Open Call for Artists - About the Art Prize

The Sunny Art Prize is an international art prize hosted by Sunny Art Centre, London. This fine art competition, based in the UK, is a global platform offering art opportunities for emerging and established artists to showcase their artworks internationally. The exhibiting galleries are located in cities across the world,  including London, Beijing and Shanghai. The art contest also gives the art prize-winners the opportunity to be part of a one-month artist residency. The Artist Residency Programme is organised in collaboration with established Chinese art institutions and it provides the chance to engage with historically and culturally rich places in China. 

The art competition welcomes submissions from all over the world. The diversity of the prize is also reflected by the variety of art practices it represents, from two-dimensional work such as paintings, drawings and photography to three-dimensional sculptures and ceramics, as well as contemporary installations, mixed media artworks, video and digital work. 

The Sunny Art Prize 2020 is now open for submissions. Please visit our “Apply Now” page.

First Prize

Second Prize

Third Prize

The Prize Winners will be joined by 27 shortlisted artists in a group exhibition at the Sunny Art Centre, London. From these 27, 7 artists will be selected to exhibit their works at one of our partners’ galleries in China along with the three Prize winners.


Exhibit your work globally in prestigious galleries from London to Shanghai.

Win from a cash fund of £6,000 to expand your practice.

Win the First Prize and get an exclusive 1-month solo exhibition in the heart of London at the Sunny Art Gallery.

Participate in a residency in Asia, and engage with historically and culturally rich destinations in China.

Reach audiences worldwide by showcasing your work online to over 100,000 visitors.

Be included in the finely printed catalogue released internationally for each edition of the Prize.

Submissions are accepted from every country in the world and are all equally judged. Please note that you must be at least 18 years old to enter the competition.
Entries may include:

  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Ceramic
  • Original Prints
  • Installation Art
  • Mixed Media (both wall-hung and three-dimensional)
  • Video Art (Including moving image, projected work, and digital installations)
  • Drawing

Size Restrictions

All 2D work such as painting, drawing, projected videos (including moving images and installation) must be 120x120cm in size max.

All three-dimensional work, including sculptures, ceramics, and mixed media artworks, must be 80x80x80cm max in size. Installation art (whether made of mixed media or digital) must be assembled on site at the exhibiting location and can reach 100x100x100cm max.

What Do We Look For?

We wish to find artists who are engaging with pressing contemporary issues.

Winners of previous editions did so by raising awareness of global issues and themes ranging from climate change, the current international debate regarding immigration and refugees to our perception of identity, gender, and much more.

Feedback from Previous Shortlisted Artists

Find out more about what the shortlisted artists and winners of previous editions experienced and thought of the Sunny Art Prize programme. Check their feedback and stories on the residency, the exhibitions, and more on the previous edition page here.


The complete catalogue with all the participating artists of the Sunny Art Prize 2019. Order now and get the catalogue for the 2018 edition for free!

Contains photographs of all shortlisted artworks and a statement from each artist highlighting the conceptual framework of their practice and of the exhibited artworks.

Order now and receive a complimentary tote bag in fine black cotton with gold embossing from us (bag size 38 x 30cm).

Format: Linen hardback cover (silver embossing)

Dimensions: 21x21cm

Through painting, sculpture, ceramics, video art, 3D work and installations, our shortlisted artists are engaging with themes such as colonialism, the current climate emergency and sharp extinction rates in the natural world, war and conflict, housing crises, mental health, identity, and consumerism.

£35.00 £16.00 (ex. VAT)