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The Batsford Prize 2018 is open for entries

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Batsford presents The Batsford Prize 2018 for students, with a prize pot worth £7,000 and a new international category.

There are five categories to enter for UK students, with Batsford awarding a £500 cash prize to the winner of each category. Art supplier Cass Art are supporting the award for the third year running, presenting The Cass Art Award, a further £500 cash prize for the overall winner across the categories.

New for this year is the introduction of The Batsford Prize International, a separate illustration category open to students studying at institutions outside of the UK, with the winner receiving a $500 USD cash prize from Batsford.

Winners across the domestic and international categories will also receive Batsford books, £50 worth of books for themselves and £500 worth of books for their college. Two runners up in each category will also receive £50 worth of books.


Open to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying at a UK institution:

• Applied Art
• Fine Art
• Fashion
• Illustration
• Children’s Illustration (presented by Pavilion Children’s Books)

Plus: The Cass Art Award for overall winner


Open to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying at a non-UK institution:

• Illustration


The theme of The Batsford Prize 2018 is ‘Craving Colour’. Entries should show innovative and well-crafted interpretations of colour, in terms of subject or materials used, or a combination of the two.

The last day for entries is 28 March 2018, the shortlisted candidates will be announced in April and the winners will be revealed at an awards event in London in May 2018

More information on how to enter here.