The New English Art Club NEAC OPEN CALL for Painters

Artists are invited to submit work for exhibition alongside members of the New English Art Club at the NEAC Annual Exhibition 2024.

The NEAC (New English Art Club) is an elected society of contemporary painters whose ethos resides in art informed by the visual world and personal interpretation. Its Annual Exhibition is a showcase not only for its members but also for aspiring artists: with a history going back more than a hundred years, it is an opportunity for work to be seen alongside some of the best artists painting today, held at Mall Galleries in London.

The exhibition offers over £10,000 worth of prizes and awards to win! (see ‘Prizes & Awards’ below)

“In each of our exhibitions, a wonderful symbiosis can be seen at play. The NEAC’s more altruistic mission to help and nurture individual emerging artists works in parallel with its hunger to invigorate itself with new talent. The relationship is successful – those less recognised gain from the opportunity to exhibit and associate with our established members, and the Club as a body is revitalised…” – Peter Brown, President of the NEAC

Submissions are open until 12 noon on Friday 8 March 2024.

We recommend that artists submit well in advance of the deadline to allow time for assistance with their application if required.

How to Submit

All work must be submitted online. Pre-selection from online entries will take place, after which pre-selected works should be delivered to Mall Galleries, London, for final selection:

– Upload images of work at between Monday 11 December  and Friday 8 March 2024, 12 noon [Note: Images must be in JPEG format and under 5MB]


  • Any artist over 18 may submit.
  • Acceptable media: Paintings, drawings, pastels, original framed prints (excluding photography). Note that sculpture is not admissible.
  • Work must have been completed in the last two years and must not have been previously exhibited in London.
  • Maximum of six works submitted. Maximum of three works selected.
  • Works should not be larger than 2.4m along the longest dimension.
  • All work must be for sale.
  • Minimum price: £300 (£180 for framed prints, £120 for unframed prints – buyers will not be charged for postage and packaging of unframed prints, so please ensure the price of unframed prints allows for this).
  • The price of works must include 45%+VAT commission.

Entry Fee

  • The submission fee is £20 per work for standard entries and £14 per work for artists aged 35 or under.

Prizes & Awards (subject to final confirmation)

There are many prizes and awards available to win, including:

NEW The Val Harris Prize: £2,000 for an outstanding work in the exhibition as judged by curator and gallerist Val Harris

NEW The Table Residency Award: A two-week residency at The Atelier, above the art gallery, The Table, in Hay-on-Wye

The Doreen McIntosh Prize: In order to reflect the best in figurative painting in British Art, The Doreen McIntosh Prize is for an artist whose work fulfils the New English Art Club’s ideals of rigour, immediate engagement with the visual and a searching attitude. Value £3,000.

The Hermione Hammond Drawing Award: £2,000 for a drawing by an emerging artist aged 35 or under

The Bowyer Drawing Prize: Selected by the Bowyer family, £500

The Winsor & Newton Award: Art materials to the value of £500

The Peter Ashley Framing Prize: Presented by The Artistic Framing Company, a bespoke handmade picture frame will be created for the winning work to the value of £500

The Michael Harding Award: £500 worth of art materials

The NEAC Critics’ Prize: £250

The Anthony J. Lester Art Critic Award: A certificate and cheque for £100

The Milner Prize for an Emerging Artist: £500

The Dry Red Press Award: The winning work will be published as a greetings card in the Dry Red Press ‘Prize Winners’ range, with royalties from the sale of the cards going to the artist

NEW Mall Galleries / FBA Award: Ten free submissions to exhibitions by the Federation of British Artists at Mall Galleries (worth up to £200) for a first time exhibitor with the New English Art Club.

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