Please note that applications have now closed. The guidelines below are for information only.


100 Painters of Tomorrow focuses on emerging painters working anywhere in the world. There is no age limit for entry, but each of the selected artists will have gained professional recognition in the last five years through their education, and/or gallery representation and/or in the production of a significant body of work. There are no specific educational or professional criteria for selection but eligible applicants should have achieved one or more of the following:

  • a recognized degree from an accredited institution
  • gallery representation
  • inclusion in a solo or group exhibition
  • completion of one or more accomplished series of works in painting
  • proven dedication to the craft of painting through significant achievement in the studio or recognition elsewhere


Applicants should work primarily with paint or ground their artistic practice in painting. All work in paint-based media will be accepted, whether two-dimensional pieces, three-dimensional constructions, or other works that centrally involve the activity of painting, including installation, video-based and performance. Monoprints and monotypes will also be considered but editioned prints, digital paintings, photographs, traditional forms of sculpture, photography and video are not eligible.

Applicants may submit up to 4 images for consideration in either jpeg, png or gif formats. Applicants working with video can upload up to 4 still single frames of their work in an acceptable format. Please note that if your work is selected for inclusion in the publication, you will in due course need to submit high resolution files suitable for printing, at a minimum of 350dpi and a minimum size of 275 x 230mm.


All entry forms must be submitted directly on this website. Please do not email any correspondence or further information - any applications sent directly by email will be disregarded. Submissions will be accepted via this website from 15 January to 22 March 2013. You may update your application and images at anytime until the deadline closes.


A processing fee of £10 is payable for each application. You will be redirected to Paypal although you do not need a PayPal account to complete the fee, and credit cards are also accepted. Applications must be processed through Paypal and applications submitted without finalised payment will not be accepted.


Submissions were accepted via this website from 15 January to 22 March 2013. The announcement date for the final 100 will be released shortly, and further key dates and news on the project will be posted on the website in due course, so please check back regularly for updates.


If your work is selected, confirmation will be sent to you via email. If your application has not been successful, we regret that we will not be  able to write individually to each applicant. Please ensure that you supply a correct email address since spam filters, inbox limitations and incorrectly supplied email addresses may mean we cannot ensure all successful applicants receive their confirmation emails.


Successful applicants will be included in the book 100 Painters of Tomorrow, to be published by Thames & Hudson in 2014. Successful applicants will receive one complimentary copy of the publication (valued at £30) and will automatically be considered for inclusion in the exhibition launching at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in 2014.


You warrant that your artwork is your original work and does not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third party. If your application is successful, you agree to allow your artworks to be reproduced in all editions of the book 100 Painters of Tomorrow, including in digital form, and in any language in which it may be published throughout the world, as well as in any related publicity material. You also agree to provide any further information about your work as requested by the book's editor, Kurt Beers, including though not limited to further images at high resolution, a full biography and an artist's statement or brief interview.