Our annual Purchase Prize Exhibition for Young Contemporary Talent was established in 2016 to celebrate and support graduating artists at the beginning of their careers. We welcome entries from all artists who have graduated from a UK art school since 2014.

two entries per artist | Any media | free entry



Up to three entries purchased for The Ingram Collection

Solo exhibition at the Art Fund Prize-winning gallery The Lightbox

Opportunity to undertake a week-long artist residency leading to an exhibition in 2020


All entries will be reviewed by a selection panel including Jo Baring, Director & Curator of The Ingram Collection. Successful finalists will be invited to exhibit their shortlisted entries in a selling exhibition at The Cello Factory in London, 8 – 12 November 2019.  Up to three works from the exhibition will be chosen for the Purchase Prize, and those works will join our widely exhibited public art collection.  One of the Prize-winning artists will be offered a solo show at The Lightbox gallery in 2020.

This year we are offering one of our finalists a week-long artist residency & exhibition opportunity in the summer of 2020.  All finalists will be invited to submit a proposal for this residency, and further details about the process will be supplied once the Purchase Prize Exhibition has taken place.

The winners of the Purchase Prizes will be announced on 8 November at the exhibition preview event.

All exhibiting artists will be profiled across our website and social media channels, and invited to attend professional development and networking events during the exhibition run.

There will be an illustrated catalogue to accompany the exhibition.



Please provide up to two jpeg images for each entry and send with the following information to:

About yOUR WORK:

Year work made

about YOU:

Date of birth
UK art school
Course name
Year of graduation
Brief artist biography (c. 100 words)
Contact telephone number

Please use your name and the title of your work as your jpeg filename.  Do not embed your images in a separate document.

DEADLINE extended

5 pm on Monday 16 September 2019


All successful finalists will be contacted by 25 September

The Cello Factory
33-34 Cornwall Road
London SE1 8JT
Delivery of work: Tues 5 November 2019
Collection of unsold work: Wed 13 November 2019

All sales will be arranged by us for a commission of 20% of the selling price. This commission will go back into funding our Purchase Prize.



This year’s exhibition is generously sponsored by