Exceptional: The Collyer Bristow Award

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Collyer Bristow Graduate Art Award to showcase emerging talent - now open for applications

Leading law firm Collyer Bristow is now inviting submissions from artists for the Collyer Bristow Graduate Art Award. The Collyer Bristow Gallery, the firm’s in-house art gallery, has now been championing emerging talent in contemporary art for twenty-five years, and have established relationships with three top London art Schools.

All students who graduated between 2015 and 2017 (BA/ MA/ Post Grad Diploma) from participating art schools- Goldsmiths, Middlesex and City & Guilds of London Art School are eligible to enter this biennial competition for exceptional artists.

Applicants have the chance to win a prize of £2000 and a staff prize alongside the opportunity to be selected for a curated group exhibition for four months at Collyer Bristow Gallery. This opportunity is aimed at supporting new graduate artists in the precarious initial years after graduation. The competition is free to enter as a reflection of our continued commitment to supporting artists.

Rosalind Davis, the Collyer Bristow Gallery’s independent curator and graduate of the RCA, comments: “It can be difficult for new graduates to find a platform for their work, but the Award creates an environment where support is made available to emerging artists in the precarious initial years after graduation. It brings their work to new audiences, raising their profiles and helping them to create new professional networks.”

The guest judges for 2018 are: Robert Priseman, (Priseman Seabrook Collection), Anna Bromwich (Curator and Consultant, The Mall Galleries), Martin Caiger-Smith (Head of MA in curating at the Courtauld Gallery), Rosalind Davis (Collyer Bristow Permanent Curator, artist and writer) and Steven Heffer (Head of the Gallery Committee and artist).

Emmanuelle Loiselle a graduate of City & Guilds of London Art School, received the Collyer Bristow Graduate Art Award 2017 of £2,000 from Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery; “I was so honoured! Many thanks to Collyer Bristow for supporting emerging artists, it is very rare to receive such a generous opportunity and this is such a fantastic platform to show my work!”

Iwona also highly commended artists Lorraine Fossi, Kate Lennard, and Graham Murtough.

Artists will need to submit works by Midnight on 28 March 2018.

Click here for the application form. Please email all completed forms to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The winner of the awards will be selected from the exhibition once installed and announced at the Preview on the 20 June at 7pm.

Click here to read the press release. 

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