Ends on April 3, 2017

The Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Art Prize offers an exceptional opportunity for students currently in the final year of their undergraduate study within the United Kingdom.

The first prize is a year-long £20,000 Fellowship based in the Woon Tai Jee studio located at BALTIC 39 in Newcastle’s city centre. It includes mentoring from staff from both institutions and a one person exhibition with catalogue at the end of the Fellowship. There are two runner-up prizes of £9,000 and £6,000

10 artists will be shortlisted from the open submission for an exhibition, held in BALTIC’s beautiful, top floor project space at BALTIC 39 and the solo exhibition, which concludes the Fellowship, at Northumbria University’s Gallery.

BALTIC and Northumbria University, as an important aspect of their partnership activities, offer the The Woon Foundation Prize jointly. Now in its fifth year, the Prize is open to all UK undergraduate Fine Art students who are in their final year of study, graduating in summer 2017.

The Prize is fee-free and open submission via woonprize.co.uk and it will be selected and judged by a jury including Laurence Sillars, BALTIC Chief Curator; Hilary Lloyd, artist and Turner Prize-nominee; Holly Hendry, artist and inaugural recipient of Woon Foundation Prize; and chaired by Christine Borland, Turner Prize-nominated artist and Professor, Northumbria University.

The Woon Foundation very generously funds these major prizes and each year to the value of £35,000. A further £5,000 funds an artist fee of £300 for all 10 shortlisted artists and a further £200 per artist to cover their travel and accommodation to attend the prize giving ceremony at BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne. 

Wee Teng Woon, one of the Foundation trustees studied law at Northumbria and is also passionate about creating opportunities for final year art students.

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Please read these notes before attempting to complete the application form, so that you provide us with all the information we need to deal with your application as quickly as possible and without having to ask you to provide additional or missing information at a later stage.  If you fail to provide the information required by the University, or provide false or misleading information the University reserves the right to reject your application, revise your fees status or cancel your registration.


The information that you give on your application form will be used for the following purposes only:

  1. To enable your application for entry to be considered
  2. To enable the University to compile statistics, or to assist other organisations or individual research workers to do so, provided that no statistical information which would identify you as a person will be published
  3. To enable the University to initiate your fellowship record

Competition Notices and Terms and Conditions for the Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Art Prizes ('the Art Prizes') at Northumbria University / BALTIC (“Northumbria”) 

Competition Notices

Final year undergraduates of Fine Art painting and sculpture of any Universities in the UK are invited to compete for the Art Prizes. 

The Art Prizes 

The winners shall be awarded the following Art Prizes by the Woon Brothers (“Woon Foundation”):

1st Prize the “Woon Tai Jee Art Fellowship”.

  • The prize money will be in the form of a bursary of £20,000 to be used to pay the costs of the Fellowship at Northumbria’s BxNU Institute for Contemporary Art at BALTIC 39 and materials and the balance, if any, for living expenses
  • The winner will be provided with the use of a studio named as 'Woon Tai Jee Studio' in Northumbria’s BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art [BALTIC 39] Newcastle upon Tyne for the duration of the Fellowship
  • The winner shall be given one year of critical and professional development support from a mentor
  • During the Fellowship, the winner will be required to work towards a body of new work, which will be exhibited in a solo show in one of Northumbria University’s Galleries
  • The purpose of this prize and Fellowship is to offer a fine art graduate a structured opportunity for professional development, to further develop their studio practice and critical and conceptual understanding 
  • The programme of support will be designed to meet the individual needs of the Fellow and in deciding the winner, judges will be looking to identify a participant whose practice will benefit most from the opportunities offered

2nd Prize the “Lim Ai Fang Art Prize” will be in the form of prize money of £9,000

3rd Prize the “Cheong Kam Hee Art Prize” will be in the form of prize money of £6,000

Shortlisted Artists Fee and Expenses Bursary

Each shortlisted artist will receive an artist fee of £300.
Each shortlisted artist will also receive a £200 bursary to cover their travel and accommodation to attend the prize giving ceremony at BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne in June 2017. 

The awarding of the Art Prizes will be at the end of the academic semester two and notified to the shortlisted artists by Northumbria by email.

Winners for the Art Prizes will be required to attend a prize giving ceremony to claim the prizes on 29th June 2017 and will notified by BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art by email.

How to enter

Entry is by an online application and by the deadline of Noon 31st March 2016.

 1. Participants are required to submit: 

  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV )
  • Contact details of two referees 
  • A 500-word artist’s statement outlining the participant's reasons for wishing to become a Fellow and how the Fellowship would benefit his or her development and current fine art practice. 
  • Eight images of current work

 2. Entries are limited to paintings and sculptures under the following conditions:

  • Participants can submit a maximum of 2 works (i.e. 2 paintings or 2 sculptures or 1 painting and 1 sculpture).
  • Each painting or sculpture must correspond to the collection-holding stipulations of the Woon Foundation: wall-mounted works will be exhibited in a 6’ X 6’ square; free standing works will be stored and displayed (with as few assemblage requirements as possible) within a 6’ X 6’ X 6’ cube.

Short listing 

  1.  All shortlisted participants are required to exhibit their works in an exhibition at BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne. 
  2. The works of all shortlisted participants will be published in an accompanying digital exhibition catalogue.
  3. The judging panel will select the winners from the shortlisted participants and the winners will be announced at the special preview of the exhibition on Thursday 29 June 2017.
  4. BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art’s technical team and curator will arrange transportation of the shortlisted artist’s work to be delivered to BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne. The costs of this transportation and return to the artist will be covered by BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northumbria University and not at the expense of the shortlisted artist.
  5. The shortlisted participants or any participant will 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. 
  6. All shortlisted artists will receive a £300 fee which will be provided in advance of the exhibition preview and award ceremony on Thursday 29 June 2017. In the event a shortlisted artist cannot attend the exhibition preview arrangement will be made to electronically transfer funds to the artist.
  7. Up to £200 is made available to artists to cover travel and accommodation so they may attend the exhibition preview and award ceremony on Thursday 29 June 2017. This will be provided on the day / evening of the exhibition preview and award ceremony on Thursday 29 June 2017.

The Catalogue 

All works submitted to the competition will be available to view in the digital catalogue.


  1. The 1st 2nd and 3rd Prize Winning works must be available to become the property of the Woon Foundation and enter the collection of the Woon Foundation. However the winning participants will retain all statutory and common law rights (e.g. copyright) in their respective winning entry.
  2. 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. 
  3. The digital materials and any texts submitted for the Art Prizes will be archived by the organisers.
  4. 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. 

Judging Criteria 

The panel of judges will be looking for excellence in: 

  • Content 
  • Aesthetic 
  • Technique 
  • Material 

The panel of judges will be looking:

For an awareness of the broader context of painting and sculpture:

  • the medium used
  • the testing of the medium and materials
  • techniques
  • the relationship between conceptual & traditional techniques

To identify participants whose practice will benefit most from the opportunities on offered.


6th February 2017 – Applications open

3rd April 2017 - Participation deadline 

April – May 2017: Short listing of participants

Mid-May: Shortlisted artists notified
29 June 2017: Private View and Prize announcement event
29 June 2017: Exhibition runs until Sunday 6 August 2017

September – October 2017: The Woon Tai Jee Art Fellow takes up their residency at the BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art at BALTIC 39 in Newcastle upon Tyne

Please see further terms and conditions.

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