The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize was created in 2005 by the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers and the Lynn Foundation to encourage the very best creative representational painting and promote the skill of draughtsmanship. With prize money of £30,000, the Prize is one of the most prestigious awards to artists throughout the UK.



Before entering, artists must read the Rules & Guidelines.

Artists initially submit up to 4 works through an online entry process. If selected for the Final Judging, artists will be invited to bring their work to the Mall Galleries.  Please see Entry Process, below.

Entry is £15 per work (£8 per work for students).



  • First Prize: £15,000
  • Second Prize: £4,000
  • Young Artist Award: £4,000 (For an artist who is 25 years of age or under)
  • Brian Botting Prize for an outstanding representation of the human figure*: £5,000 (For an artist who is 30 years of age or under)
  • Peoples’ Prize: £2,000

*Brian Botting, Master of the Painter-Stainers’ Company from 2003-04, has kindly bequeathed a £5,000 annual prize to be awarded to an artist aged 30 or under for an outstanding representation of the human figure.


Approximately 100 works will be exhibited at the Mall Galleries, London

6 – 19 March 2017

Mall Galleries
The Mall, London, SW1
Open 10am-5pm daily, free entry

The Exhibition will be hung and curated by:

Sam Wadsworth


Andrew Wilton

Visiting Research Fellow at Tate Britain


The judges will be looking for work that demonstrates the very best in creative representational painting and promotes the skill of draughtsmanship. The judges’ decision will be final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into. The 2017 judges include:

Ken Howard OBE RA NEAC


Prof. Andrew Stahl

Artist & Professor of Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art

BenJamin Sullivan NEAC RP


John Martin

Director, John Martin Gallery, London




The panel of judges will review all entries from the digital submission process. Artists will be notified their decision by 13 January 2017. Approximately 200 artists will then be invited to deliver their actual works on either 27 January 2017 or 28 January 2017 to the Federation of British Artists (FBA), 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD, for the final judging. Only works shortlisted from the initial digital submission will be received for final judging. These works will only be accepted at the submission point with fully completed entry forms and labels, which will be emailed to artists following the initial judging. Please note that notification of all results will be sent by email only. Artists will be notified of the final decision by 31 January 2017.


Monday 19 December 2016Deadline for online entries, by 5pm (GMT)
Friday 13 January 2017Results of initial judging emailed to artists by this date
Friday 27 January 2017 Shortlisted artists submit works to FBA 10am-5pm
Saturday 28 January 2017Shortlisted artists submit works to FBA 10am-4pm
Tuesday 31 January 2017Results of final round judging emailed to artists by this date
Friday 3 February 2017Unaccepted works available for collection at the FBA, 10am-5pm
Saturday 4 February 2017Unaccepted works available for collection at the FBA, 10am-4pm
6 - 18 March 2017Exhibition at Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1
25 March - 22 April 2017Exhibition of selected works at Guildford House Gallery, Guildford, Surrey

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