05/11/2021 - 07/11/2021

Admission: Free. No pre-booking required.


Key dates for 2021
Call for entries open: Thursday, 1 July 2021
Deadline for entries: Tuesday, 31 August 2021 (11:59pm)
Ten finalists announced: Monday, 4 October 2021
Prize-giving: Thursday, 4 November 2021
Exhibition dates: Friday 5 – Monday 7 November 2021

The Awards

This year, Robert Walters are proud to offer three prizes, for which each of our ten shortlisted artists will eligible.
First Prize: £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.
Second Prize: £5,000 cash prize
People’s Choice Award: The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be decided by a public vote during the virtual exhibition, open from 5 November – 10 December and will be announced Monday, 13 December. The winner will have the opportunity to take part in one of UK New Artists’ international presentations.


The Robert Walters Group and UK New Artists (UKNA), 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. The selected shortlisted artists will be invited to the awards evening held on Thursday, 4 November at the Gallery where the winners of the award will be announced. The exhibition will be open to the public Friday 5 – Monday 8 November 2021.

“The past year has been difficult for a number of industries and even more so for our arts and culture sector – an industry that simply would not have the chance of survival were it not for both public and private funding. Providing a steppingstone for ambitious individuals is what the foundation of Robert Walters Group is built on. And now, more than ever, when so many people have had a rare opportunity to step into and act on their genuine passions – such as the arts – I feel proud that we are able to champion such inspiring work in the hope of launching careers from the next generation of exceptional artists.”, Robert Walters, CEO of Robert Walters Group

“The 2019 Awards discovered some of the most compelling new artists working today and I’m excited to see how a new generation has faced the extraordinary pressures and challenges of the last year and how this will inform their artistic practice as they look to the future.”, Michelle Bowen, Director of UK New Artists

Further details on such as theme, selection criteria, eligibility criteria, financial support for shortlisted artists can be found in the application page.

About Robert Walters Group

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

About UK New Artists (UKNA)

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.

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