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The Woon Foundation very generously funds an open call shortlist exhibition - including three major prizes - each year to the total value of £40,000. The 1st prize supports a Fellowship designed to offer a fine art graduate a structured opportunity to further develop their critical and conceptual understanding as well as their studio practice

Woon Foundation Painting & Sculpture Prize is an important component of the partnership between Northumbria University and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.  The Prize is open to all UK undergraduate Fine Art students who are in their final year of study, graduating in summer 2020.

The Art Prizes 

1st Prize the Woon Tai Jee Art Fellowship will include:

  • A year-long Woon Residency in the Woon Tai Jee Studio at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne for the duration of the Fellowship from September 2020 until October 2021
  • A bursary of £20,000 to be used to pay for the Fellowship in the Woon Tai Jee Studio, Northumbria University, and to contribute towards materials and subsistence
  • The requirement to work towards a body of new work, which will be exhibited in a solo show in one of Northumbria University’s galleries in October 2021
  • A mentor to support the critical and professional development of the Fellow

 2nd Prize the Lim Ai Fang Art Prize = £9,000
3rd Prize the Cheong Kam Hee Art Prize = £6,000

We are delighted to be able to offer all ten shortlisted artists 12 months Axisweb membership. Axisweb is an online platform supporting, mentoring and profiling artists. Find out more about Axisweb here.

 Entry Criteria
The following criteria apply to entrants:

  • Applicants must be in the final year of an undergraduate Fine Art degree at a UK University
  • Entries are limited to painting and sculpture

 Application Process
Participants are required to submit: 

  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV )
  • Personal contact details
  • Contact details of two referees 
  • A statement of 500 words outlining the applicant's reasons for wishing to become a Fellow and how the Fellowship would benefit their development and current fine art practice
  • Eight digital images of current work

 Short Listing 

  • Ten artists will be shortlisted from the applications
  • The short listed artists will be required to submit work to an exhibition hosted by Northumbria      University from which the final winners will be selected
  • Artists will be informed by e-mail as to whether they have been shortlisted and sent a Schedule A form which must be used to submit their technical requirements
  • We will do our very best to help realise your ambition for the work but please note the following limitations during the planning stages:

           - The ceiling within the gallery space will not support any significant weight
          - The floors of the gallery cannot be drilled into
          - The entry and exit points to the gallery have the following dimensions 150cm wide x 200cm high with a diagonal of 250cm.  Please ensure that your work can fit through this aperture.
          - Materials that are considered to present an ethical or health & safety risk cannot be accepted i.e. blood, latex etc

  • It is essential that each artist submit their technical requirements by Monday 3 June on the      Schedule A form along with at up to six images of the completed or developing work/s of art. This will enable the curatorial and technical team to consider the requirements of each artist and how best to support them. They will then discuss and agree any modifications that might be required with the artist concerned.
  • The shortlisted artists can submit a maximum of 2 works of art (i.e. 2 paintings or 2      sculptures or 1 painting and 1 sculpture) for display in the exhibition
  • Each shortlisted artist will receive a total of £500 including:

           - A £300 artist fee paid in advance
          - £200 travel and accommodation costs paid during the installation of the exhibition.

  • Shortlisted artists will receive an enhancement to cover the transportation costs of the delivery and removal of their work.
  • Each artist will be allocated a space in the gallery that will have been determined by the      information provided on the Schedule A form and the supporting images.
  • All Artwork must be delivered to Gallery North, Northumbria University by Monday 29 June 2020.      
  • Each artist is responsible for arranging the transportation to and from Northumbria University
  • The exhibition is a curated exhibition and the installation of the work will be organised by the      Northumbria University technical team between Monday 29 June – Wednesday 1 June 2020.
  • The work of each artist will be risk assessed during and after installation and any adjustments      discussed and agreed upon in compliance with the University protocols
  • All packing materials to be provided by the artists and removed for the duration of the exhibition
  • Shortlisted artists will be required to attend the exhibition pre and/or any applicant may not claim against or hold responsible the organisers, Northumbria University, BALTIC and/or the Woon Foundation for  any loss of or damage to their/his/her works of art, however caused, be it fire, theft, negligence, vandalism, acts of terrorism, earthquake or otherwise. 

