2021 Ingram Prize

The Ingram Prize is an annual purchase prize open to visual artists who are within five years of graduation from a UK-based art school.

Now in its sixth year, this leading prize for contemporary artists was established by The Ingram Collection to celebrate and support artists at the beginning of their professional careers. We recognise the vital importance of practical support in these early years, and through our prize we offer opportunities to exhibit and sell work, a programme of continuing professional development, and the chance to develop both industry and peer-to-peer networks.

Eligible artists can submit up to two works in any media, with no restrictions on size.

The Prize is free to enter.

Selected finalists will be invited to showcase their entries in a group selling exhibition (19 – 26 November), and for 2021 we are delighted to have a new venue for the Prize at Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop, an exhibition and residency space in West London.

Unit 1 are unique in their approach, bringing artists and their practices to the public by providing residency and exhibition opportunities. They support a diverse range of emerging and mid-career contemporary artists by giving space and time for developing their practice, networking within their growing community, mentored by team members. Artists are constantly introduced to their expansive network of collectors, curators, art educators, professionals and visitors. They have now organised more than 40 exhibitions with over 120 artists and curators, with a yearly programme of 10 exhibitions and 25 artists in residence, drawing in international audiences and participants, as well as being a local landmark in West London.


  • Three winning entries will be purchased for The Ingram Collection.
  • One Prize winner will be offered a solo exhibition at The Lightbox gallery and museum in 2022.
  • All finalists will be offered the opportunity to apply for an artist residency project in 2022, given in partnership with Hestercombe Gallery in Somerset.
  • All finalists will be invited to attend a programme of talks and seminars from industry professionals during the exhibition run.


  • Artists must be over 18.
  • You must hold a formal qualification in the visual arts from a UK-based place of higher or further education (undergraduate or postgraduate level). If you are unsure whether your programme of study is eligible, please get in touch.
  • You must have completed your course between 1 April 2016 and the closing date for 2021 submissions (20 September 2021).


Click here to find out more about the prize and apply online!

The Ingram Prize is generously sponsored by Rawlinson & Hunter.