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Crafting Compelling Art Prize Applications and Artist Statements

Posted by Laura O'Hare, 4 months ago

It is an industry-standard that artists must often provide context for their work through an artist statement for art prize applications. Join us on the 9th of May 2024 for an exclusive online masterclass designed for artists, "Crafting Compelling Art Prize Applications and Artist Statements." Hosted by Karen van Hoey Smith, Art Director, this masterclass is a valuable opportunity to gain insights from renowned panelists Karen Turner, Dubel Art Prize Finalist, and Josephine Zentner, Jackson's Art Prize winner.


Karen Turner

Karen Turner is an award-winning figure and portrait artist whose oil paintings are a commentary on the weight of expectations. Focusing on the physical body and the scrutiny to which it is commonly subjected, her paintings explore what society expects of a woman, the ways in which a woman’s shape is often considered to define her, and the impact that this has on her life and sense of self.

Karen was the winner of the VAA Professional Artist Award in 2022 and is currently one of ten finalists for The Dubel Emerging Artist of the Year Prize. She was awarded the President’s Prize by the Institute of East Anglian Artists and has been a finalist in the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, the Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize and the Theo Paphitis Art Prize. She exhibits with The Other Art Fair and has recently held her first solo show in London with Red Eight Gallery.

Josephine Zentner

Josephine Zentner is the Art Prize and Gallery Coordinator at Jackson's. She produces the annual international competition that attracts thousands of entries per year, resulting in two London exhibitions of shortlisted works. Being a practicing artist herself, Josephine offers first hand insight on submitting art to competitions.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Refine Your Art Prize Applications: Learn how to craft compelling and impactful art prize applications that catch the attention of award juries and grant committees.

2. Master the Art of Writing Artist Statements: Understand the nuances of writing artist statements that effectively communicate your artistic vision, process, and unique voice.

3. Gain Insights from Industry Experts: Benefit from the experience and expertise of our esteemed panelists as they share tips, examples, and best practices from their successful art prize journeys.

Who Is This Masterclass For:

o Artists at any level of their career

o Artists who struggle to communicate the meaning behind their artwork

o Artists looking for professional opportunities

o Artists who want to know if their prize/exhibition applications are up to scratch


Secure your spot by registering for this enriching masterclass. Premium members can enjoy this session as part of their exclusive benefits, while non-members can register for £19.99. Standard members can gain a 10% discount.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to elevate your art career and master the art of crafting compelling art prize applications and artist statements. Register now and prepare to unlock new dimensions of artistic success!

This masterclass is brought to you by the Visual Artists Association, committed to empowering artists and fostering excellence in the visual arts.

Date: 9th May 2024

Time: 13:00 BST

Venue: Online via Zoom


- Free for Premium Members

- £20.00 for Non-Members

- 10% discount for Standard Members

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