The Robert Walters Group UK Young Artist of the Year Award: 2019, UK Young Artists

  • London, East, North East, North West, South East, South West, East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire, National
  • crafts, film, interdisciplinary arts, photography, visual arts
  • Laura Evans


First prize: £10,000 The winner’s work will be shown at the Robert Walters Group head office for a period of 12 months and at an international presentation with UKYA in 2020.

Second prize: £5000

10 shortlisted artists will have their work exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery for a VIP awards evening.

Three unique organisations are collaborating to provide a significant platform and stepping stone for young artists. The new Robert Walters Group UK Young Artist of the Year Award in partnership with Saatchi Gallery will discover and champion exceptional artists who are representative of contemporary Britain.

From an open call across the UK we are seeking 10 outstanding artists whose work demonstrates a strong and original voice, and is of exceptional artistic quality.  We’re looking for artists who represent the UK’s richly diverse population, and embody the experiences of their community. Artists who create bold, unique pieces of art that reveal their own perspectives and experiences and whom represent unique viewpoints and will help start new conversations in the UK art scene.

You must be aged between 18–30 (on or by 1st September 2019) and be allowed to work or study in the UK at the time of making this submission.  If shortlisted, you must be available to be in London on Monday October 7th 2019. Artists should be working within the following fields:

Applied arts: ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, 

Digital Arts: Moving image, performance video, technological arts

Fine Arts: painting, printmaking, photography, installation, sculpture.

Selection Criteria

Judges will be looking for works which reflect the following:

Diversity of Experience, Diversity of Expression, Diversity of Thought,

and who can demonstrate a strong and original voice with exceptional artistic quality and looking to open up new opportunities for their work using this exemplar platform.

Judges will include Philippa Adams - Senior Director of Saatchi Gallery, Robert Walters – art collector and CEO of Robert Walters Group, Gavin Turk - artist, Michael Forbes - artist, and Rosalind Davis an artist, writer and UKYA alumni.

Deadline: Sunday 1 September, midnight

Click here for the full brief and to apply.