Awards and competitions

Nominate for the Museums Change Lives Award – deadline 8 October 2018

This inaugural Museums Change Lives award will recognise a project in the past year that best reflects one or more of the themes of the Museum Association's Museums Change Lives campaign: Promoting Health and Wellbeing; Creating Better Places; and Inspiring Engagement, Reflection and Debate.

Nominate a museum under one of three categories: Best Museums Change Lives Project, the Local Hero Award and Best Small Museum Project. Or nominate an ndvdal under the Radical Changemaker Award.

Wellcome Photography Prize – deadline 17 December

The Wellcome Trust is inviting photographers and other image-makers from all disciplines to enter the Wellcome Photography Prize, which celebrates compelling imagery that captures stories of health, medicine and science. Previously the Wellcome Image Awards, the newly relaunched competition will reward pictures that show the importance of health in society and the impact health issues have on people and communities worldwide.

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Adam Reynolds memorial bursary – deadline 1 October 2018

The 2019 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary (ARMB) is open for applications. ARMB is Shape Arts' flagship art award for disabled artists and includes a £10k bursary and three-month residency with Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

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Pringle Awards for art and poetry – deadline 17 September 2018

Mental health charity Mind is seeking nominations or submissions for the Bill Pringle award for visual art and the Bill Pringle award for poetry, based around the theme of ‘hope’. A £50 prize is offered for each. 

The visual art award accepts submissions and nominations of 2-dimensional work (paintings, photographs etc.) but not sculpture or other 3-dimensional forms.

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Health and Wellbeing Awards – deadline 20 April 2018

The Royal Society for Public Health’s annual awards are now open for submissions with a specific category dedicated to Arts and Health.

Now in their eleventh year, the awards cover all aspects of public health. Arts and Health entries need to demonstrate:

Koestler Trust Awards – deadline 13 April 2018

The annual arts awards for people with experience of the criminal justice system is now open.

Commonwealth Writers' Prizes – deadline 1 November 2017

Applications for the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, which aims to promote new voices, reward achievement, encourage wider readership and greater literacy, and increase understanding between cultures. The Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000-5,000 words).

Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary for disabled artists – deadline 1 August 2017

Applications are now open for the 10th Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary (ARMB) to support mid-career disabled artists. This year’s successful recipient will receive an award of £10,000 and an accompanying three-month residency with Pallant House Gallery.

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Call for artists, bloggers, writers and people with experience of breast cancer

Breathless Breastless Project is a breast cancer awareness art exhibition, bringing together artists and people with lived experience. The Project has exhibited in Aberdeen and Peterhead and also at The Saltaire Arts Festival Bradford.

The project is seeking new work to be exhibited at The Carre Gallery, Sleaford, Lincolnshire in November 2017.

If you would like to be involved in the Project in any way or would like more information, please contact Louise Stedman:

Artists' expressions of interest, Children's Hospital Group, Dublin – deadline 19 July 2017

The Children’s Hospital Group (CHG) invites expressions of interest from experienced artists to enter into a phase of Research and Development between August and October 2017 leading to proposals for a range of ambitious artworks that will be integrated into the new children’s hospital public realm spaces and its Paediatric Outpatient and Urgent Care Centres.


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