Terms & Conditions

Please read the Help Page (particularly the Submission Guidelines) carefully before you make your submission. Also please take a look at Terms and Conditions FAQs before contacting us – the answer to your question may already be there. Good luck!
Deadline for entries: Midnight on Sunday 8 September

Artists of any age and nationality, presently living and working in the British Isles (except CBP artist members) may submit work (see FAQs below for further details).

All 12 shortlisted artists will receive a £100 exhibitor’s fee – this is to help with costs for transport and travel. The artists will arrange delivery and of their selected works to Huddersfield Art Gallery in October and collect the paintings from the Huddersfield Art Gallery in January, see FAQ & important dates below

Works that are for sale are subject to a 33% commission at Huddersfield Art Gallery. Works do not have to be for sale.

The copyright for all works exhibited in The Contemporary British Painting Prize Show 2019 will remain the property of the artist, but it is a condition of entry that the artist or their representatives agree that ‘Contemporary British Painting’ and ‘Huddersfield Art Gallery’ may reproduce any exhibited works, free of charge, for the purposes of marketing, promotion and education in direct connection with the ‘Contemporary British Painting Prize’, in all media worldwide including exhibition catalogue and subsequent publications, posters, prints, postcards, the Internet and within television programmes, and may license these specific, limited rights to others only for the same purposes.

‘Contemporary British Painting’ also reserves the right to reproduce selected images free of charge for purposes such as displaying information on previous exhibitions on the ‘Contemporary British Painting’ website, ‘@paintbritain’ Twitter and Instagram accounts and ‘Contemporary British Painting’ Facebook site indefinitely, as a public record. The processes of the competition may be filmed, and entering the competition constitutes agreement for a painting to be included in such filming, whether broadcast or not.

Work entered must be viewed by the judges as being a painting (a visual artwork produced using a paint medium such as oil, tempera, acrylic, emulsion, enamel or watercolour which once completed results in a physical object). Work need not be framed, however if selected, must be received in exhibition ready condition, (e.g. it must be dry, mounted on stretchers or board and ready to install). Works on paper shall only be accepted if glazed.


Q: I live and work in the UK but am not a British Citizen, may I still enter?

A: Yes, so long as your work was produced within the British Isles during or after the year 2016.

Q: I live and work in the Republic of Ireland, may I submit to the ‘Contemporary British Painting Prize’?

A: Yes, so long as you can deliver and collect it as outlined in Delivery and Collection of Works.

Q: I have never lived or worked in the British Isles, may I submit work to the ‘Contemporary British Painting Prize’?

A: No, the ‘Contemporary British Painting Prize’ is designed to promote painting which has been produced in the British Isles.

Q: I would like to apply for your competition but I am a student, am I allowed to apply or is it only graduates?

A: Yes, the competition is open to students as well. We make no distinction between students and graduates during the selection or judging process.

Q: Does the size of the works refer to the framed size for works on paper or should the size only refer to the size of the actual painted image?

A: Please put in the actual painted image size. However if the size when framed exceeds 220cm the work would no longer be eligible.

Q: I have sculpture which is painted, may I submit this?

A: No, we seek painting as defined in the Terms & Conditions.

Q: I am working in video, and have work which explores the nature of painting, may I submit this?

A: No, we seek painting as defined in the Terms & Conditions.

Q: Can I submit work that is not for sale / already purchased?

A: All five paintings submitted must be available for the full duration of the exhibition, in Huddersfield and London (mid November 2019 until mid January 2020). Work does not have to be for sale. If a painting is already in a private collection, the owner must have agreed to the loan of the work for the prize exhibition.

Q: When are artists notified of the selection results?

A: All applicants will receive an email by early October.

Q: When should shortlisted work be delivered to Huddersfield Art Gallery?

A: Selected artists please deliver work to Huddersfield Art Gallery:
Weekdays: 7, 8, 31 October or 1st November between 10am – 4 pm
Saturday: 9 October between 11am – 4pm

Q: When is the private view and prize announcement at Huddersfield Art Gallery?

A: Saturday 9 November 2 – 4pm

Q: When is the artists talk at Huddersfield Art Gallery?

A: Saturday 7 December 2 – 4pm

Q: When should I collect my work from Huddersfield Art Gallery?

A: Thursday 9, Friday 10, January 2020 between 10am – 4 pm and Saturday 11 January between 11am – 4pm TBC

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Please note some details may be subject to change.