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.
Proud to be borderless and open to international entries.
The Refresh Art Award was set up in 2017 as a biannual art award to showcase contemporary artists who were making art about the world around them, and not just fruit bowls, flowers and hyperreal portraiture that sells.
We had an amazing first show, and are back in 2021 with even more ways to connect with the art that's really going on in the world.
We're a new kind of art award that really values every entry.
We've got a £3000 prize for our main award.
We'll put on a final show in London in November 2021 for all the shortlisted artists.
EVERY SINGLE artist who enters will be in our website gallery during 2021, plus feature in ad hoc social media advertising.
But we've got some new things for 2021...
"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."
Image Liz Monaghan, 2019 finalist.
Shortlisted artists in the final show get paid.
What's this craziness you say? You didn't misread. Our shortlisted artists in the show will all get a small token payment to open a dialogue with the bigger shows about artist pay.
We firmly believe that while not everyone who enters an award can get the top prize, you are still the face of contemporary art. So we will do our best to showcase you throughout the prize, and let people who see the work judge for themselves.