The Burlington Magazine Contemporary Art Writing Prize 2020

The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize seeks to discover talented young writers on contemporary art, with the winner receiving £1,000 and the opportunity to publish a review of a contemporary art exhibition in The Burlington Magazine.

Since its founding in 1903, The Burlington Magazine has always considered the art of the present to be as worthy of study as the art of the past. The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize advances our commitment to the study of contemporary art by encouraging aspiring young writers to engage critically with its forms and concepts. The Prize promotes clear, concise and well-structured writing that is able to navigate sophisticated ideas without recourse to over-complex language.

Submission Requirements
Contenders – who must be no older than 35 years of age on 6th April 2020 and have published no more than six exhibition reviews – should submit one unpublished review of a contemporary art exhibition, no more than 1,000 words in length with up to three low-resolution images. ‘Contemporary’ is defined as art produced since 2000. The submitted review must be written in English (although the art considered may be international) and emailed as a Word document, clearly stating the name, age, country of residence and occupation of the writer, to

Deadline 6th April 2020

£1,000 prize

The judges for the 2020 edition of the prize are Franklin Sirmans and Polly Staple.

Franklin Sirmans is Director of the Pérez Art Museum, Miami. He has held curatorial positions at the Menil Collection, Houston, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and produced shows on artists including Jean-Michael Basquiat, Maurizio Cattelan and Noah Purifoy. He has published widely as a critic, is a former Editor of Flash Art and was Editor-in-Chief of ArtAsiaPacific.

Polly Staple is Director of Collection, British Art, at Tate. From 2008 to 2019 she was Director of the Chisenhale Gallery, London, where she commissioned a series of groundbreaking exhibitions that helped to launch a new generation of artists into the international art scene, including shows on Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Ed Atkins, Helen Marten and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. She was previously Director of Frieze Projects and Editor at Large of frieze magazine.

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