Key dates and information

Below, you'll find important information regarding eligibility criteria and important dates for this year's award calendar.

This year's theme

For 2023, the award is interested in works which address the theme, ‘The Journey of Self-Actualization: Exploring the Illusion of Greener Grass and the Pursuit of the Dream’.

Life is often filled with aspirations and dreams, and one common desire is to find the perfect job or career path that brings us fulfillment and self-actualization. However, this pursuit is not always straightforward, and it can be tempting to believe that the grass is always greener on the other side. This years theme revolves around exploring the illusion of greener grass and the journey of self-actualization, , focusing on the following aspect:

Artists are encouraged to reflect on the concept of "greener grass" and how it can deceive us into believing that happiness lies solely in external circumstances, artists can explore the idea that appearances can be deceiving and that true fulfilment comes from within.

Key dates for 2023

  • Thursday, 29 June 2023
    Call for entries open
  • Sunday, 3 September 2023
    Deadline for entries (11:59pm)
  • Monday, 2 October 2023
    Ten finalists announced
  • Thursday, 9 November 2023
    Exhibition and prize-giving event in London

The awards

This year, we are proud to offer three prizes, for which each of our ten shortlisted artists will eligible.

    £10,000 cash prize; the first-prize award winner's work will also be shown at the Robert Walters Group head office in London for a period of twelve months after the award is given.
    £5,000 cash prize
    Decided by a public vote during the virtual exhibition 10th November - 10th December and announced on Tuesday 12th December. The winner will have the opportunity to take part in one of UK New Artists’ international presentations.

Selection criteria

Judges will be looking for works that reflect the following:

Diversity of experience

We're looking for artists who represent the UK's diverse population, and reflect their respective communities.

Diversity of expression

We're looking for artists who create bold, unique pieces of art that reveal their own perspectives and experiences.

Diversity of thought

We're looking for artists who represent unique viewpoints, sparking new conversations within the UK art scene.

In addition to satisfying the requirements above, successful artists will demonstrate a strong and original voice with exceptional artistic quality.

Eligibility criteria

Artist eligibility
To be eligible for the award, you must be aged 18 or over, and within the first ten years of your professional practice, and have the right to live, work or study in the UK. Upon application, we will ask you to define the start of your professional practice using one of the following:

  • the date that you registered as a self-employed artist
  • the first public exhibition or performance you presented
  • your first paid commission
  • the year you completed your education or training 

If you are yet to do any of these things, you must self-define the start of your professional practice. If shortlisted, you must be available to be in London for the prize-giving ceremony on Thursday, 9 November 2023.


Accepted media
Artists must be working within one of the following fields:

    Ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery
    Moving image, performance video, technological arts
    Painting, printmaking, photography, installation, sculpture

Please download our briefing document for artists, which outlines all eligibility requirements as well as the terms and conditions of your participation.

Financial support for shortlisted artists

The Robert Walters Group will provide a stipend of £200 for each of the ten shortlisted artists to attend the awards event in London on Thursday, 9 November, and will cover all shipping costs for works to be delivered to and from Saatchi Gallery.

Before you apply, please download and read the full briefing document. If you have further questions, please email us here