TALP Open 2024

TALP Competition

WIN! In our annual open art competition, The Artist and Leisure Painter Open Art Competition, in partnership with Patchings Art Centre. 

  • Enter your two-dimensional works in any media (including drawings, paintings, printmaking and digital artwork) in one of our two categories:
  1. Amateur painters in the Leisure Painter category
  2. Experienced and professional artists in The Artist category

Please ensure you select the correct category when entering. Artists cannot enter both categories. Entering both categories may result in disqualification at the judging stage.

  • Young Artists can enter two-dimensional works in any media in one of our two categories:
  1. Aged under 18*
  2. Aged 18-30

*Children under the age of 18 will need permission to enter the competition from a parent or responsible adult. Adults can enter on their behalf by adding the artists name and age with the image title when uploading the entry.

Entries for all categories will close at midday on 9 April 2024

Make 2024 the year you win BIG with our fantastic art prizes worth a total of more than £19,000!


TALP competition entries

Past TALP entries by: Susanna Macinnes, Paulette Farrell and Craig Lee

Please note before entering
  • If you have already started an entry but are yet to submit it, you can continue by clicking the 'Manage existing entries' button
  • Your entry fee covers up to THREE or up to SIX artworks. Only complete your entry when you have uploaded all of the images you wish to enter
  • Young Artists entry fees cover TWO artworks in any media for those artists aged 18-30 and ONE artwork for those aged under 18
  • Upload digital files of your image(s) before paying your entry fee. Entries will not be submitted until payment has been made using our secure server

We have created a step-by-step guide on how to enter our image-based competitions which can be found by clicking here, should you need it.

TALP competition entries

Past TALP entries by: Ashley Allen, Anthony Mashman and Sue Williams

Important information
  • To give more amateur artists the chance to exhibit, just one work of the three or six submitted per entrant will be accepted for exhibition in the Leisure Painter category
  • In the event of your work being selected for exhibition, your details will be shared with Patchings Art Centre for exhibition purposes only
  • Please ensure your contact details are correct and include a phone number in order for us to contact you should your work be selected for exhibition
  • By entering the competition, you agree to be bound by the conditions of entry 
  • All entrants receive a free complimentary ticket to the 2024 Patchings Art Fest, worth over £14!

Please direct any queries to [email protected]

Closing date: 09/04/2024


Entry prices...

The Artist - up to three artworks


The Artist - up to six artworks


Leisure Painter - up to three artworks


Leisure Painter - up to six artworks


18 to 30 Young Artist of the Year - up to two artworks


Under 18 Young Artist of the Year - one artwork

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By entering this competition, you are agreeing to our standard competition terms and any specific terms for this competition.

Meet the judges of this competition

David Curtis
David Curtis

David Curtis is vice president of the Royal Society of Marine Artist, a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and patron of the Pure Watercolour Society. He has served on the selection committee of the Singer & Friedlander/SundayTimes watercolour competition and the board of governors of the Federation of British Artists. David has won many awards for his work and exhibits extensively; his paintings are held in private collections in the UK and abroad and he has had many books published on his work, as well as DVD films.

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Haidee-Jo Summers Vproi Rsma

My work is a celebration of sea, wind, sky, light and life revealed in rich and vibrant oil paint using my personal visual language of fresh and direct brushmarks. Painting en plein air is central to my practice but I also develop favourite themes in the studio and am an avid sketcher. I strive for simplicity and economy and to make every mark count. I'm a full member of the Royal Institute of Oil painters and an Associate member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists.

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Liz Wood

Liz Wood From head of art department to self-employed artist, Liz is now working with her family in founding and developing Patchings Art Centre whilst teaching workshops and painting.

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Sally Bulgin 3
Sally Bulgin

Sally Bulgin has a BA in painting and art history and an MA and PhD in art history. She is editor of The Artist magazine and author of Oils Masterclass, Acrylics Masterclass and Light in Watercolour with Lucy Willis, published by HarperCollins, and Ken Howard A Personal View published by David & Charles

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Ingrid Lyon

Ingrid Lyon has a BA(Hons) in history and linguistics. She has been editor of Leisure Painter for nearly 20 years and has a passion for drawing and painting.

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