Submissions to the Contemporary Art Society Annual Award 2015

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Deadline for proposals to the 2015 award is Thursday 25 June at 5pm.

The Application Process

Deadline for proposals to the 2015 award is Thursday 25 June 2015 at 17.00.

The members of the Annual Award 2015 jury are:
Michael Archer, Professor of Art, Critic
Annie Fletcher, Chief Curator, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven
Haroon Mirza, Artist
Polly Staple, Director Chisenhale Gallery

The Judges will meet in July 2015 to shortlist proposals. Shortlisted museums and artists will then be asked to submit a more detailed proposal. £1,000 will be available to all shortlisted museums to work up a detailed proposal, particularly to cover the artist’s time and contribution.

Detailed proposals to be submitted by Friday 30 October 2015 at 17.00.

The winners will be announced at a reception in late November at the Barbican, London.  

Proposals can be submitted by post to: Contemporary Art Society, 59 Central Street, London, EC1V 3AF, or by email to

It is the responsibility of the applicant to check proposals have been received.

All decisions will be taken exclusively by the Judges. This has been agreed so that staff of the Contemporary Art Society will be able to assist all applicants in both first and second stage proposals without being able to influence decisions. The winning museum and artist will be offered as much support as is required throughout the commissioning process.

Step 01: Outline Proposal
We require an outline proposal of no longer than two sides of A4, including the name of the artist who will work on the commission with some information on their practice and why they have been selected in relation to the museum’s collection.

Please confirm that the artist has agreed, in principal, to work with you and that they are fully aware of the proposal. Please include the artist’s CV and up to 10 images of their previous work. Please format your application as a PDF.

The commissioning process is necessarily unpredictable and there is no expectation at this outline stage that you will have information regarding the artist’s ideas for the new work. By reflecting on past works made by the artist, give a clear description of why you feel that the interests and concerns that run through their practice makes a good fit with your existing collection or your acquisition policy. If it is a point of departure, a description of why the commission will be influential within your collection would be useful.

Step 02: Detailed Proposal
The Detailed Proposal should offer much more information on the project and will include production information, budgets and some considered information from the artist.

The full details of what will be required will be agreed by the Judges when the shortlisted museums and artists are confirmed.

Step 03: Winning Proposal
This will be announced in November 2015

It is preferred that the winning museum will be able to commit to completing and exhibiting the work within 12 months.

For updates see our CALL FOR ENTRIES: £40,000 Annual Award for Museums 2015 mail-out.