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A national art competition, looking for the most Contemporary British Painting will be coming to three local art galleries this summer.

The ‘Contemporary British Painting Prize’ is an artist led organisation which explores and promotes current trends in British painting through group exhibitions, talks, publications and the donation of paintings to art museums.

Since 2016, they have held a competition to identify the most contemporary British painting that year. This year over 680 artists submitted entries which only goes to confirm the sheer strength, vitality and creative energy which is taking place in the field of painting today.

Between 24 August and the 22 October, they will be holding an exhibition in the Stables Gallery at Orleans House Gallery. The show, curated by Robert Priseman, will feature three paintings by each of the 12 finalists.

The shortlisted artists are from across the globe, but based in the UK. They include:

Michael Ajerman, Jake Clark, Jadé Fadojutimi, Louise Giovanelli, Juliette Losq, Cara Nahaul, Simon Parish, Narbi Price, Alli Sharma, Joan Sugrue, Molly Thomson, Helen Turner.

The winning artist will be announced on Saturday 26 August.

Cllr David Linnette, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Art, said:

“It is a great honour to host these awards. The exhibition will present the best in contemporary painting, and the diversity of current practice.

“I am looking forward to seeing all the submissions and finding out who the winner will be. I hope many other residents go along to see this exhibition.”

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