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Student Art Prize 2023/24

This year’s theme is PARADISE

Thanks to the ongoing generosity of Durham's alumni, we are again offering a separate prize fund for photography this year. You can find out more about this year’s theme and how to apply below. 

The prize funds for 2023/24 are as follows:

  • Richard Roberts Prize: £1500 (Overall prize for both Art and Photography categories) 
  • Art 1st Place Prize: £750 
  • Art 2nd Place Prize: £500 
  • Art 3rd Place Prize: £250
  • Photography 1st Place Prize: £750
  • Photography 2nd Place Prize: £500
  • Photography 3rd Place Prize: £250
  • People’s Vote: £200 as voted for by you!


Student Art Prize 'Art School'

Our ‘Art Prize Art School’ offers a programme of free artist workshops, talks, films and resources to inspire you to apply for the Student Art Prize. Although the University does teach practical art courses, the ‘Art Prize Art School’ has become a regular part of the University’s student art programme, supporting you to create new work, hone your artistic skills and support your mental well-being. 

A limited number of Art Packs, containing creative materials to get you started, are also available as part of the ‘Art Prize Art School’ programme. 

The Art School can be accessed via the University’s arts festival website, where previous Art School resources are still available. 

Find out more information on this year’s programme.

Find out more

Explore our Student Art Prize FAQs, find out how to apply, and discover our past prizes.

Student Art Prize FAQs

Get answers to your questions on the Student Art Prize, such as how to approach the theme, what mediums to use, and what the prerequisites are.

How to Apply

You can find out how to apply to the Student Art Prize, along with the guidelines and submission form you will need to read before submitting.
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Past Prizes

Our annual Student Art Prize was established in October 2019. Explore images, exhibitions, information and prize winners from previous year’s prizes.
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