TALP Open Competitions

Welcome to the TALP Open Art Competitions

Our TALP Open competition has been running for over 25 years in collaboration with Patchings Art Centre.

This year's competition has now closed, and all entrants have now been notified of their results.

TALP Open is an annual competition for artists of all abilities and experience to enter either the Leisure Painter category for amateur painters, or the The Artist category for more experienced artists up to fulltime professionals. It’s the most inclusive open competition in our market sector, with the final *physical exhibitions held in the galleries at Patchings Art Centre, as well as in our online gallery presentation on PaintersOnline, and viewed by our worldwide community.

*Please note that the exhibitions will take place Covid permitting


As well as the fantastic publicity opportunity our competition offers for our successful entrants, there are also over 35 great prizes to be won worth over £13,500:

The Artist Purchase Prize Award worth up to £3,000

One prize to purchase a work up to the value of £3,000

The Artist Highly Commended Award

A subscription worth £100

The Artist

The Artist has been providing committed painters, from experienced amateurs to professionals, with inspiration and practical painting and drawing demonstrations designed to improve painting techniques since 1931.


Batsford Awards worth £600

Four prizes of Batsford art books to the value of £150 each


Founded in 1843, Batsford is an imprint with an illustrious heritage and an enviable reputation in the areas of design, embroidery and textiles, chess, heritage, art and architecture.


BritishContemporary.art Award worth £1,800

One year’s representation by BritishContemporary.art, the online gallery featuring the best of British artists

British Contemporary Art

Run by Mark David Hatwood, British Contemporary Art is an exciting new online platform for the sale of work from some of the best contemporary artists alive and working today.


Caran d’Ache/Jakar Awards worth £500

Two prizes of £250 worth of art materials

Caran d'Ache/Jakar

Caran d'Ache, established in 1915, produces a wide range of products including coloured pencils, graphite pencils, pastels and more.


Clairefontaine Awards worth £500

Two prizes of £250 worth of art products from the Graphic & Fine Art range


Clairefontaine has been producing high-quality fine art papers and more in the valley of Meurthe for more than 150 years.


Daler-Rowney Awards worth £500

Three prizes of sets of materials to the total value of £500  


Daler-Rowney have been inspiring creativity since 1783, striving to be accessible, inclusive and innovative.


Derwent Awards worth £500 

Two prizes of £250 worth of Derwent art materials   


Derwent has produced a range of art materials that span from the first colouring pencil to the highest professional quality products ­in their British manufacturing plant in the Lake District, Cumbria, UK.


Leisure Painter Award worth £2,600

One prize of a showcase feature on a selected artist in Leisure Painter magazine

Leisure Painter Highly Commended Award

A subscription to Leisure Painter worth £100  

Leisure Painter

Leisure Painter is the number one learn-to-paint magazine featuring practical painting and drawing tutorials from top art tutors.


The Artist Exhibition Awards worth £1,700

Up to 10 selected artists from the 2021 The Artist category will be awarded a mixed exhibition at Patchings Art Centre in 2022, worth £1,700

Patchings Award worth £350

A gift voucher worth £350 to be used at Patchings Art Centre in Nottinghamshire

Patchings Art Centre

Patchings Art Centre is a repurposed farm in Nottinghamshire, housing an arts centre with exhibition programme, annual art festival, art classes, shop and cafe.


ProArte UK Awards worth £350

Two prizes of brushes to the value of £175 each 


The ProArte artists' brush range offers synthetic or natural hair filaments in shapes to suit all art and craft purposes.


St Cuthberts Mill Awards worth £600

Three prizes of £200 worth of watercolour paper

St Cuthberts Mill

St Cuthberts Mill has been making paper since the 1700s, taking advantage of the pure waters of the River Axe.


Search Press Awards worth £350

Two prizes of £175 worth of art books

Search Press

Search Press is the leading supplier of arts and crafts books in the UK, publishing beautiful and practical books


Winston Oh Award worth £400

A painting course worth up to £400 of your choice, provided by Winston Oh

Winston Oh

Winston Oh paints in watercolours and teaches the medium at Dedham Hall in Dedham, on the Essex/Suffolk border, in what is known as 'Constable Country'.