The Dorset Art Prize

Dorset Art Prize - 2022 Competition Open Now

Bournemouth & Poole College are proud to host the ninth annual Dorset Art Prize competition. 

The Dorset Art Prize is free to enter and has a number of categories including adults and schools' prizes. You can submit your entry below!

Whether you're an emerging artist, a student studying Art or just someone with a passion for the creative, the Dorset Art Prize is a great opportunity to showcase your work to a wider audience.

 The Dorset Art Prize was established by the College in 2014, with the support of Dorset Community Foundation. The key objective of the Prize is to actively engage with all aspects of the community through encouraging and helping to create a broader, more inclusive vision for art locally.

Theme for 2022 - Messages

The theme for the 2022 Dorset Art Prize is Messages.

Entrants are encouraged to interpret and explore this theme in broad and figurative ways, as well as more literal considerations on the theme. 

Submission deadline

The deadline for submissions to the 2022 Dorset Art Prize is 15th July 2022. 

More information 

The awards on offer total £6,750, and include:
  • Primary School Prize*
    1st Prize: £500      2nd Prize: £250


  • Secondary School Prize*
    1st Prize: £500     2nd Prize: £250


  • Year 10 and 11 Prize
    1st Prize: £1000     2nd Prize: £500     3rd Prize: £250


  • Year 12 and 13 Prize
    1st Prize: £1000     2nd Prize: £500     3rd Prize: £250


  • Over 19 Prize
    1st Prize: £1000     2nd Prize: £500     3rd Prize: £250

*(Please note that Middle Schools are eligible to enter both the Primary and Secondary Art Prize categories. The student must be within the relevant age category.)

Important Information

Submission deadline closes on 15th July 2022

The Dorset Art Prize is an open submission for all aspects of visual arts practice and we encourage all Dorset artists, designers, art students and makers working in all media forms to submit their artworks.

Prize winners and runners up will be notified by The College after the submission deadline.

If you have not been contacted after 28th September 2022 then unfortunately you have not been selected for the 2022 Dorset Art Prize

Please note, due to time constraints we will not be able to offer feedback on our decisions to select or exclude artwork.

Enter the Dorset Art Prize 2022

Year 10 and 11, Year 12 and 13 and adults (over 19 years) entries here

Primary School and Secondary School entries here