Call for Entries: The Batsford Prize for Students 2018

Call for Entries: The Batsford Prize for Students 2018

Posted by Cass Art Staff on 1st Jan 2019

The Batsford Prize is an annual student award organised by leading art publisher Batsford. Now in its sixth year, the award is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students of fine and applied art, fashion and illustration. There are five categories to enter for UK students: Fine Art/Applied Arts, Fashion, Illustration and Children’s Illustration.

Also new for this year is the introduction of The Batsford Prize: International, a separate illustration category open to students studying at instututions outside of the UK, with the winner receiving a $500 USD cash prize from Batsford. 

Batsford are awarding a £500 cash prize to the winner of each category and Cass Art are awarding a further £500 cash prize for the overall winner across the categories. Winners and runners up across the domestic and international categories will also receive Batsford books, taking the total prize pot value to £7,000. 

Theme for 2018: Craving Colour

The theme of The Batsford Prize 2018 is ‘Craving Colour’. Entries should show innovative and well-crafted interpretations of colour, in terms of subject or materials used, or a combination of the two.

How to Enter

The Batsford Prize 2018 is open for entries now. Entries close 28 March 2018. To find out how to enter and to read the full terms and conditions of the Batsford Prize 2018 visit

The shortlisted candidates will be announced in April and the winners will be revealed at an awards event in London in May 2018.

Highlights from Batsford Prize 2017: Interpreting Nature

Winner of the 2017 Fine Art Award: Jemima Hall, Oxford Brookes University, ‘Temporality’ (also winner of the Cass Art Award)

Winner of the 2017 Fashion Award: Valeriia Kostina, London College of Fashion, ‘Sensorium’

Winner of the 2017 Illustration Award: Shih-Hsien Hsu, Royal College of Art, ‘The Fragments’

Winner of the 2017 Children's Illustration Award: Katie Cottle, University of the West of England, ‘Home Grown’

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