Saskia Boelsums, Lemon, 2013 - Runner-Up 2014

Answers to commonly asked questions…

Q. What is the concept of Young Masters?

A. Young Masters encourages contemporary artists to look back to the art of the past and art history to inspire their work, whether through technique, concept, themes or medium.

We’re looking for artists who show originality, skill and imagination in response to the art of the past. You can interpret this as widely as you like. You have the chance to explain your interpretation in your artist statement.

Q. How old do I have to be to enter?

A. The prize is open to artists over the age of 18. There is no upper age limit.

Q. Do I have to be from the UK?

A. Artists can be from anywhere in the world.

Q. Do I have to be a professional artist or have attended art school?

A. We accept applications from artists from any background.

Q. I have gallery representation, can I apply?

A. Yes, Young Masters has a long tradition of collaboration with galleries and agents. Please note, all works shortlisted should be available for sale by Young Masters.

Q. I work in ceramics, can I enter?

A. You can enter using the same process and you will be entered for the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize.

Q. How do I enter?

A. Entries are made by application form via the website, email or post.

Q. How do I enter the Emerging Woman Artist Prize?

A. All entries by woman artists will be considered for this Prize alongside the Art and Ceramics Prizes. You do not need to enter twice.

Q. What does my application need to include?

A. We ask for a short artist statement, CV and images of your work.

Q. What is the deadline for applications?

A. The deadline is midnight, 31 March 2017.

Q. How much does it cost to enter?

A. The fee of £30.00 + VAT paid via paypal allows you to submit up to six images. The administration fee is used for the sole purpose of running the Prize.

Q. What are the prizes?

A. The prizes are as follows:


• A Winner’s Prize of £2,000
• Two Highly Commended Awards of £500, courtesy the Artists’ Collecting Society (ACS)
• A new, Be Smart About Art Award of mentoring and professional development, worth £500


Prizes, generously given by James and Maylis Grand, include:

  • A Winner’s Prize of £1,500
  • A Highly Commended Award of £500


Prize made possible by a generous, anonymous donor:

 A Winner’s Prize of £1,000

Winning artists will also have the opportunity to exhibiting as part of the international Young Masters Tour 2017 / 2018.

All Prize amounts are in British Pounds Sterling.

Q. What are the dates of the Young Masters Art Prize 2017 exhibitions?

A. All shortlisted artists will be included in the exhibition at Gallery 8 (18 – 24 June 2017).

Q. I have a question – is there someone I can contact?

A. Please contact if you have any questions regarding the Prize.