Solo Awards, 10 days to deadline | Call for Entries

Chiara Williams Contemporary Arts

The SOLO Award™ is an annual contemporary art prize open to artists of all ages, working in all media. The finalists are exhibited in a group show each spring and the overall winner receives a cash prize and a solo exhibition at the London Art Fair each January.

Now in its 6th year, the SOLO Award is an entirely not-for-profit project. Aimed at supporting the careers of emerging and mid-career artists, the award broadens audiences by presenting the winners’ ambitious and creatively risk-taking solo projects within the established commercial context of the London Art Fair, which attracts an annual 30K+ visitors. By bridging the non-profit and commercial art worlds, and involving a respected selection panel of art world professionals, the SOLO Award is a unique, independent prize for artists who feel they are demonstrating strong potential or are at a pivotal point in their careers.


The SOLO Award invites an independent panel of art world professionals to choose their winner. Previous judges have included: Sarah Monk, Francesco Pantaleone, Gordon Cheung, Danielle Arnaud, Fedja Klikovac, Kate Brindley, Cherry Smyth, Lisa Milroy, Alison Wilding, Charlotte Mullins, Ceri Hand, Gill Saunders, Sheila McGregor, Helen Sumpter, Kate Davis, Deb Covell.

SOLO exhibition @ London Art Fair 2018
£1000 cash
support & mentoring

GROUP exhibition for shortlisted finalists31 May – 7 June 2017 (PV Tuesday 30 May 6-9pm)
@ Chiara Williams Contemporary Art @ The Cello Factory, London

The annual call for entries launches at the London Art Fair alongside a presentation of the latest winner of the award.

“Winning the SOLO Award marks a pivotal moment in my artistic career, and I am so grateful to Chiara Williams Contemporary and the SOLO Award 2016 selection panel for their support and confidence in my artistic practice.” – Victoria Lucas- 2016 SOLO Award Winner 



31 March

+ Robin Klassnik (Director Matt’s Gallery)
+ Lisa Le Feuvre (writer, curator, editor, Head of Sculpture Studies Henry Moore Institute, Leeds)
+ Sarah Monk (Director London Art Fair)
+ Chiara Williams (Chair & Director Chiara Williams Contemporary Art)

ELIGIBILITY | open to UK-based artists of all ages, working in all media

For the full list of guidelines, visit Chiara Williams Solo Award

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