Picton Art Prize

Picton Art Prize 2015
Designer: Arran Scott Lidgett

The Picton Art Prize aims to give early-career UAL artists the opportunity to create a new public art work to be installed at Angel Gate in Islington.

UAL artists are invited to submit proposals for a new work to be realised and installed by December 2015. Applicants will be judged on the quality and originality of their work (existing and proposed), the appropriateness of the work to the site, and the ability of the Prize to enhance their future development as practitioners. 

A cash prize of £3,000 will be awarded to the winning artist, plus a budget of £10,000 for the production and installation of the work at Angel Gate.

All shortlisted candidates will receive £250 to cover time and expenses for the shortlisting process.

The winning work will be unveiled at a high-profile event hosted by Picton Capital at Angel Gate in December 2015.

Who can apply

The competition is open to current UAL students and recent UAL graduates (up to three years after graduation).

International students may apply if they are eligible to remain in the UK until 31 December 2015 in order to complete the commission.

Key dates and application process

Application deadline: 5pm on Friday 17 July 2015

Interview date: Wednesday 2 September 2015


Artists are invited to submit a PDF proposal (max 10 pages) via the online application portal, addressing all elements of the competition brief.

Proposals must include:

  • Artist statement.
  • Description of proposed sculpture/ 3D art including, including size and materials.
  • Proposed budget (broken down into artists fee, materials and fabrication costs, insurance, installation and transport costs etc.).
  • Safety considerations (if applicable).
  • Installation process and maintenance/upkeep schedule (if applicable).
  • Concept sketches/ images of the proposed sculpture (max 5).
  • Images of past work (max 5).
  • CV (please remove personal contact details before submitting).


A shortlist of eight candidates will be made by an initial selection panel. All shortlisted candidates will enter into a project agreement with UAL and will receive £250 to cover time and expenses for the shortlisting process.

Shortlisted candidates will be given an opportunity to visit the proposed site on 5 August 2015 to meet with the site manager and consultants for the development.


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to deliver a presentation to the judging panel on 2 September 2015.

Winner announced

The winner will be announced by the end of September 2015.

Apply now

Applications for 2015 are now closed.