M&C Saatchi x Saatchi Gallery

Applications are now open for the free-to-enter Art for Change Prize, an international art initiative from M&C Saatchi Group and Saatchi Gallery, open to artists working in the first five years of their career

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This year’s prize asks artists to creatively respond to the theme Regeneration.

A total prize fund of £20,000 will be split between six winners, five to receive £2,000 and one overall winner to receive £10,000. Winning artists will also have the unique opportunity to exhibit their work at Saatchi Gallery in London.

As part of a shared mission in making art, culture, and creativity accessible to everyone, this prize is a celebration of emerging artistic talent. It will highlight and stimulate dialogue around visual arts as a medium for positive global and social change and give exposure to emerging artists worldwide. Full entry information below.

Deadline for entries Monday 17 July 2023.

Visitors enjoying ‘After the Pandemic’ by Samuel Nnorom at Saatchi Gallery, 2022

About the theme

There is no art on a dead planet

The world is reacting to the rising drumbeat of climate chaos. The issues of climate justice, social justice, and economics are now inseparable, but there are reasons to be hopeful. Climate change is finally sinking in. Citizens are demanding change. Nations, cities, communities and corporations are stepping up.

This year’s prize brings with it the opportunity to create new stories of a liveable future and motivate people to do what it takes to be a driving force for the change we need. We have the opportunity to change this to a story that inspires and empowers.

Now is the time for action. Now is the time for meaningful change.

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Art for Change Prize winners exhibition at Saatchi Gallery, 2022

Meet the judges

Our six winners will be decided by some of the best business and creative minds from M&C Saatchi Group globally and eminent guest judges.

Picture of Darren Bowles

Darren Bowles, UK

Partner & Executive Creative Director at Re, Part of M&C Saatchi Group

Picture of Ronaldo Tavares

Ronaldo Tavares, UK

Executive Creative Director at M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment

Picture of Sophie Morgan

Sophie Morgan, UK

TV Presenter, Writer & Disability Advocate

Picture of Klara Eide

Klara Eide, Europe

Partner & Executive Strategy Director at M&C Saatchi Stockholm

Picture of Christian Schuck

Christian ‘Kidde’ Schuck, Europe

Managing Creative Director at M&C Saatchi Berlin

Michael Elmenbeck, Europe

Founder and Creative Director of CF HILL Art Space and Bon Magazine

Picture of Lucas Crigler

Lucas Crigler, Americas

Creative Director at SS+K, Part of M&C Saatchi Group

Picture of Nicholas Rotondi

Nicholas Rotondi, Americas

Executive Creative Director at M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment North America

Portrait of Mickey Smith

Mickey Smith, Americas

Conceptual Artist and Photographer

Picture of Emma Robbins

Emma Robbins, Australia

National Executive Creative Director at M&C Saatchi Australia

Picture of Patrick Guererra

Patrick Guerrera, Australia

Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Re, Part of M&C Saatchi Group

Claire Bridge, Australia

Founder of Art World Women and dual contributor to The Peregrine Collection on The Moon

Picture of Ali Shabaz

Ali Shabaz, Asia

Chief Creative Officer at M&C Saatchi Singapore

Picture of Dami Sidharta

Dami Sidharta, Asia

Chief Creative Officer at M&C Saatchi Indonesia

Nadya Wang, Asia

Editor of Art & Market and Fashion & Market, Lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

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Robert Grace, Middle East & Africa

Founding Partner and Head of Strategy at M&C Saatchi Abel South Africa

Picture of Ryan Reed

Ryan Reed, Middle East & Africa

Chief Creative Officer at M&C Saatchi UAE

Zeinab Alhashemi, Middle East & Africa

Conceptual Artist, specialised in site specific art installation and public art, Artist Mentor and Founder of Athmad Projects

The Prize

A total prize fund of £20,000 will be split between six regional winners, five to receive £2,000 each and one overall winner to receive £10,000.

All artists will exhibit their winning works in a dedicated exhibition at Saatchi Gallery in London, a recognised authority in contemporary art, where the overall winner will be announced at the end of November 2023. The exhibition will open to the public on Wednesday 22 November 2023 until Friday 12 January 2024

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Entry information

Eligibility CRITERIA

The prize is available to emerging artists based in the following M&C Saatchi key global regions: UK, Europe, Americas, Asia, Australia, and Middle East & Africa.

To apply artists must be aged 18 or over and within the first five years of what they hope to be a successful artistic career.

Accepted media includes painting, drawing, illustration, photography, collage, 2D mixed-media, video or film.

Submitted works must creatively respond to the theme ‘Regeneration’ and have been executed since 1 January 2020.

Works must be stable and capable of being shipped and installed on a walled surface.

Submitted works must be available between 1 October 2023 and 31 January 2024 for an exhibition in London.

One application per artist is permitted with a maximum of five artworks accepted.

Artists may only enter the prize in the region associated with their country of residence.

The artwork(s) must be the participants own work(s) and the participant warrants that they have full title to the artwork(s) and that they have all rights to submit the artwork(s).

key dates

Call for entries open: Wednesday 26 April 2023

Deadline for entries: Monday 17 July 2023, 11:59 UK BST

Regional winners announced: mid-October 2023

Overall winner announced: Tuesday 21 Novembr 2023

Exhibition dates: Wednesday 22 November 2023 – Friday 12 January 2024

Meet last year's winners

Selected from over 2,500 entries from across 130 countries
within M&C Saatchi key global regions.

Overall Winner & Regional winner for Africa, Samuel Nnorom

UK Winner, Felix Chesher

Americas Winner, Rachel Zhang

Asia Winner, Sharon Cheung

Europe Winner, Jaroslaw Lisicki

Australia Winner, Clare Jaque Vasquez