We’re excited to be once again supporting this excellent artist opportunity for another year running.

The Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize is awarded to artists that show significant potential, interesting ideas, a relevant message and skilful execution.

This year, despite the challenges caused by the pandemic, the prize continued to attract a large number of submissions, receiving over 3,850 entries from around the world.

This year’s winners include Pippa El-Kadhi Brown and her exploration of how we interact with space, Meg Shirayama’s geometric sculptures, Sine Zheng’s photography and James Hayes as the Ashurst Employee Choice. Steve Parker won the New Media award and will hopefully be exhibiting his work here at Rich Mix in 2021.



The 2021 Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize is accepting submissions until Sun 17 Jan 2021.

Open to artists anywhere in the world, entries are accepted in a wide range of media, including photography, sculpture and digital media.


There are over £10,000 of prizes and solo exhibitions for five artists.

All artists who enter before 29th November 2020 will be eligible for practical and individual feedback on their application to help support them in self representing their practice.

The Prize is complemented by professionally led talks providing practical guidance for artists, an extensive social media presence promoting all entrants.

All artists will receive a 20% discount voucher from Cass Art for art supplies, and 20% discount from Genesis Imaging for art services.

This year, the prize also partners with Sotheby’s Institute of Art to connect entrants with emerging art professionals to help the chosen artists grow their careers, and Made in Bed, a recently launched magazine run by Sotheby’s Institute of Art students and alumni which focuses on the art market and emerging artists.

Deadline: Sun 17th January 2021


This year’s judges are Melanie Lenz, curator at the V&A Museum, Dr David Anfam, author of the catalogue raisonné ‘Mark Rothko: The Works on Canvas’, Averil Curci, an art advisor and artist liaison at Kovet.Art, Howard Lewis, director of the Schorr Collection, Dr David Bellingham, Programme Director at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Josh McNorton, Culture Director of Wembley Park Arts, Quintain Ltd. Our guest judge for 2021 is Mark Wippell, an arts philanthropist and collector.

Visit the Ashurst Art Prize website for more information.

Featured image shows Steve Parker’s winning artwork, Ghost Box.