Judging Criteria 

The panel of judges has been drawn from Northumbria University and BALTIC supported by independent external advisors and the winner of the Woon Foundation Painting & Sculpture Prize 2020 and includes:

  • Emma Dean - Curator, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
  • Charlotte Prodger – Artist, Turner Prize Winner 2018

The judges will be looking for participants whose practice will benefit the most from the opportunities offered. They will be looking for an awareness of the broad context of painting and sculpture in terms of the relationship between conceptual and traditional techniques as well as excellence in terms of: 

  • Content 
  • Aesthetic 
  • Technique 
  • Understanding and development of the medium and materials


  • 2 March 2020: Applications open at woonprize.co.uk
  • 31 July 2020 : Applications close at 17.00

PLEASE NOTE: The remaining timetable of notifying shortlisted artists and when the shortlist exhibition, award ceremony and fellowship will take place will be confirmed at a later date given the current and evolving circumstances of Coronavirus (Covid-19).  


  • The winning works shall be available to become the property of the Woon Foundation
  • Prize winners will retain all statutory and common law rights (e.g. copyright) in their respective winning entry
  • In entering the competition, all participants grant the organisers, Northumbria and/or the Woon Foundation and those authorised by them or any one of them a permanent licence to reproduce the works submitted to create the catalogue, archive the images of submitted works and publicise the works on websites and in any other form of communication chosen by the organisers Northumbria and/or the Woon Foundation
  • The digital materials and any texts submitted for the competition will be archived by the organisers
  • The organisers and/or Northumbria retain the right to change the terms and conditions of the Art Prizes and the rules and regulations of the competition in connection therewith as appropriate.

 General Data Protection Regulation (2018)
The data provided on the application form will be used for the following purposes only:

  • to enable applications to be considered and evaluated
  • to enable the catalogue to be compiled
  • to enable the University to compile statistics, or to assist other organisations or individual research workers to do so, provided that no statistical information could identify any individuals involved without their authority.
  • to enable the University to compile the fellowship record.


Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Art Prize

1. These terms and conditions together with any specific rules set out in Competition Notices (above) are the competition rules and regulations ("the Rules") and apply to the Art Competition. By entering the Art Competition, participants agree to accept and be bound by the Rules.

2. The Art Competition is organised by Northumbria University of Ellison Building, Ellison Place. Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST.

3. In the event of any differences, contradictions or discrepancies between these terms and conditions and the contents in the Competition Notices, participants accept that the contents of the Competition Notices shall prevail.

4. Northumbria reserves the right to cancel or amend the Art Competition or the Rules without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside Northumbria's reasonable control.

5. In the event of any dispute regarding the Rules, the organisation and conduct of the Art Competition and exhibition, results or decision on the Art Prizes and any other matters relating to or in connection with the Art Competition, the Art Prizes, entry works of participants or otherwise, participants agree that the decision of Northumbria shall be final and conclusive and Northumbria and/or the Woon Foundation is under no obligation to respond to any correspondence, communication, discussion or otherwise with any of the participants or otherwise. 


6. Employees (or members of the families or households of employees) of Northumbria or of any organisations, persons or establishments involved in the Art Competition are not eligible to enter the Art Competition. Northumbria reserves the right not to award any of the Art Prizes (and to select an alternative winner) if Northumbria is aware or has reasonable grounds to believe that any participants is not eligible to compete.

7. By entering the Art Competition, participants confirm that all information submitted is true, current and complete and that the entry works are the works of the participant. Northumbria reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all entrants and to check and question on the said entry works.

8. Northumbria reserves the right to disqualify any participants or his/her entry works if it has reasonable grounds to believe that the said participant has breached any of the Rules.

9. In the event that any winner of the Art Prizes is disqualified from the Art Competition, Northumbria in its sole discretion may decide whether a replacement should be made and any replacement shall be judged by the same criteria mentioned above.

Competition Entries

10. Unless stated otherwise in the Competition Notices, each participant may submit a maximum of two of his/her entry works.

11. Competition entries and participation of the Art Competition must be in compliance with the Rules and by the closing date and time specified on the Competition Notices. Failure to do so will disqualify the entries or the participants.


12. Entries will be judged [within 60 days of the closing date specified in the Competition Notices] from all submitted entries.

