Contemporary British Painting Prize to be announced at Huddersfield Art Gallery

The winner of the 2019 Contemporary British Painting Prize will be announced on Saturday 9 November at Huddersfield Art Gallery.

What is ‘Contemporary British Painting’?

‘Contemporary British Painting’ is an artist led organisation which explores and promotes current trends in British painting through group exhibitions, talks and publications. The annual prize, founded in 2016, promotes the best of contemporary painting produced in the British Isles.

Cllr Rob Walker, Cabinet Member for Culture & Environment said:

We’re thrilled to be hosting the Contemporary British Painting Prize in Kirklees and I’d like to congratulate all artists who made the shortlist.

 The artwork displayed by the prize nominees explores diverse perspectives of the modern-day which will generate conversations amongst visitors and contemporary art connoisseurs alike.

 We’re lucky to have access to such amazing artwork so conveniently. With free access to the Art Gallery, it’s an opportunity to explore the current exhibitions which include former Contemporary British Painting Prize winner Mandy Payne, and to enjoy the outstanding permanent collection which features important works by L. S. Lowry and Henry Moore”.

Who are the 12 shortlisted artists?

The 12 shortlisted artists are Louise Bristow, Stephanie Douet, Kirsty Harris, Helen Hayward, Adam Hennessey, Juliette Losq, Scott McCracken, Jo McGonigal, Ruth Murray, Diana Taylor, Joanna Whittle, Maddie Yuille

Each painter will exhibit three paintings from which the prize judges will select one prize-winning painting and one highly commended runner up.

Who will be judging the paintings?

Judging the paintings will be Graham Crowley, painter, writer and Professor of Painting at the Royal College of Art 1998 – 2006, Griselda Pollock, Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art at the University of Leeds and Grant Scanlan Huddersfield Art Gallery Manager.

The judges will select the 2019 prize-winning painting between 2pm-4pm.

What’s the prize?

The winning artist will receive a critical essay on their practice by Griselda Pollock, a £2,000 prize for their winning work and an invitation to join Contemporary British Painting.

The runner up will receive a voucher for art materials.

Can I view the exhibition?

The exhibition will remain on show at the Huddersfield Art Gallery until Saturday 4 January 2020. Admission is free.

A special Walk and Talk event with the exhibitors led by Judith Tucker will take place on 7 December between 2pm and 4pm.

How many submissions did the Contemporary British Painting Prize receive?

This year Contemporary British Painting Prize received 746 submissions, a record number, from which a long list of 55 painters, then the final shortlist of 12 were chosen by four selectors; Lisa Denyer, Geraint Evans, Joe Packer (CBP Prize winner 2018) and Judith Tucker, who are all painters and members of CBP.

When is the prizewinner’s essay going to be published?

The prizewinner’s essay will be published alongside all 36 exhibited paintings in the exhibition catalogue, which will also be available online at

More information

For more information go to the Huddersfield Art Gallery page.


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