Art Competitions 2021

Art competitions in the year 2021 are a little different to previous years because of the global Covid19 pandemic. Many companies and institutions are having art competitions online now. This has some advantages. There are no travel expenses, no hotel or food bills and no packing up and transporting of paintings. Wherever you are in the world, you can take part. Here are some of the many competitions you can take part in. If you feel that there are some interesting and worthwhile art competitions that are not on our list, please drop us a line.

Art Competition #1
Arte Laguna Prize 2021

Arte Laguna Prize, the world’s most influential competition for emerging artists and designers, showcases and promotes creative talents. With fourteen years of history the Arte Laguna Prize gives the opportunity to join the huge network of collaborations worldwide. The 120 finalist artists selected by the international jury will participate in the major collective exhibition which will take place in Venice, at the Arsenale Nord, from March 13th to April 5th 2021.

Medium
Oil paint, tempera, acrylic, ink, vinyl, watercolor, graphite, pencil, collage, aquatint, etching and prints of different kind on any support, such as canvas, paper, wood, plastics, iron, etc. The maximum size allowed is 175 cm per side.

Deadline
Last date to enter 27-11-2020
Exhibition of the finalist artists selected by the international jury, from 13th March to 5th April 2021.

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Art Competition #2
The Pastel Society 122nd Annual Exhibition 2021

Artists are invited to submit work for exhibition alongside members of The Pastel Society at their 122nd Annual Exhibition 2021. The Pastel Society seeks the best in contemporary dry media, combining traditional skills with creative originality for their annual exhibition. The exhibition offers several prizes and awards, open to all participating artists. It presents the opportunity to exhibit at a prestigious gallery in the heart of London alongside well-established artists and have your work seen by thousands of visitors, including buyers and collectors. To make the process of submitting and selecting work simpler and safer, the Society will select works for exhibition from online only this year. Any artist over 18 can enter.

Medium Pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, pencil, conte, sanguine, or any dry media.

 

Deadlines and important dates
enter your work between Monday 5 October and Friday 4 December 2020, 12 noon
Submissions open: Monday 5 October 2020, 12 noon
Submissions close: Friday 4 December, 12 noon
Selection notification: Friday 18 December, 12 noon
Receiving Days (if selected only): Saturday 16 January and Sunday 17 January 2021, 10am to 5pm
Exhibition open: Wednesday 27 January, 11am to 5pm (7pm on Thursdays)
Exhibition closes: Saturday 13 February, 5pm
Collection of unsold work: Thursday 18 February and Friday 19 February, 10am to 5pm

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Art Competition #3
Visual Art Open

The VAO art competition is currently running in its fifth consecutive year and is open to both amateur and professional artists. The primary goal of the awards is to reveal and establish artists’ profiles in the contemporary art world.

Medium
Painting & Mixed Media & Printmaking
Illustration & Drawing
Sculpture
Photography / Digital Art

Deadlines and important dates
Key Dates VAO21
1st October 2020 – Applications Open
15th December 2020 – Phase One Applications Close
8th January 2021 – Phase Two Applications Open
15th March 2021 – Phase Two Applications Close

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Art competition #4
International Artists Art Competition – People and Figures

If drawing and painting people and figures is your thing, then make sure to enter this competition. Artists from all over the globe can take part and win prizes.

Medium Open to any two-dimensional painting or drawing medium.
Deadline 13th of January 2021

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Art Competition #5
Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2022

Artists are invited to submit portraits in any media for consideration in the sixth triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. As with past editions, the competition seeks to broaden the definition of portraiture and highlight the genre’s relevance in society and contemporary art. Artworks may originate from direct encounters between the artist and the sitter or draw upon existing imagery or archival research in response to history. Artists are encouraged to think about portraiture’s potential to engage with the social and political landscape of our time. All artists entering must be of USA citizenship.

Medium
The competition welcomes all media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, textiles, video, performance, and digital or time-based art.

Deadline
All entries must be submitted electronically through the online submission site below, which opens October 5, 2020 at 9am EASTERN TIME (Washington, DC) and closes January 29, 2021, at 12 am midnight MOUNTAIN TIME (Denver, CO).

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Art Competitions #6
Wildlife Artist of the Year 2021

This competition raises money for global wildlife and is organized by the David Shepard Foundation. The competition is open to both professional and amateur artists aged 17 or over.

Medium Use any technique, medium or style, excluding photography and digitally produced artwork.
Deadline Monday 15th February 2021

 

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Art Competition #7
International Artists art competition – Wildlife

If drawing and painting wildlife is your thing, then make sure to enter this competition. Artists from all over the globe can take part and win prizes.

Medium Open to any two-dimensional painting or drawing medium.
Deadline March 10th 2021

 

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Art Competition #8
International Artists art competition – Landscape

Be sure to enter this art competition if you like drawing and painting landscapes. Artists from all over the world  can join in this competition.

