The Winsor & Newton x Paul Smith’s Foundation

International Art Prize 2024

"Finding inspiration everywhere"

Paul Smith’s Foundation and Winsor & Newton are partnering to launch a new art prize in painting and drawing. Six winning artists will be selected from a free-to-enter Open Call, chosen by a notable, local industry representative who has the networks and experience to develop an artist’s professional practice.

Each winner will receive up to £1,000 of materials from Winsor & Newton and £1,000 from Paul Smith’s Foundation to make a new piece of work that responds to the theme of “Finding inspiration everywhere”. These works will then be exhibited for sale in a Paul Smith store. Artists will keep 100% of the proceeds from a sale of their work and are invited to attend an intimate dinner with the judges at Mount St Restaurant in October, in London, hosted by Sir Paul Smith. Travel and accommodation expenses are generously funded by Winsor & Newton. Artists will also be featured in a short film, commissioned by Winsor & Newton, to be released in November 2024.

In year one, the prize will take place in London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Hong Kong. A winning artist will be selected for each city.

About Paul Smith's Foundation

Paul Smith’s Foundation was set up to bring about opportunities and give helpful advice to creative people. For decades, Sir Paul Smith has championed art and artists. From a 20-yr scholarship with the Royal Academy Schools, to a collection of over 10,000 works of art exhibited in stores worldwide. To date, over 120 artists have exhibited their work around the world with Paul Smith, including existing and especially commissioned pieces. The partnership with Winsor & Newton is the Foundation’s first international art initiative.

About Winsor & Newton

The artists’ ally since 1832, Winsor & Newton has always innovated to help creators develop and flourish. With one of the widest portfolios of art materials in the world, used by names such as Edvard Munch, JMW Turner, and Piet Mondrian, the brand is now a modern ally of creative people and committed to seeing the world through their eyes.


Sir Paul Smith

Founder, Paul Smith and Paul Smith's Foundation

Ekow Eshun

Curator, writer and broadcaster and Chair of the Fourth Plinth in London.

Aaina Bhargava

Arts and Culture Editor of Tatler Asia

Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn

Founder of Salon 94 and Salon 94 Design, art advisor and collector.

Kyoko Hattori

Vice President of Pace, Japan

Fabien Vallerian

International Director of Arts & Culture chez Ruinart

César García-Alvarez

Co-founding executive and artistic director of The Mistake Room

Six cities

  • London
  • Paris
  • New York
  • Los Angeles
  • Tokyo
  • Hong Kong

Artist eligibility

  • Open to artists of all abilities within the first 10 years of their career.
  • 2D works in painting and drawing only up to size A0.
  • Be able to complete the new work in the months of August & September 2024.
  • Deliver artwork to selected Paul Smith store between 3-6 October 2024.
  • Contribute content to the project film and be available for interview remotely.


  • May 13th: Applications open.
  • June 30th: Applications close.
  • August 1st: Winners notified.
  • October 3-6th Artwork hung in store.
  • October 23rd: Artist and judges’ dinner in London.

Artists are encouraged (but not obliged) to attend the dinner in London in October 2024 - travel and accommodation will be paid for by Winsor & Newton.

* For full eligibility criteria, see T&Cs below.