view from firefly - tom voyce

Artist deadlines – May/June

#Maythefourth be with you this month and the next, as I combine both months for a creative mash-up of fresh opportunities. This time of the year is the perfect point in your creative calendar to enter and make it into a Summer show, where you can ensure you get the most exposure.

A couple of highlight shows I think you should try and enter this month (depending on your medium of choice). The first is the Derwent Art Prize, with its looming deadline on the 8 May. It’s a prize that is purely focused on pencil, which is a rare thing in the competition world. And with prizes totaling £12,500 you can’t really afford to miss this one as a graphite eccentric!

The second is the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, which is the largest watercolour competition in the UK. In its 31st year, it aims to reward and celebrate originality in the medium. So if you’re thinking you need to create a picturesque, traditional watercolour landscape, you’d be wrong. Be bold with water!

I will make it my mission to update this list when I see more visual art opportunities (as I hope to enter some myself)! Good luck!


GAMMA Young Artist Competition – 6 May

Summer Salon – Islington Arts Factory – 6 May

Derwent Art Prize – 8 May

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year – 11 May

The Richmond Magazine Competition – 17 May

Artrooms Art Fair London – 31 May

Secret Art Prize – 1 June

Lumen Prize – 1 June

Artsdepot Open Submission – 11 June

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize – 12 June

Sunny Art Prize – 20 June

The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition– 25 June

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize – 27 June

The ACS Studio Prize – 30 June


Banner image: ‘View from Firefly’ by Tom Voyce – Winner of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2017

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