Juergen Wolf, Untitled, 2014 (detail) - Winner 2014

The Young Masters Art Prize, an International prize celebrating emerging and established contemporary artists who pay homage to the skill and innovation of the Old Masters and art of the past.

Applications are invited until 31 March 2017.

In 2014, a second strand of the Prize was launched – the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize – to give a separate platform for ceramics and reflect the creativity, innovation of this artistic medium. Applicants for the Ceramics Prize must show exceptional command of the medium of ceramics and an awareness of the heritage of ceramic craft.

A judging panel, including art historian Godfrey Barker (Chair), Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts, Charles Saumarez Smith, art market columnist for the Financial Times and Editor at Large for The Art Newspaper, Melanie Gerlis, writer and filmmaker Hannah Rothschild, Professor of Contemporary Art and Photography at University for the Creative Arts, Jean Wainwright, and previous curator of Young Masters Art Prize LLP Daisy McMullan will award three prizes: an overall prize of £2,000 and two Highly Commended Prizes of £500 each courtesy of the Artists’ Collecting Society (ACS). A new ‘Be Smart About Art’ award of professional development and mentoring worth £500 will be inaugurated with this edition of the prize.

The Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize will be judged by a panel comprising the Crafts Council’s Daniella Wells, Janice Blackburn, Curator of Contemporary Arts and Crafts at Sotheby’s, ceramics patron Maylis Grand and collector Preston Fitzgerald.  A main Ceramics Prize of £1,500 and a Highly Commended Prize of £500 will be awarded.

The Young Masters shortlist will be announced in April 2017 and the winners will be revealed in June 2017 during the prize exhibition in St. James’s, London. The winners of the 2017 edition will be invited to exhibit their work worldwide as part of the Young Masters International Tour in 2017-2018.

Young Masters is delighted to invite artists working in any medium and from anywhere in the world to apply for both prizes, and we look forward to receiving your applications.  Good luck!