Entries open for The Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize

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The Holly Bush in Hampstead has sponsored an emerging artist competition for women for the third consecutive year, and entries are open for up-and-coming artists to submit their work.

The Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize aims to support, celebrate and enhance the careers of emerging female painters. It is open to women painters over the age of 18 who are living and working in the UK or the EU.

Entries are open until 3 August, and judges will select 21 artists to exhibit at Burgh House in Hampstead, London. The winning artist will be announced on 28 August during the private viewing and will receive a cheque for £1,500, a commission worth £1,000 from Fuller’s and a slot at the Flux Exhibition in London curated by Lisa Gray.

There are also runner-up prizes of £500 cash and £250 Cass Art vouchers.

The Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize

More about the award

The initiative was developed by Holly Bush Events Manager Martin Seymour, alongside Sue Ecclestone of Ecclestone Art, and this year the prize has received the endorsement and support of British actor Dame Emma Thompson [pictured below], who has given a financial boost to this year’s prize and has pledged to support the project in future years.

British actor Dame Emma Thompson

Sue Ecclestone of Ecclestone Art said: "This award aimed at emerging women artists is gaining traction. Supported by their pub company Fuller’s, The Holly Bush team have wholeheartedly thrown themselves behind their patronage for this initiative and with the added support of Emma Thompson the prize looks set to go from strength to strength".

The 2017 and 2018 winners of the prize have seen their careers take off with added exhibition exposure, commissions for their work and opportunities to expand their practice.

The Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize winner 2017

Rosso [above], winner of The Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize for 2017, said:

“I am very grateful to the Holly Bush for sponsoring this prize and to Ecclestone Art agency for pioneering an event which, quite apart from the financial aspect, has resulted in exhibiting opportunities and promotional support.”

Enter The Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize

Entries are accepted from 20 May to 3 August 2019. The entry fee is £15 for up to three works. Full entry details are available at Ecclestoneartagency.com.

View The Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize winner for 2018.