We are delighted to announce the WSA Painting Prize 2024. The Prize celebrates outstanding painting practice at undergraduate level, culminating in an annual exhibition at the Winchester Gallery, University of Southampton, in the Autumn.
We invite higher education institutions that offers either a BA Fine Art or Painting course in the UK and in Greece to participate by nominating a painting student currently enrolled.  Submissions must include paintings and/or work considered as painting in the expanded field.

All submissions are reviewed anonymously and the final selection is made by British artist Vanessa Jackson RA and Greek artist Christiana Soulou. The Prize is an invitation to take part in the Award Exhibition held in The Winchester Gallery in Autumn of 2024.

There will be a Public Event to celebrate, and we broadcast the winners online and on social media outlets.  A list of participating institutions and all the nominated students are also listed on our website. 

The Exhibition is  accompanied by a small publication featuring the winners as well as a long-list of participating institutions.  The publication will be produced and designed by WSA painting students.



20 May 2024 Deadline for Submissions

June 2024 Winning artists announced

Sept - Oct 2024 WSA Painting Prize exhibition

October 2024 Public Event Winchester Gallery


Submissions are accepted by nomination only.  Nominations must be BA students who are invited to submit 3 images of work classified as either painting or work exploring painting in the expanded field. The works selected must be available for collection in summer 2024 through the exhibition in autumn 2024.  The work will be returned or available for collection following.

The nominated student must be an undergraduate BA student working in the field of painting and studying on either a BA Fine Art or Painting course

Each institution can only put forward one student

The three works can be in any medium and up to 130cm x 130cm


The Pro-forma should be completed with three specific works (submission by jpeg of 300dpi and between 2–5 MB) that are representative of the artist’s practice. The jpegs should be titled with the title of the work, the name of the institution and the name of the student (using this format: untitled_artschool_susanjones).

Please send submissions to paintingprize@soton.ac.uk by Monday 20 May 2024. As the subject of the email please use: WSA Painting Prize_NAME OF THE INSTITUTION