wells | Rugby | Runcorn

S &T

Sale | Salford | Scarborough | Scunthorpe | Sheffield | Shoreham-by-Sea | Shrewsbury | Sittingbourne | Slough | Smethwick | Solihull | Southampton | Southend-on-Sea | Southport | South Shields | Stafford | St Albans | Stevenage | St Helens | Stockport | Stockton-on-Tees | Stoke-on-Trent | Stourbridge | Sunderland | Sutton Coldfield | Swadlincote | Swansea | Swindon
Tamworth | Taunton | Telford | Torquay | Tynemouth

W &Y

Wakefield | Wallasey | Walsall | Walton-on-Thames | Warrington | Washington | Watford | Wellingborough | Welwyn Garden City | West Bridgford | West Bromwich | Weston-super-Mare | Weymouth | Widnes | Wigan | Willenhall | Woking | Wolverhampton | Worcester | Worthing | Wrexham

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