Celebrating Self-Expression: Evening Standard Art Prize Returns with ‘A Portrait of You’ Theme

Celebrating Self-Expression: Evening Standard Art Prize Returns with ‘A Portrait of You’ Theme

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Evening Standard Art Prize Returns with £5,000 Cash Prize and Bespoke Fragrance


The Evening Standard Art Prize is back with a £5,000 cash prize and a bespoke fragrance by Editions de Parfum Frédéric Malle for the winner.

Launched in 2017, the competition provides a valuable platform for artistic talents across the UK to showcase their work to an esteemed judging panel and catch the attention of important industry figures.

This year, artists in the fields of sculpture, textiles, ceramics, glassware, jewellery, and wood carving are invited to submit a work or a coherent series of works that celebrate self-expression and the individuality and personality that can be conveyed through their art form.

Entries must be the artist’s own work and can be of any size, but they must fit easily through a standard door frame (1981cm x 762cm).

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The competition theme for 2023 is ‘A Portrait of You.’ Entrants are required to submit three to five images of their work from different angles and distances, along with a 150-200 word description of themselves and their submission.

The competition launches on 25 April and runs for six weeks until 15 June 2023.


It is open to all artists except those who have had a solo exhibition in a public institution.

Expert Panel of Judges and Exhibition

Submissions will be judged by an expert panel chaired by Nancy Durrant, Evening Standard’s Culture Editor.

She will be joined by other prominent figures in the arts and culture sector, including Evening Standard Magazine Editor Ben Cobb, perfume icon and brand founder Frédéric Malle, and artist Aowen Jin, among others yet to be announced.

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Once the judges have shortlisted 12 submissions, they will be displayed in an exhibition at Cromwell Place, where the winner will be selected.

The competition provides an excellent opportunity for up-and-coming artists to showcase their work to industry figures and gain exposure.

In previous years, entrants and winners have had their own solo exhibitions and brand collaborations, making the Evening Standard Art Prize a great springboard for their careers.

Get to Know Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle


Frédéric Malle founded his eponymous brand in 2000, and it has since become a pioneer in the perfume industry.

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Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle collaborates closely with talented perfumers to create original and boundary-breaking scents.

The brand’s range of perfumes includes modern-day classics like Portrait of a Lady, Musc Ravageur, and Carnal Flower, as well as luxurious body butters, washes, and oils.

To enter the competition, visit artprize.standard.co.uk. The competition is open to UK residents aged 18 and above.

The winning artwork must be an original piece, may not exceed 1981cm x 762cm, and must be delivered by 4 September 2023.

Finalists must be available to attend an event in London during that week.

The Evening Standard and Frédéric Malle may reproduce the winner’s name, image, and artwork in future marketing.

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