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 refreshing the face of contemporary art 

A fresh new art competition giving representation to everyone who enters. 

A snapshot of the true face
of contemporary art now.

  • Are you a practicing artist?

  • Have you entered art competitions and failed to make the final shortlist?

  • Are you inspired by the real 21st Century world around you only to find that fruit bowls, floral patterns and hyperreal portraiture are the only thing that sells?  


We've got a new deal for you
with a new kind of art award. 

It wouldn't be an art award without a big prize to help support your future practice. We've got that covered with £3000 for the main award. 

It wouldn't be an art award without the chance to exhibit in a final show. We've got that covered with our Refresh Art Award exhibition, showcasing our favourite 24 entries in June 2021 in London. 

In addition, EVERY SINGLE artist who enters will be showcased in our online gallery for the month of the show and beyond.


"How convenient it is to declare that everything is totally ugly within the habit of the époque, rather than applying oneself to extract from it the dark and cryptic beauty, however faint and invisible it is."

Charles Baudelaire

More importantly we'll promote your work from the time you enter. So if you enter early, you might get up to 6 months of ad hoc advertising for your practice, art and website.

We firmly believe that while not everyone who enters an award can get the top prize, you are still the face of contemporary art. If you're making work then you represent today's art world every bit as much as someone who is selling through a gallery, or has been selected for several prestigious prizes, or is written about in magazines, or has more cosy a relationship with the gatekeepers of the art world.  

While we have prizes and an exhibition for a lucky few, you are all the true picture of contemporary art. So we will do our best to represent you throughout the prize, and let people who see the work judge for themselves.