Submissions Open

14th April 2022

DEADLINE

31 July 2022


Overview


Free to enter

One entry per person

Open to artists within the UK

All artists over 18 welcome to enter

2-dimensional artwork in any painting or drawing media

“Kevin”, Duncan Shoosmith. Oil on canvas, 20 x 24 inches


Theme


'Escapism'

A theme that is designed to spark creativity through the emotional journey people have been through since the start of the pandemic.

Art, as a form of escapism itself, provides mental health and well-being benefits.

‘Irvine’, Claudine O'Sullivan.


About


Theo Paphitis, well known TV dragon and retail entrepreneur, has owned London Graphic Centre since 2016, which is also part of his retail group including Boux Avenue, Robert Dyas and Ryman.

Theo has launched this new art prize after being inspired by his customers and how they used art so positively during the Pandemic.

Theo said about launching the prize: “Art and all things creative have been a force for good and we want to recognise that, and most importantly put our money where our mouth is with cash prizes and recognise artistic talent. The theme of the competition is Escapism - perfect for this moment in time, as there can be no doubt that art encourages feeling free and boosts your mental health. It’s relaxing, creative and most importantly, good for the soul. I wish all entrants the best of luck, and am looking forward to seeing all the entries.”


Prizes


Theo's Art Prize Winner

£5,000

+ £500 worth of materials from
London Graphic Centre

+ £250 voucher from Ryman

+ £250 voucher from Obby

People's Choice Award

£2,000

+ £250 worth of materials from
London Graphic Centre

+ £100 voucher from Ryman

+ £100 voucher from Obby

‘Golden Cherry Coke’, Kate Brinkworth. Oil on board, 150 x 100 cm


About Kate

British artist Kate Brinkworth graduated with a First in Fine Art from Nottingham Trent in 2000 & has worked as an artist since then. She has exhibited internationally alongside major collaborations with leading brands including Coca-Cola and Supreme.

Her work includes subtle drawings, black and white paintings – and photorealist paintings using iconic items as still lives. These stem from her curiosity in films, particularly those in the style of Hitchcock. She is inspired by effects created through experimentation with focus, camera angles & lighting. Using the language of film, advertising & photography to create her work.

From the judge

"Prizes give artists a great way to gain recognition & exhibit their work, whether they be a student, amateur or pro. Being able to show work & come together as a group is also special, particularly after the last couple of years.

The theme of escapism resonates so strongly, from volunteering with primary school age, a hospice & lecturing at universities the scope of the artistic practice to be able to inspire, excite, heal & promote discussion is unbounded, whatever form it presents itself. So to be asked to judge this competition feels very special."

About Duncan

Duncan started painting after seeing Freud’s 1993 Whitechapel show. Since then he has twice exhibited at the BP Portrait Award, and in 2019 won Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year….painting a range of celebrities from Jodie Comer to Sir Tom Jones.

From the judge

"I thoroughly look forward to seeing the entries. Every time I pick up a paint brush it is escapism for me, so there should be no limits to what artists come up with."

About Claudine

Now based in Glasgow after a decade in London, Irish artist Claudine O’Sullivan has gained the industry spotlight for her distinctive hand-drawn illustrations, featured in the worldwide Apple Pencil campaign, which won the World Illustration Awards Professional Advertising category. Her uniquely traditional drawing style has appealed to clients including MTV, The British Library, Jameson Whiskey, Island Records, Twitter and Derwent Pencils.

From the judge

"I'm excited to join the Judging Panel for the inaugural year of the Theo Paphitis Art Prize in collaboration with the London Graphic Centre. Now more than ever I believe support and encouragement are vital for the arts and for creativity in general. This year's theme of escapism is both relevant and accessible for artists at all stages of their creative journey and I look forward to seeing the different interpretations."

About Theo

Cypriot born Theo Paphitis has a business empire that spans retail, property and finance. He has been in retail for over 40 years and in that time bought and revived the fortunes of the likes of Ryman, La Senza, Contessa, and Robert Dyas and launched global lingerie brand Boux Avenue in 2011. In 2016 he added The London Graphic Centre to his portfolio.

Theo is also known for his 8 years as Millwall Chairman, as well as many TV appearances, including most notably as a Dragon on the BBC's Dragons' Den. He supports several charities, through his Theo Paphitis Charitable Trust, and is also Chancellor of Solent University.

From the judge

"Art and all things creative have been a force for good and we want to recognise that, and most importantly put our money where our mouth is with cash prizes and recognise artistic talent. The theme of the competition is Escapism - perfect for this moment in time, as there can be no doubt that art encourages feeling free and boosts your mental health. It’s relaxing, creative and most importantly, good for the soul. I wish all entrants the best of luck, and am looking forward to seeing all the entries."

About Zena

Zena El Farra is Founder of MasterPeace Creative Studios, a mindful painting experience in the heart of Belgravia London. Following her recent success on BBC's Dragon's Den - Zena has made it her mission to make the mental health benefits of the creative process accessible to all.

From the judge

"I am a huge advocate of the power of creativity for bringing a deeply-enriching contentment to each of us. I am delighted to be on the panel and I hope to bring a different lens to what 'good' art looks like: art that makes us feel something, art that brings us closer to who we are, art that tells a story - not just masterpieces."

Judges


Our five judges bring their own artistic experience to the panel. Each individual judge will bring their own perspective and opinion to the judging which will lead to the curation of a varied selection of work that showcases the very best of the entries whilst highlighting the quality and diversity of the submissions. 

‘You Are Light’, Rochelle Clarke - MasterPeace artist

Judges


Our five judges bring their own artistic experience to the panel. Each individual judge will bring their own perspective and opinion to the judging which will lead to the curation of a varied selection of work that showcases the very best of the entries whilst highlighting the quality and diversity of the submissions. 

Timeline


14 APRIL

Submissions open

Register your interest in entering the competition and submit your works digitally.


31 JULY

Submissions close

The final date to submit your artwork to the Theo Paphitis Art Prize.


15 AUGUST

People's Choice voting opens

The public will be granted the opportunity to vote for their favourite artwork over a limited period. 


25 AUGUST

Finalists announced

The shortlist of 10 entries will be announced and the artists contacted to send in their artwork for further review by the judges. 


30 AUGUST

People's Choice voting closes

People's Choice voting closes on this date. Afterwards, votes will be counted by judges. 


14 SEPTEMBER

Winners Announcement

The overall winner and People's Choice winner will be communicated via social media and newsletter. 


Showcase


The finalists of the competition will have their artwork displayed in the entrance of our Covent Garden store, which welcomes thousands of visitors every week!

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