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Digital Subscriptions > The Artist > January 19 > The Artist guide open competitions & ExhibiTiONS 2019

The Artist guide open competitions & ExhibiTiONS 2019

A special guide to keep

PLEASE NOTE These listings are in chronological order according to the month in which the event will run. Submissions and handing-in dates are highlighted in blue

Nigel Whittaker One Minute to Midnight, oil, 30x23in (76x58.5cm), prize winner in the 2018 RBSA Prize Exhibition


The Harley Open

Details: biennial competition open to professional and amateur artists working in any medium. Prizes include The harley Prize, £1,000; the Storycatcher’s Prize, £250 plus The People’s Prize.

Exhibition dates: January 19 to march 24 at The harley Gallery, Welbeck, Sherwood Forest.

Submissions deadline: January 2 to 6.

Contact: more information and entry forms available from

World Illustration Awards 2019

Venue: Somerset house, London.

Details: Entries invited from illustrators working in any medium, context or geographical location. Work can be entered into one of eight categories, either as a New Talent or Professional.

Exhibition dates: tbc, followed by UK tour for 12 months.

Submission deadline: January 31.

Contact: Enter online at: awards • +44 020 7759 1012


The Merrion Plinth

Details: New biennial contemporary art prize, granting €5,000 to the winning artist chosen through open submission to create a new work to be displayed for two years in the Garden Foyer of The merrion hotel, Dublin, ireland.

Submissions deadline: February 8.

Contact: Email:; • 353 1 603 0600

Natural World Art Society Summer Exhibition of Wildlife Art

Venue: Natural World Gallery, banham Zoo, banham, Norfolk NR16 2hE • 07999 785155

Details: NWAS will be holding a series of exhibitions of wildlife and animal art at the Natural World Gallery at banham Zoo and at other venues in East Anglia. Dates to be confirmed. Submission forms and information available early in 2019 from:

Exhibition dates: Various dates throughout the year, tba.

Submissions deadline: tba.

Handing-in dates: tba.

Contact: Email: • 07999 785155


St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery Open Exhibition 2019

Venue: St barbe museum and Art Gallery, New Street, Lymington, hampshire SO41 9bh. • 01590 676969

Details: Now in its 19th year, anyone can enter up to two works of art, including sculpture on any theme. Prizes include £300 for the best contemporary work, and the People’s choice award of £300. Entry will be online

Exhibition dates: march 22 to June 2.

Submissions deadline: February 24.

Handing-in days: march 14 and 15.

Contact: St barbe museum and Art Gallery, as above,

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists’(RBSA) Open All Media Exhibition

Venue: Royal birmingham Society of Artists’Gallery, 4 brook Street, St Paul’s, birmingham b3 1SA. • 0121 236 4353

Details: Artists working in all media may enter up to three 2D or six 3D works. Entry fees are £13 per 2D work or £13 per two 3D works; digital submissions in the first instance. Please conusult the application pack for full details.

Exhibition dates: march 14 to April 13.

Submissions deadline: January 30.

Handing-in day: march 10.

Contact: Download application packs from or send sae to RbSA Gallery, 4 brook Street, St. Paul’s, birmingham b3 1SA.

Royal Watercolour Society Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2019

Venue: bankside Gallery, Thames Riverside, 48 hopton Street, London SE1 9Jh. • 020 7928 7521

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About The Artist

Welcome to the first issue of 2019 to inspire and inform your artistic development, including all the information you will need to plan your entries to the best open competitions throughout the year in our extensive 5-page guide. We also see the start of two new series, by Ruth Buchanan on how to draw and paint animals with confidence, and Mark David Hatwood on all aspects of marketing and how to make money from your artwork. There are practical articles and demonstrations showing you how to adapt your painting techniques for coloured pencil work, with amazing results, how to paint a self-portrait as well as a stunning faded rose, both in watercolour, and how to make your watercolours more dynamic by using watercolour grounds. Our top artist contributors also share their expertise on best practice for working on the spot, how to plan a complex composition, paint your first realist still life in acrylic, use your sketchbooks to work out your ideas, how to paint successfully from your photos and which colours to mix in oils to achieve a sense of space in your landscapes. With all this and much more, there's plenty to keep you drawing and painting over the festive period. Enjoy!