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The Dover Prize is an award open to any UK-based artist.

It supports excellence and experimentation in the arts and creative industries. Applications are welcome from artists and creative practitioners working in the visual arts e.g.  painting, sculpture, ceramics, print- making, photography, digital art, film making, performance and installations.

This year the Dover Prize comprises:

  • The Dover Award: A bursary of £10,000 paid across two years, to an individual or collective to provide time to think, research, reflect and/or experiment with new ideas
  • Creative Awards: Five awards of £1,500 are available for one year to help individual artists develop an element of their practice.

Artists applying to either award must meet a minimum of 3 of the following criteria:

  • The artist is regularly making and exhibiting artwork
  • The artist has received professional grants or awards
  • The artist is involved in organising self-created professional opportunities, for example running an artist-led studio or project
  • The artist has a degree in visual or applied arts at undergraduate and/or post-graduate level
  • The artist has been commissioned by a public institution
  • The artist’s work has been previously purchased by a public collection
  • The artist’s work has been previously reviewed or featured in an art journal, magazine, newspaper or on-line curated platform
  • The artist is represented by a gallery
  • The artist has taken part in a recognised residency or artist placement scheme

We also welcome applications from previous Dover Prize applicants.

Please read the guidelines for further information and before making an application.

The deadline for applications is 14th February 2021