Art competitions and prizes for painters, photographers, designers and other artists worldwide.

Fiona Lowry Wins the Archibald Prize 2014

2014 archibald prize winner

Sydney artist Fiona Lowry has won the 2014 Archibald prize with her portrait of the architect Penelope Seidler. She has been hung in the Archibald twice previously and won the Doug Moran Prize in 2008. I don’t dislike the painting, but it’s definitely not the painting I would have picked to win. Just look at the paintings I picked, none of them won. Michael Johnson won the Wynne prize and Andrew Sullivan won the Sulman. Continue Reading

RIBA Stirling Prize for British Architecture Announces 6 Finalists

zaha hadid aquatics center

Among the 6 shortlisted buildings for the 2014 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize for the best new buildings in Britain are the already famous Shard by Renzo Piano and the beautiful London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid. Other buildings include the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool by Haworth Tompkins, the Library of Birmingham by Mecanoo, the London School of Economics building by O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects, and the Manchester School of Art building by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. Here’s the 6 shortlisted buildings..Continue Reading

The 2014 Wynne, Sulman and Archibald Prizes in Australia

the archibald prize finalists

The Archibald Prize is probably the most well known art prize in Australia. The lamestream media will report on the portrait prize whether there’s a controversy or not, but selectors and judges will usually try to serve them up some controversy if at all possible. On at the same time as the Archibald is the Wynne prize for landscapes and the Sulman prize for genre/subject painting. It’s all a bit of a circus but it gets the regular tards talking about art, so it has to be a good thing ;-) Continue Reading

John Moores Painting Prize 2014 – Shortlisted Artists

john moores painting prize winners

Five artists have been shortlisted for the £25,000 British art competition, the John Moores Painting Prize. The 5 artists are Rae Hicks, Juliette Losq, Mandy Payne, Alessandro Raho and Rose Wylie. Past winners of the prestigious art award include David Hockney in 1967, Mary Martin in 1969, Peter Doig in 1993 and Sarah Pickstone in 2012. Out of the 5 paintings shortlisted I would go with the Rae Hicks work.Continue Reading

MINI Design and Photography Competition

mini space competition

MINI Space is accepting submissions for their “Open Road” competition. Designers and photographers are invited to explore the theme of the great open road. First prize is NOT a MINI unfortunately but there’s a few cool tech goodies up for grabs. First prize is an iMac 21.5” 2.7 GHz, second is a GoPro Hero3+ Camera, third is a B&O H6 Headphones, and the online popular vote prize is a Projector Keyboard. There’s just over 50 days left to get your entries in. Continue Reading

Meet Damien Hirst in London

damien hirst challenge qatar

The Damien Hirst Challenge is offering artists in Qatar the chance to win an all expenses trip to London, where you’ll then go to Damien Hirst’s studio in Gloucestershire and make a spin painting with the artist. To enter you have to submit an artwork that is based on Damien Hirst’s exploration of life and death. The competition is in connection to the Damien Hirst exhibition in Qatar, Relics at the Al Riwaq Doha.Continue Reading

Armed Robber Steals $150,000 Moran Art Prize

prisoner wins moran prize

Like my title? I should have a job writing headlines for newspapers. Shocking, catchy, truth stretcher, offensive, etc. But seriously, the Australian artist Nigel Milsom who is currently serving a 6 year prison sentence for armed robbery has won the $150,000 Moran portrait prize for his painting of Uncle Paddy.Continue Reading

The Blake Prize Finalists for 2013

toothed vagina

The finalists for the 62nd Blake Prize in Australia have been announced. It’s supposed to be a prize that explores religious and spiritual ideas in art but it’s probably more about who can be the most shocking and vulgar. Being the shit stirrers that a lot of artists are, it’s a great opportunity to share vaginas with teeth, boys masturbating each other and a whole bunch of other wanking good fun with a wider audience. Continue Reading

Moran Prizes in Australia

doug moran art competition

Entries close on the 25th of this month for the Moran prizes in Australia. It’s one of the more popular art competitions around with a total of $300,000 up for grabs. The prizes include the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes. Painter Ben Quilty will be one of the judges for the portrait prize, so I’m thinking if you do painterly paintings you probably should enter.Continue Reading

Chimpanzee Art Competition

monkey art contest

Thirty seven year old Brent has taken out first place in the Humane Society of the United States’ Chimpanzee Art Contest. Brent works out of Chimp Haven in Keithville, LA and has won $10,000 for his chimp sanctuary. The artist refuses to use hog hair brushes as he probably thinks pigs are pretty cool, so he only ever paints using his tongue. A chimp using his tongue to paint may sound strange but people have used stranger implements.Continue Reading