Medium Open to any two-dimensional painting or drawing medium.
Deadline May 12th 2021

 

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Art Competition #9
International Artists art competition – Floral and Gardens

You may consider joining this competition if you like drawing and painting plants and flowers. Artists from anywhere in the world can join in.

Medium Open to any two-dimensional painting or drawing medium.
Deadline July 14th 2021

 

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Art Competition #10
International Artists art competition – Abstract / Experimental Art

If your forte is abstract or experimental painting this is a competition for you. So long as you keep your artwork two dimensional you can enter your work. You can win award certificates and editorial spreads in the American Art Collector magazine, or a years subscription to the International Artist Magazine. This competition is global and anyone can take part.

Medium Open to any two-dimensional painting or drawing medium.
Deadline September 8th 2021

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Art Competition #11
Royal Society of British Artists at their Annual Exhibition 2021

Artists are invited to submit work for this competition and exhibition alongside members of the Royal Society of British Artists at their Annual Exhibition 2021. As well as skill and draughtsmanship, they will be looking for originality and creativity. The exhibition presents the opportunity to exhibit your work at a prestigious London gallery alongside well-established artists and have your work seen by thousands of visitors, including buyers and collectors. To make the process of submitting and selecting work simpler and safer, the Society will select works for exhibition from online only this year. Selectors will make an assessment of each work based on the digital images supplied, following which selected artists will be asked to deliver their accepted work to Mall Galleries for exhibition. Any artist over 18 years old may submit art work.

Medium Any medium including sculpture and original prints

Deadlines and important dates
Submissions open: Monday 2 November 2020, 12 noon
Submissions close: Friday 8 January 2021, 12 noon
Selection notification: Friday 22 January, 12 noon
Receiving Days (if selected only): Saturday 20 February and Sunday 21 February, 10am to 5pm
Exhibition open: Thursday 4 March, 11am to 5pm
Exhibition closes: Saturday 20 March, 5pm
Collection of unsold work: Thursday 25 March and Friday 26 March, 10am to 5pm

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Art Competition #12
Royal Institiute of Painters in Water Colours at their 209th Exhibition 2021

Artists are invited to submit work for exhibition and competitions alongside members of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours at their 209th Exhibition 2021. Several prizes and awards are on offer and open to all participating artists. It presents the opportunity to exhibit at a prestigious gallery in the heart of London alongside well-established artists and have your work seen by thousands of visitors, including buyers and collectors. To make the process of submitting and selecting work simpler and safer, the Society will select works for exhibition from online only this year. Artists over 18 may submit artwork. Selectors will make an assessment of each work based on the digital images supplied, following which selected artists will be asked to deliver their accepted work to Mall Galleries for exhibition.

Medium Watercolour or water-soluble mediums including watercolour, acrylic, ink or gouache (excluding water-soluble oils) painted on paper or paper based support.

Deadlines and important dates
Submissions open: Monday 16 November 2020, 12 noon
Submissions close: Friday 5 February 2021, 12 noon
Selection notification: Friday 19 February, 12 noon
Receiving Days (if selected only): Saturday 13 March and Sunday 14 March, 10am to 5pm
Exhibition open: Thursday 1 April, 11am to 5pm (closed all day on Easter Sunday, 4 April)
Exhibition closes: Thursday 15 April, 5pm
Collection of unsold work: Thursday 22 April and Friday 23 April, 10am to 5pm

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Competition #13
Adelaide Perry Prize for drawing

The 2021 Adelaide Perry Prize for drawing is open. The Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing is a $25,000 acquisitive art award among the most significant of its kind in the Australia. Inaugurated in 2006, the Prize is generously supported by the Parents and Friends’ Association of PLC Sydney. Named in honour of respected painter, printmaker and draughtswoman, Miss Adelaide Elizabeth Perry  (1891-1973) who taught Visual Arts at PLC Sydney from 1930 to 1962, the Prize attracts submissions from around the country Australia.

Medium Drawing

Deadline
Adelaide Perry Gallery invites artists to submit works for the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2021, which will be awarded for the best drawing, by an Australian artist, completed within a period of 12 months prior to 13 January, 2021.

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Art Competition #14
Communication Arts 2021 Illustration competition

Communication Arts is calling for entries for its 2021 Illustration Competition, open for new work — first published or produced between January 2020 and January 2021. The Communication Arts Illustration Competition is the most prestigious competition for creativity in illustration. CA’s Award of Excellence is one of the most-coveted awards in the industry. If chosen, winning places you in the highest ranks of your profession.

Selected by a national representative jury of distinguished designers, art directors and illustrators, the winning entries will be distributed worldwide in the Communication Arts Illustration Annual, in print and digital editions, and on commarts.com, assuring important exposure to the creators of this outstanding work. As a service to art directors, designers and art buyers, a comprehensive index will carry contact information of the illustrators represented.

Deadline
Entries registered after 8th January 2021 require a late fee of $10 per entry.

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