Newbury Arts Prize painting
"Sotto la Luna" by Fra Henry Newbery, Circa 1899

When Francis Henry Newbery started the Newbery Arts Prize in 1875, the telephone had only just been invented. A year later, over 800 artists from around the world filled The Royal Albert Hall in London with over three thousand works of art.

Fra Henry Newbery, Circa 1927
Fra Henry Newbery, Circa 1927

With a £75,000 cash prize across the three categories, the art competition celebrates classical artists, sculptors, architects, and designers. Application opens May 15, 2020.

“We want to recognise the cultural brilliance of artists and designers, and we want everyone’s help to discover them and, just as Newbery did, we are also offering the original prize of One Hundred Guineas and The Newbery Trophy for the people choice,” said Jeremy Gower, Owner of Henry Newbery & Co. and Director of the Arts Competition.

Artists will have the option to sell their art through the competition and the public have the option to view the entries. This is primarily a competition for the classical arts and strictly follows the rules set out by Newbery himself nearly one hundred and fifty years ago.

Newbury Arts Prize
The First Newbery Arts Prize Giving, The Royal Albert Hall 1876
Fra Henry Newbery in his Corfe Chapel Studio Circa 1929
Fra Henry Newbery in his Corfe Chapel Studio Circa 1929
Tin Plate photograph of Jeremy ‘Stitch’ Gower, director of The Newbery Arts Prize by Carl Wilson
Tin Plate photograph of Jeremy ‘Stitch’ Gower, director of The Newbery Arts Prize by Carl Wilson
Director Jeremy Gower launches The Newbery Arts Prize 15th May 2020 on the steps of The Royal Albert Hall, London

Timeline:

  • Closing Date for Entries – November 15, 2020
  • All artworks to be submitted by March 15, 2021
  • Up to Three entries per application for either one category or mixed
  • Entry Fee £150
  • Artists can be nominated by public with artists permission

Application for entry and T&C’s can be found on the website www.newberyprize.com


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