Background and context
Three unique organisations are collaborating to provide a significant platform and stepping stone for new artists. Now in its second iteration, The Robert Walters Group UK New Artist of the Year Award in partnership with Saatchi Gallery will discover and champion exceptional artists who are representative of contemporary Britain.
From a free 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 who represent unique viewpoints and will help start new conversations in the UK art scene.
In 2019 the award posed the question, What is Contemporary Britain? and presented 10 exceptional artists from over 500 submissions. Finalists provided us with a selection of visual art work exploring the diasporic image, heritage and hybridity, to the everyday and domestic through their own uniquely personal and at times sensationalised existence.
In 2021 we are interested to understand Where do we go from here? Is there to be a ‘new normal’?
The 10 shortlisted artists’ work will be exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London for a VIP awards evening, as well as in a virtual gallery space, online for two months following the
- First Award: £10,000 cash prize. The winner’s work will be shown at the Robert Walters Group head office for a period of 12 months following the award
- Second Award: £5,000 cash prize
- People’s Choice Award: Decided by a public vote during the virtual exhibition 5th November – 10th December and announced on Monday 13th December The winner will have the opportunity to take part in one of UK New Artists’ international presentations.
To read more about the award, the criteria, eligibility and applying, go to the link below.
Submissions Close: 31 August 2021 at 23:59hrs