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Emerge Art Prize

Who can take part?

The Emerge Art Prize is open to any artist residing in the UK, at an early stage of their career. From painting to printmaking, drawing to installation art—if you create art, this is the open call for you.

If you work in another creative discipline, check out the other Emerge prize categories to find the one that’s most applicable to you.
Why should I submit?
Emerge aims to promote artistic diversity by celebrating the most talented budding creatives of all backgrounds, in every location across the UK. That includes you! Let’s join forces and remind the world that the UK’s creativity is best in class, worth supporting and open for business.
The 15 shortlisted artists will have their work seen by leading industry judges, who will then select the top 3 finalists, including the overall winner.
It’s free to submit and if selected as a finalist, you’ll be invited to join us for the Emerge Awards ceremony in May 2018 (details to follow).
How to apply
Upload images of your best piece/project (you can include up to six images per submission). Please describe the project within the submission.
You can also embed audio and video files—Zealous supports Vimeo, YouTube and Soundcloud. Any video files should be less than 10 minutes.
You may submit password protected videos. Please ensure you include the password in the application form.
You’ll be asked to include an artist statement (<500 words) as part of the application form.
You can submit up to three times.
  • The judges will be able to see your complete Zealous portfolio, so keep it updated (find out more). The better your profile, the easier it is for our judges to make an informed decision.
  • Remember to upload images of the best possible quality. The judges will want to see the very best of what you have to offer, so make sure you (or a friend) take some good quality photos that do your work justice.
Terms and Conditions
All submissions must be original works.
For more information about submitting, check out our Help page. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to email us at
Deadline is 19 March 2018

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