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Durham University

Art Collection

How to Apply

Key dates

  • Applications close 5pm on 15th February 2021.
  • Shortlisting will then take place by a judging panel.
  • The Art Prize Exhibition, showcasing all shortlisted artworks, will be launched during Easter break 2021. The exhibition will primarily be online, with an accompanying physical display in a university building if possible.
  • Three prize-winners will be selected by a second judging panel (including an invited VIP artist, curatorial, alumni, and academic representatives).
  • Prize-winners will be presented with their awards at a dedicated celebration event on 17th June 2021.
  • The Art Prize Exhibition will remain online for the long term and be archived digitally into ‘past art prizes’ on the university website. Any physical display that is able to go ahead will remain on display until March 2022.

Submission process

  • Only submissions from current, registered students will be accepted.
  • To submit an entry, download the online form, complete and email to
  • You may submit up to 5 digital images of the submitted artwork. Each digital image must be in JPEG or TIFF (or MP4 for film) format only and no larger than 4mb. Images should be attached to the submission email or clearly named and sent via wetransfer to
  • All submissions must be accompanied by the 100-word interpretation requested in the submission form, linking the artwork to the prize’s theme.
  • The deadline for applications is 5pm on 15th February 2021.
  • Only one submission permitted per student.
  • You may also submit your application as an audio recording, please contact to chat further.

The artwork

  • Judging will be from the submitted digital files, therefore all artworks must be able to be represented in a digital image for 2D and 3D artworks or MP4 for film and performance works.
  • All artistic media will be considered, including performance, photography and film.
  • If successfully shortlisted, one of the images/files you submit with the your application will be used in the online exhibition.
  • All shortlisted artworks will be displayed in an online exhibition as part of the University’s Summer in the City arts festival,
  • On the occasion of a physical display of shortlisted artworks being possible, the installation and exhibition of artworks will be discussed with each individual artist. The University reserve the right to not exhibit your artwork physically if a safe and secure display method cannot be found. In the event of a physical exhibition, student artists are responsible for the delivery and collection of artworks. Any artwork not collected within 14 days of the exhibition closing will be disposed of by the university as it sees fit.
  • The artwork submitted must be available for the duration of any proposed physical shortlist display (April 2021 to March 2022).

Please contact us at

1. If there is another way you would like to apply, which you would find more accessible than the suggestions above

2.If you need support with completing the submission form

3. If you have any additional questions about the prize