The Sunny Art Prize

The Sunny Art Prize is sponsored by the Art Council England and has established itself as one of the UK’s most prestigious international art competitions. The scope of this contemporary art prize is about sourcing the most talented artists from all over the world, both established and emerging ones, who produce ground-breaking and innovative artworks.

Every year, we shortlist 30 artists, among whom we select three winners. All the shortlisted artists have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Sunny Art Centre, London, a prestigious art institution with an extraordinary collection of old masters and artworks by leading contemporary artists. The winners, alongside seven other artists chosen from the shortlist, have the chance to exhibit their work with our partnering galleries in China. The exhibiting galleries are located in cities across China, such as Beijing and Shanghai. They are amongst the leading art institutions in the Asian art market.


First Prize

Second Prize

  • £2,000
  • A group exhibition in London
  • A one-month residency in China, (either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou)
  • A group show in China (either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou)

Third Prize

  • £1,000
  • A group exhibition in London
  • A one-month residency in China, (either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou)
  • A group show in China (either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou)


Who May Apply for the Sunny Art Prize

Submissions are accepted from artists worldwide and are judged equally. Applicants must be at least 18 years old to enter the competition.

You must be the artist or creator of the work(s), or you must be expressly authorised as a gallery, agent, or representative to submit the work(s) on behalf of the artist. If you are authorised by the estate of a deceased artist, you agree to be bound by these terms and assume the associated liabilities.

All visual artists from around the world are invited to submit their best artworks on the designated theme for inclusion in the exhibition.

Accepted Media

We accept all art styles, including both 2D and 3D works such as painting, sculpture, digital art, printmaking, fiber art, photography, graphic art, mixed media, as well as experimental and installation works.

We celebrate creativity in all its forms across various media, including:

  • Painting and Drawing
  • Video, Installation, and Performance
  • Photography and Digital Art
  • Artists’ Film


We accept works on any theme from artists at all stages of their careers.

Size Requirements

  • 2D Work: Paintings, drawings, and projected videos (including moving images and installations) must be a maximum of 120×120 cm.
  • 3D Work: Sculptures, ceramics, and mixed media artworks must be a maximum of 80x80x80 cm.
  • Installation Art: Must be assembled on-site at the exhibiting location and can reach a maximum size of 100x100x100 cm.

Pay your entry fee 

    The Entry fee for this art competition is £25 for one artwork, £32 for two artworks, £40 for three artworks, and £45 for four artworks ( pricing excluding VAT), which covers our administration costs. You can pay this online by credit or debit card. Please note that the number entries is capped at 16,500, so please purchase yours soon in order to avoid disappointment.

Deadline: June 30, 2024

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