Woon Foundation Painting & Sculpture Prize

The Woon Foundation very generously funds an open call shortlist exhibition – including three major prizes – each year to the total value of £40,000. The 1st prize supports a Fellowship designed to offer a fine art graduate a structured opportunity to further develop their critical and conceptual understanding as well as their studio practice.

Woon Foundation Painting & Sculpture Prize is an important component of the partnership between Northumbria University and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. The Prize is open to all UK undergraduate Fine Art students who are in their final year of study, graduating in summer 2020.

Due to the current and evolving circumstances of Coronavirus (Covid-19), the Woon Foundation Painting & Sculpture Prize deadline has changed to 31 July 2020 17.00.

PLEASE NOTE: The remaining timetable of notifying shortlisted artists and when the shortlist exhibition, award ceremony and fellowship will take place will be confirmed at a later date.

1st Prize the Woon Tai Jee Art Fellowship will include:
– A year-long Woon Residency in the Woon Tai Jee Studio at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne for the duration of the Fellowship – A bursary of £20,000 to be used to pay for the Fellowship in the Woon Tai Jee Studio, Northumbria University, and to contribute towards materials and subsistence
– The requirement to work towards a body of new work, which will be exhibited in a solo show in one of Northumbria University’s galleries – A mentor to support the critical and professional development of the Fellow

2nd Prize the Lim Ai Fang Art Prize = £9,000

3rd Prize the Cheong Kam Hee Art = £6,000

We are also delighted to be able to offer all ten shortlisted artists 12 months Axisweb membership. Axisweb is an online platform supporting, mentoring and profiling artists. Find out more about Axisweb here.

Previous winners:
Chika Annen 2019/20
Kara Chin 2018/19 Currently exhibiting at BALTIC 39
Joy Labinjo 2017/2018 Exhibited at BALTIC, Gateshead 2019/2020
Rebecca Halliwell-Sutton 2016/17
Kayt Hughes 2015/16
Ramona Zoladek 2014/15

Holly Hendry 2013/14 Exhibited at BALTIC, Gateshead 2017

Entry Criteria
The following criteria apply to entrants:
– Applicants must be in the final year of an undergraduate Fine Art degree at a UK University
– Entries are limited to painting and sculpture

Application Process
Participants are required to submit:
– A Curriculum Vitae (CV )
– Personal contact details
– Contact details of two referees
– A statement of 500 words outlining the applicant’s reasons for wishing to become a Fellow and how the Fellowship would benefit their development and current fine art practice
– Eight digital images of current work

Deadline: Friday 31 July, 17.00

Start Date

6th April 2020

Closing Date

31st July 2020