Dorset Art Prize

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Dorset Art Prize - entries open!

Bournemouth & Poole College are proud to host the seventh annual instalment of the Dorset Art Prize

Free to enter, the Dorset Art Prize has a number of categories to allow emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience. 

The Dorset Art Prize was established by the College in 2014, with the support of Dorset Community Foundation Trust. 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. St Mary's School, Shartsbury, Dorset, Art, Competition, Creative

Theme for 2020 - Youth

The theme for this year’s Dorset Art Prize is ‘Youth’. Entrants are encouraged to interpret and explore this in broad and figurative ways, as well as more literal considerations on the theme. All shortlisted art work will be showcased in Poole Museum, where the final will take place in November, and will be on display for the public to see.

The awards on offer include:

•    Years 10 and 11 Dorset school students - Open to any student in year 10 or 11 
(1st Prize £1,000, 2nd Prize £500, 3rd Prize £250) 
•    Years 12 and 13 Dorset school students – Open to any student in year 12 or 13 
(1st Prize £1,000, 2nd Prize £500, 3rd Prize £250)
•    19+ Art Prize - Open to all Dorset based adults. 
(1st Prize £1,000, 2nd Prize £500, 3rd Prize £250)
•    Community Art Prize - £500 will be awarded to a community art group who demonstrate outstanding art as part of a group project
•    School Prize - £500 will be awarded to the school who the judges think have shown outstanding participation and who have demonstrated a wide range of talent

(N.B. Due to the current situation concerning COVID-19, we have reviewed the Dorset Art Prize and revised the prize structure accordingly) 

The Dorset Art Prize for 2020 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.Art Prize submission

Important information

Submission deadline closes on 15th July 2020
  • Prize winners and runners up will be notified by The College by 28th September 2020
  • If you have not been contacted by this date then unfortunately you have not been selected for the 2020 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.
  • Poole Museum will take a small percentage of funds from any artwork sale to support the running of the Museum.  To do this the Museum will mark all saleable artwork up by 30% from the value an artist states on the entry form.  VAT will also be added to this value.

Entry Criteria


Awards and Judges


2019 Winners

Submit Your Work
Please provide the artwork dimension measurements. H in cm W in cm
Is this piece of artwork framed?
Does this piece of artwork require a stand or plinth?
Please provide a brief description of the artwork you are submitting along with the media and techniques used.
If you are a lucky prize winner your artwork will be on display at Poole Museum. For insurance purposes we will need to share your contact details with the museum, and the museum only. Please confirm your consent.
All finalists artwork will be displayed in Poole Museum. For insurance purposes, please confirm an estimated value of your artwork.
In the instance that a potential buyer is interested in purchasing your artwork, do you give Poole Museum permission to sell it? Please note Poole Museum will add 30% commission and VAT to the price of your artwork.
Please confirm the amount you would be happy to sell your piece for?
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