Powering a new generation of UK artists to fulfil their unique potential.

The Robert Walters Group and UK New Artists, in collaboration with Saatchi Gallery, is proud to present the Robert Walters Group UK New Artist of the Year Award. The award helps to discover and champion the work of exceptional young artists whose work and vision represent contemporary Britain.

From an open call across the UK, we provide a platform for ten finalists whose work demonstrates a strong and original voice, and is of exceptional artistic quality. In the process, we look for artists who represent the UK's richly diverse population and embody the experiences of their respective communities — artists who create bold, unique pieces of art that reveal their own perspectives and experiences, and who represent original viewpoints that will start new conversations across the UK art scene.

2021 winner announced

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2021 Robert Walters Group UK New Artist of the Year Award, and £10,000 cash prize, is Anne von Freyburg, for her work 'Feminizing The Canvas.’

Anne presented a series of reconstructed Rococo portraits made out of a mixture of tapestry and contemporary fashion fabrics.

The imagery focused on a stylised idea around feminine beauty as found in the tradition of Boucher and Fragonard. Her works raised questions about taste, femininity, high and low art and the constructs of female identity.

See the winning artwork

Congratulations also to Catriona Robertson, second prize winner and recipient of £5,000, for her work 'Burrow Sprout Grow'. 

From a record breaking 963 submissions, 10 finalists were chosen to exhibit their work at Saatchi Gallery in London, from Thursday 4 November through Sunday 7 November 2021. The exhibition continued as virtual gallery 'The Viewing Room', where members of the public could view the artworks and cast their vote for the Public Choice Award. Congratulations to Jarvis Brookfield, winner of the public vote! Jarvis has won an international opportunity with UK New Artists, to be announced soon. 

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About the partners

Robert Walters Group is a global recruitment group committed to powering people and organisations to fulfil their unique potential. With vast experience in helping professionals grow their careers, Robert Walters Group is now aiming to help emerging UK artists express their unique voices and launch their artistic careers.

For more information, visit www.robertwaltersgroup.com.

UK New Artists (UKNA) is a registered national charity that champions the next generation of creativity, supporting collaboration and intercultural dialogue, ensuring a vibrant and diverse creative future for the UK. We develop artists’ practice through cross art form opportunities and celebrate creativity at national & international festivals.

Learn more at www.uknewartists.co.uk.

Since 1985, Saatchi Gallery has provided an innovative platform for contemporary art. Exhibitions have presented works by largely unseen young artists, or by international artists whose work has been rarely or never exhibited in the UK. This approach has made the Gallery one of the most recognised names in contemporary art. Since moving to its current 70,000 square foot space in the Duke of York’s Headquarters in Chelsea, London, the Gallery has welcomed over 10 million visitors. The Gallery hosts over 5,000 schools visits annually and has over 6 million followers on social media. In 2019 Saatchi Gallery became a charity, beginning a new chapter in its history.

For more information, visit www.saatchigallery.com.