Contemporary Art Society

Encouraging an appreciation and understanding of contemporary art by a wide audience and donating works by important and new artists to museums and public galleries across the UK.


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Annual Award 2013 winners with Contemporary Art Society Director Caroline Douglas, Chairman Mark Stephens, and award presenter Mark Wallinger. Photo: Joe Plommer

Contemporary Art Society Annual Award

For more information on how to apply for the 2014 Annual Award click here

To download a pdf on how to apply click here

Deadline for proposals: 23 May 2014, 17.00

Twitter: @contempartsoc  #CASAWARD2014

The Contemporary Art Society is now calling for entries to the Contemporary Art Society Annual Award 2014 – a unique commissioning award in the UK.

Established in 2009 and generously supported by the Sfumato Foundation, the award offers £40,000 to a regional museum to commission a major new artwork  for their permanent collection. The award encourages museums to collaborate with an artist who is not yet well represented in museum collections in this country.  The selected artist will gain an important opportunity to work on a high-profile project with nationwide press exposure. The successful museum will acquire an ambitious work of enduring importance both nationally and internationally.

The award is announced each November in a ceremony attended by artists, museum and gallery professionals and key figures from the art world. Previous recipients of the award include Katerina Šedá with The Graves Art Gallery, Museums Sheffield (2009); Luke Fowler with Hepworth Wakefield and Wolverhampton Art Gallery (2010); Christina Mackie with Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery (2011); Oliver Laric with The Collection & Usher Gallery (2012); and last year’s winners, Elizabeth Price with the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in partnership with the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Ruskin School of Art.

Previous presenters of the award include Grayson Perry, Cornelia Parker, Jeremy Deller and Mark Wallinger.

The Contemporary Art Society encourages museums, galleries and artists to work together to submit a proposal. Museums must be Members of the Contemporary Art Society to be eligible to apply.

For more information on applying to the 2014 award, contact: Robert Dingle, National Network & Strategic Projects Manager on +44 (0)20 7017 8405/

For all press enquiries, contact: Jenny Prytherch, Communications Manager on +44 (0)20 7017 8412/


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