Info for Artists


First Prize: £15,000

5 Runner-Up Prizes each at: £1,500

Young Artist Award: £2,500
(For an artist who is 25 years of age)

Brian Botting Prize for Works of the Human Figure*: £5,000
(For an artist who is 30 years of age or under)

*Brian Botting, Master of the Painter-Stainers’ Company from 2003-04, has kindly bequeathed a £5,000 annual prize to be awarded to an artist aged 30 or under for an outstanding representation of the human figure.

Rules of the Prize

The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize is open to living artists over the age of 18, who are resident in the British Isles. Only original, two-dimensional works in any painting or drawing media, that have been completed in the last three years, and that have not been previously exhibited, are eligible. All works must be for sale, except commissioned portraits. The judges’ decision will be final and binding.

Entries will not be accepted from members of the Charity and Education Committee of the Painter-Stainers’ Company.

Conditions of Entry

Artists may submit digital images of up to four works. Works of art submitted must not exceed 60 inches (152 cms) in their largest dimension including frame.

Entry Fee

The standard entry fee is £15 per work and student entry fee is  £8 payable at the time of entry.

Sale of Works

All works must be for sale, except for commissioned portraits. Works not for sale must be labelled NFS and marked NFS on the Entry Form. If not, Parker Harris Partnership is authorised to offer them for sale. Commission of 40% + VAT will be levied on works sold during or as a result of the exhibition, or by means of this website. Title and risk will pass on payment by and collection by or delivery to the buyer.

Reproduction of Images

Those artists whose works are selected for exhibition accept and agree that all works in the exhibition may be photographed and/or reproduced for the catalogue, press, publicity, promotion and advertising of the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, including on its website.

How to Enter

Before entering, artists must read the Rules & Guidelines.

Artists can initially submit up to 4 works through an online entry process.

Entry Process

The panel of judges will review all entries from the digital submission process. Artists will be notified their decision and approximately 200 artists will then be invited to deliver their actual works to the Federation of British Artists (FBA), 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD, for the final judging. Only works shortlisted from the initial digital submission will be received for final judging. These works will only be accepted at the submission point with fully completed entry forms and labels, which will be emailed to artists following the initial judging. Please note that notification of all results will be sent by email only.

Shortlisted Work

Works on paper must be framed. Metal, plastic or clip frames will not be allowed. It is suggested that canvases in excess of 36 inches square should have adequate cross-bearers to avoid damage. There should be no projections from the back of the frames. Please tape down any wires or rings on the back of the frames.

All works shortlisted for the final selection must be labelled with the artist’s name, address, title of work and, if for sale, the price. Works submitted must be available for exhibition.

The risk of damage or loss, however caused, is the responsibility of the artist, who is therefore advised to arrange adequate insurance cover. The provisions of this call for entries may be waived or varied by the Prize Organisers in their sole discretion.

Key Dates

  • 16 December 2015  Deadline for online entries, by 5pm (GMT)
  • 8 January 2016 Results of initial judging emailed to artists by this date
  • 16 January 2016 Shortlisted artists submit works to FBA 10am-5pm
  • 19 January 2016 Results of final round judging emailed to artists by this date
  • 22 January 2016 Unaccepted works available for collection at the FBA, 10am-5pm
  • 7 March 2016 Private View and Prize Giving
  • 7 – 13 March 2016 Exhibition at Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1
  • 25 June – 17 July 2016 Guildford House Gallery,155 High Street, Guildford GU1 3AJ