13. Prize winners will be notified in the manner and within the time specified on the Competition


14. Claims for the Art Prizes must be made in the manner and within the time specified on the Competition Notices. Failure to claim any of the Art Prizes within the time or in the manner specified may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner as Northumbria in its sole discretion deems fit.

15. By entering the competition candidates confirm that should they be awarded the 1st prize of the “Woon Tai Jee Fellowship”, they will accept the said prize and take up the Fellowship position commencing academic year 2020/21 as their first choice regardless of any other postgraduate position or place offered to them by an institution or any other pursuits or endeavours planned for that academic year upon completion of their undergraduate degree.

16. The Art Prizes are non-transferable. Northumbria reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value at any time as it deems fit.

17. The Art Prizes are awarded at Northumbria’s discretion and no prizes will be awarded as a result of improper actions or conduct by or on behalf of any participants. Where entries are being judged on creative or artistic merit or other subjective criteria, Northumbria and/or the judges for the Art Competition (acting reasonably) reserves the right not to select a winner and/or to remove or amend selection criteria and/or the structure and operation of the Art Competition or otherwise if entries are not of the requisite standard.

Intellectual Property Rights & Use of Entries

18. For any entry works submitted by the participants for the Art Competition, the participants agree not to use or submit the same entry works for any other art competitions, exhibitions (other than final year exhibition as required by the participants undergraduate degree course requirements), shows or otherwise pending the announcement of the decision for the Art Prizes.

19. In consideration of Northumbria agreeing to consider participants for the Art Competition and in further consideration of Woon Foundation agreeing to give the Art Prizes, each participant, hereby agrees that Northumbria and/or Woon Foundation (and third parties authorised by Northumbria and/or Woon Foundation) may make any and all entry works available on the website and any other media, whether now known or invented in the future, which may include other internet sites, mobile, television and/or radio or otherwise and the entry works may be made available with advertising, promotion, sponsorship or otherwise. Each participant now grants Northumbria and/or the Woon Foundation (and third parties authorised by Northumbria and/or Woon Foundation) a non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable licence (for the full period of any rights in the entry works) to use, display, publish, transmit, copy, make derivative works or podcasts from, edit, alter, store, re-format, sell and sub-licence or otherwise the entry works for such purposes or otherwise.

20. Northumbria does not guarantee to use or otherwise make available any entry works. Northumbria may also, in appropriate circumstances, and at its sole discretion, reject, any entry works that appear or may appear to be in breach or violate any laws or regulations or otherwise problematic, contentious or litigious (e.g. infringe the copyright or other intellectual property or privacy rights of others, are defamatory etc) or for any other reasons whatsoever.

21. The participant’s entry works and any information submitted by the participant must be personal to and relate specifically to that participant. Each participant hereby warrants that his/her entry works and all information which the participant submits and/or distributes will not infringe or violate the intellectual property, privacy or any other rights and interest of any third party.


22. Northumbria and/or Woon Foundation cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury, suffering or disappointment suffered by any participants entering the Art Competition or as a result of accepting any Art Prizes or failing to receive any Art Prizes from them. Northumbria and/or Woon Foundation is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment or software, failure of any email or entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet, telephone lines or at any web site, or any combination of these, including any injury or damage to participant’s or any other person’s computer or mobile telephone related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in or for the Art Competition or for any reasons whatsoever.

Data Protection and Publicity

23. Winners of the Art Prizes may be requested to take part in promotional activities and

Northumbria and/or Woon Foundation reserves the right to use the names and addresses of such winners, their photographs and audio and/or visual recordings of them in any publicity and such winners consent to the same.

24. Any personal data relating to participants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the individual’s prior consent. Please see Northumbria’s privacy policy for further details: http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/legal/privacy/


25. The Art Competition and the Rules will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England. The competition web pages are only intended to be accessed from the United Kingdom. Northumbria and/or the Woon Foundation makes no representation that materials on the website relating to the Art Competition are appropriate or available for use at other locations and access to them from territories where their contents are illegal is strictly prohibited. If participants access the website outside of the United Kingdom, they are responsible for compliance with all local laws.

For further information regarding entry to the competition, or regarding the exhibition space, technical support etc. please contact:   

Solomon Lennox: solomon.lennox@northumbria.ac.uk

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