The Ingram Prize is an annual purchase prize open to visual artists who are within five years of graduation from a UK-based art school.

Now in its sixth year, this leading prize for contemporary artists was established by The Ingram Collection to celebrate and support artists at the beginning of their professional careers. We recognise the vital importance of practical support in these early years, and through our prize we offer opportunities to exhibit and sell work, a programme of continuing professional development, and the chance to develop both industry and peer-to-peer networks.

Eligible artists can submit up to two works in any media, with no restrictions on size. The Prize is free to enter.

Selected finalists will be invited to showcase their entries in a group selling exhibition at Unit 1 Gallery in West London, 19 – 26 November 2021. There will be an accompanying illustrated exhibition catalogue & artist private view.


The Ingram Collection is one of the largest and most significant publicly accessible collections of Modern British Art in the UK. Through its programme of loans and exhibitions, the collection works in partnership with galleries & museums, innovative spaces, and new artistic talent to bring art to the widest possible audience.

Founded in 2002 by serial entrepreneur and philanthropist Chris Ingram, the collection spans over 100 years of British art and includes over 600 artworks. More than 400 of these are by some of the most important British artists of the 20th century, amongst them Edward Burra, Lynn Chadwick, Elisabeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth and Eduardo Paolozzi. The main focus of the collection is on the art movements that developed in the early and middle decades of the 20th century, and there is a particularly strong and in-depth holding of 20th century British sculpture. The Ingram Collection also holds a growing number of works by young and emerging artists – Ingram Contemporary Talent –  and in 2016 established the Ingram Prize, an annual purchase prize created to celebrate and support the work and early careers of UK art school graduates.


The Ingram Prize is generously sponsored by Rawlinson & Hunter.

Rawlinson & Hunter specialise in financial and taxation advice, and the company has had a long history of involvement with the art world by acting for artists, galleries and auction houses, with Partners also serving as trustees for national museums and charitable trusts owning art collections. Support for the arts by the firm is provided through sponsorship and pro-bono work.


Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop is an exhibition and residency space in London, unique in its approach, bringing artists and their practices to the public by providing residency and exhibition opportunities. They support a diverse range of emerging and mid-career contemporary artists by giving space and time for developing their practice, networking within their growing community, mentored by team members. Artists are constantly introduced to their expansive network of collectors, curators, art educators, professionals and visitors. They have now organised more than 40 exhibitions with over 120 artists and curators, with a yearly programme of 10 exhibitions and 25 artists in residence, drawing in international audiences and participants, as well as being a local landmark in West London.


  • Three winning entries will be purchased for The Ingram Collection.
  • One Prize winner will be offered a solo exhibition at The Lightbox gallery and museum in 2022.
  • All finalists will be offered the opportunity to apply for an artist residency project in 2022, given in partnership with Hestercombe Gallery in Somerset.
  • All finalists will be invited to attend a programme of talks and seminars from industry professionals during the exhibition run.


  • Artists must be over 18.
  • You must hold a formal qualification in the visual arts from a UK-based place of higher or further education (undergraduate or postgraduate level). If you are unsure whether your programme of study is eligible, please get in touch.
  • You must have completed your course between 1 April 2016 and the closing date for 2021 submissions (20 September 2021).


Artists may enter up two 2 works in any medium and any size. You will also be asked a upload a CV. Entry is free.

To enter online click here.

You will need to supply:

  • One high resolution image of each work (jpg file, max 1MB)
  • A link to view or download film/video/performance works
  • Work details: Title, date, medium, dimensions (including framed dimensions if applicable), price (including 20% commission)
  • A description for each submitted work (up to 200 words)
  • A CV
  • A brief artist biography of no more than 100 words, including year of birth, (higher) education history, details of any notable exhibitions, awards, residencies, current/future projects
  • Any social media handles you may have


Artists will be notified of their selection by email by Wednesday 6 October. We regret that we are only able to contact shortlisted artists.


Deadline for submissions5pm Monday 20 September 2021
Finalists notifiedby Wednesday 6 October 2021
Delivery of work to Unit 1 Gallery, LondonTuesday 16 November 2021
Opening event & prize announcementThursday 18 November 2021
ExhibitionFriday 19 – Friday 26 November 2021
Collection of unsold workSaturday 27 November 2021

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