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Recruiter Offers Cash Prize to Artists to Depict What Modern Day ‘Diversity’ Looks Like


Three organisations have joined together to launch a national art award for young artists between the ages of 18 – 30 years, to help illustrate what modern day diversity means to them.

The inaugural Robert Walters Group UK Young Artist of the Year Award in partnership with Saatchi Gallery and charity UK Young Artists (UKYA) will discover and champion exceptional artists who are representative of contemporary Britain.

The brief to artists: ‘Diversity’ will challenge artists up and down the country who represent the UK’s richly diverse population to embody the experiences of their community and help start important conversations in the UK art scene and beyond.

Finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their work at a VIP awards evening on 7 October 2019, hosted at London’s prestigious Saatchi Gallery, where prize winners will be announced.

The winner will receive a cash prize of £10,000 and the artist’s work will be shown at the Robert Walters Group head office in Covent Garden for 12 months and at an international art event with UKYA in 2020. The runner-up will receive £5,000 to help fund their future artistic career.

Judges will include Philippa Adams – Senior Director of Saatchi Gallery, Robert Walters – art collector and CEO of Robert Walters Group, Gavin Turk – artist, Michael Forbes – artist, and Rosalind Davis an artist, writer and UKYA alumni.

Robert Walters, CEO of Robert Walters Group comments: 

“Providing opportunities for ambitious professionals to achieve their potential is the foundation of our business and so we are proud to announce this new Award. We believe it will help launch the careers of the next generation of exceptional UK artists.”

Michelle Bowen, Director, UKYA adds:

“For the last ten years UKYA has championed and supported young artists from all backgrounds living and working in the UK.  We are delighted this new partnership with Robert Walters Group and Saatchi Gallery will help uncover new talent and further develop our mission to promote a vibrant and diverse creative future for the UK.”

Philly Adams, Director, Saatchi Gallery remarks:

“As Saatchi Gallery continues to strive to provide an innovative forum, I am excited to announce a new partnership with Robert Walters and UKYA to provide a platform dedicated to developing the careers of UK’s diverse young talent. This Award will showcase the creative potential of young artists and foster discussions surrounding their relationship to their community”

Deadline for entries is 1st September 2019. For more information about the Robert Walters Group UK Young Artist of the Year Award click here.