The Holly Bush Emerging Painter Prize 2018

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This Friday 4th May, entries open for The Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize 2018. I’m pleased to say that I have been selected as a judge for this year’s competition.

Twenty-one finalists will be chosen to appear at an exhibition at Burgh House, in Hampstead, this July. From these, one artist will be chosen to receive the £1000 first prize from the competition’s sponsor, The Holly Bush, a charming centuries-old pub in the heart of historic Hampstead, and a place to exhibit with the prestigious Flux Exhibition. The Cass Art runner up prize will be £250.

Supporting and celebrating female artists has always been an interest of mine, and this initiative is part of a wider ambition intended to do just that. The Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize is a part of the Women in Art project run by Sue Ecclestone and the Ecclestone Art Agency.


This project helps female artists in the early stages of their artistic careers, no matter what phase they are at in their life, and whatever the artistic level at which they are working. It hopes to celebrate the success and competence of women artists, while acknowledging the issues that women face in their careers and show how creative associations can have a useful and positive impact on their careers and lives more broadly.

These initiatives also aim to cultivate a positive view of women in art, that both looks back at what has been achieved to date and forward to what further accomplishments we can set our sights on. The Holly Bush Prize is aimed at artists seeking to extend their artistic practice and develop their careers beyond the studio.

An award will be given to a female painter who has demonstrated exceptional potential to become an established professional artist. That potential should be illustrated through their painting skills, their creativity and their ambition. The second prize is for another artist who demonstrates exceptional talent.

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The winner would be expected to demonstrate how they have used the prize money to further their artistic practice and their professional development. This may be in the form of producing a new body of work, exploring a new collaboration, expanding professional skills or a combination of these. 

Further details can be found on the Ecclestone Art Agency website.

Entry Terms & Conditions