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The Bath Open Art Prize 2019

Announcing selected artists soon

Submission closed on Fri 26 April 2019


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The Bath Open Art Prize 2018 - #FaB18

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Submission nowclosed, deadline: Fri 26th April 2019

Now in its 9th year, The Bath Open Art Prize is one of the key open art prizes in the South West. Open to visual artists working in any medium, an eclectic and exciting mix of high level submissions are received; including video and installation as well as painting, print and 3D.

Developed as part of Fringe Arts Bath (FaB), alongside the established traditions, the prize welcomes more idiosynchratic and whimsical works that reflect FaB’s open approach.

From the many submissions received, works are selected for showing as part of a 2 week long exhibition at 44AD artspace in the centre of Bath.

Judges Chris Stephens of the Holburne Museum and Artist Sandra Porter will join the exhibition selection team, and will be awarding the prizes. Read more about them below.

Submission fees:

For 1 artwork the fee is £20

For up to 3 artworks the fee is £30

All proceeds from the Bath Open Art Prize go towards producing the exhibition, and supporting production of Fringe Arts Bath Festival.


Image © Tina Dempsey, Untitled

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Our prizes and our kind sponsors


1st prize £250 sponsored by Andrews Property

2nd prize £100 sponsored by Society Café

People's Choice £50 art vouchers, sponsored by Minerva Arts Supplies

Exhibition Opportunity sponsored by 44ad Artspace: a solo exhibition in 44ad's basement gallery

Selected works exhibited at 44ad artspace during FaB Festival 2019 #FaB19 

1st Prize sponsored by Andrews Property

1st Prize sponsored by Andrews Property


Meet the Judges

Dr. Chris Stephens

Dr. Chris Stephens

Dr Chris Stephens

Stephens, director of the Holburne Museum since summer 2017, was previously Head of Displays at Tate Britain and the lead curator of Modern British Art. As well as responsibility for the planning and programming of the collection rehang there, he curated a number of exhibitions, including Francis Bacon in 2008, Henry Moore in 2010 and more recently David Hockney.

Having a particular interest and thorough knowledge of the artists of Cornwall, he has also been involved in a number of successful exhibitions at Tate St Ives including Barbara Hepworth and Peter Lanyon.


Sandra Porter RWA

Sandra Porter RWA

Sandra Porter RWA

Porter studied Fine Art at Stourbridge College of Art, gained an MA in Fine Art Painting from Chelsea School of Art and studied printmaking with Master Printmaker Dorothea Wight. 

A contemporary abstract artist interested in the symbiotic relationship between painting, drawing and printmaking Porter taught for many years and is now a full-time artist.

As well as running printmaking workshops and curating at the Black Swan Gallery in Frome she exhibits widely in the UK and abroad. Shows in 2018/19 include ‘The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize’ and ‘Albert Irvin and Abstract Expressionism’ at The RWA in Bristol.



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The Bath Open Art Prize 2018 #FaB18

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Important dates for The Bath Open Art Prize 2019

Deadline Fri 26th April 2019

11.59pm - Submission deadline

Sat 4th May

Artists selected for the exhibition will be informed

Sun 19th & Mon 20th May

Accepted works are to be delivered to the venue, 44ad artspace

Fri 24th May

Opening night for Fringe Arts Bath aka FaB Festival 2019

Mon 27th May

Award winners will be announced at the prize giving evening (bank holiday weekend)

24th May to 9th June

Exhibition dates for The Bath Open Art Prize & FaB Festival 2019


Image © Cassandra Agazzi Brooks, Orlando

Winner - 44ad Exhibition Opportunity Prize 2018 #FaB18

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Selected Artists for the Bath Open Art Prize 2018


1st Prize: Rob Irving

2nd Prize: Anna Morris

People’s Choice: Lesley Oldaker and Soomin Leong

44AD Exhibition Opportunity: Cassandra Brooks

Highly Commended:

Deborah Westmancoat

Donovan Pearce

Jonathan Alibone

Parul Bouvart


Amanda Chambers

Ana Clara Goncalves Dias

Anna Smith


Ashlynn Wardle

Beryl Desmond

David Smith

Deirdre Elphick

Ed Wills Garcia

Emily Barker

Faye Bowden

Gillian Hawkins

Harry Hugo Little

Ho Sang Wong

Jacqueline Thow

Jeni Wood

Jenna Fox

Jenny Morse

Julia Keenan

Juliet Duckworth

Kate McDonnell

Katie J Andrews

Keith Busby

Koji Tsukada

Lucy Gresley

Maaike Pope

Maggie Royle

Mark Elliott Smith

Martin Elphick

Martin Ortiz de Taranco

Maya Wolf

Michael Falzoni

Morwenna Lake

Nina Otter

Paul Ridyard

Pav Kot

Rachel McDonnell

Rahim Moledina

Richard Heys

Ros Burgin

Roxanne Jackson

Ruairi Fallon Mc Guigan

Ryszard Sliwka

Sam Morgan

Sandra Chin

Shaun Harrigan

Shelley Dyer-Gibbins

Tina Dempsey

Tracie Peisley

Una D'Aragona

Virginia Wade

Zita Saffrette/Gill Newton

Zoë Woolley