The SOLO Award 2018

The SOLO Award 2018


Call for Applications




30 May - 7 June 2018


Chiara Williams


Call for Applications: The SOLO Award™ 2018

The SOLO Award™ is an annual contemporary art prize open to artists of all ages, working in all media. The finalists are exhibited in a group show each spring and the overall winner receives a cash prize and a solo exhibition at the London Art Fair each January.

The SOLO Award is an entirely not-for-profit project, now in its 7th year. Aimed at supporting the careers of emerging and mid-career artists, the award broadens audiences by presenting the winners' ambitious and creatively risk-taking solo projects within the established commercial context of the London Art Fair, which attracts an annual 30K+ visitors. By bridging the non-profit and commercial art worlds, and involving a respected selection panel of art world professionals, the SOLO Award is a unique, independent prize for artists who feel they are demonstrating strong potential or are at a pivotal point in their careers.

Each year, the SOLO Award invites an independent panel of art world professionals to choose their winner. Previous judges have included: Sarah Monk, Robin Klassnik, Lisa Le Feuvre, Francesco Pantaleone, Gordon Cheung, Danielle Arnaud, Fedja Klikovac, Kate Brindley, Cherry Smyth, Lisa Milroy, Alison Wilding, Charlotte Mullins, Ceri Hand, Gill Saunders, Sheila McGregor, Helen Sumpter, Kate Davis, Deb Covell.


  • SOLO exhibition @ London Art Fair 2019
  • £1000 cash
  • Support & mentoring
  • GROUP exhibition for shortlisted finalists 30 May - 7 June 2018 (PV Tuesday 29 May 6-9pm) @ Chiara Williams Contemporary Art @ The Cello Factory, London


  • Sarah Martin (Head of Exhibitions, Turner Contemporary)
  • Alistair Hicks (Writer, Curator, former Senior Curator at Deutsche Bank)
  • Sarah Monk (Director London Art Fair)
  • Chiara Williams (Chair & Director Chiara Williams Contemporary Art)

Selection Panel

  • Kyung Hwa Shon (winner SOLO Award 2015)
  • Enzo Marra (painter)
  • Shaun Stamp (artist)
  • Chiara Williams (Chair & Director Chiara Williams Contemporary Art)


Open to artists of all ages 18+, working in all media, of all nationalities, but must be based in the UK or ROI (i.e. living or working or studying). 

Application Deadline

30 March 2018

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