The Royal Arts Prize 2021

Applications are now open.

Dates of exhibition: 

25th February - 10th March 2021 

Opening times:

Monday   -    Friday10:30am - 6:00pm 

Saturday  -   12:00pm - 4:00pm

Sunday    -    Closed 

The aim of the Royal Arts Prize is to showcase the world’s best artistic talent. 


Having embraced their individuality, The Royal Arts Prize allows emerging artists to reach diverse audiences and to gain an  invaluable exposure of their works and 

artistic style, in a central London location. 


The prize is awarded to the artist who

creates the most meaningful connection and impact, using original thought and creativity to achieve this. The show has gained a prestigious reputation and will be its eighth edition.  

Please email to begin your application. 

2021 Shortlisted Artists 

María Isabel De Lince 

A Star is Born, 100 x 100 cm, Oil on Linen

María Isabel Salazar de Lince is a Colombian contemporary artist. De Lince is a passionate artist using an innovative technique in oil painting that captures emotion and awakens the senses. She modifies the observed subject by introducing a subjective element of her own, the "feeling of being there" is apparent. Each work contains a pole of stillness and a pole of violence; from both of which a remarkable aesthetic unity evolves. The only recurring motif found is a playful smuggling of unexpected blues into monochrome skies and seas. Her current artwork, with an abstract spirit combined with figurative references, features strength through colour and freedom evidenced in her paintings. This art is at its peak of accomplishment and maturity. De Lince has been invited to the National Exhibition of Fine Arts at the Carrousel du Louvre, Paris. Every year, the National Exhibition of Fine Arts presents paintings, sculptures and prints in the triangle of the Louvre Pyramid.

Elise Mendelle

‘Moving’ Social Distancing 2, 42 x 52 cm, Acrylic on canvas 

Elise Mendelle has created her highly relevant Social Distancing series to capture our new normal when 2 metres apart is the only way we can interact. The pieces explore the feelings of separation and isolation we are experiencing in our current times. The images work very powerfully as a contemporary commentary, with a reductive style that recognises the distance and alienation we all feel right now. They are a mark of history and a keepsake of this period in time that has changed our world.

Chan Suk On 

Art Manual, 40 x 40 cm, Paper Sculpture

My artwork is“Art Manual”, I used an expired camera manual to create a new life. Does art need to be explained? I picked up the sundries in the room. Time passed, the thick camera manual was outdated, and the camera model was constantly updated. People always chase the updated model. Everything can be changed. I tried to fold different sculptural forms. The texts were about photography randomly distributed. It is a poetic process.

Ann Palmer 

The Wave 2, 51 x 51 cm, Oil on Canvas

Ann Palmer paints seascapes in oil on hand prepared canvas, using a brush and palette knife, in her studio in Rochester, Kent, from her Plein air paintings from the beach in Whitstable, Kent, her sketches and photographs. She is inspired by seashores in Kent and Cornwall, standing on the pebbly beach watching the tide ebb and flow, the morning mist across the Swale, the light on the horizon, the clouds coming in from the west over London, and the light out to sea to the north and east. The low tide exposes sandbanks, pebbles, seafood for the gulls to seek.

Ellie Bird 

'Escape’, 60 x 50 cm, Acrylic on Canvas. 

Ellie Bird is a self-taught artist living in north London. Having recently left her primary school teaching career of twenty years, where teaching art was her favourite aspect, Ellie is now pursuing her painting passion full time and loving every minute! Currently working with acrylics, Ellie draws her inspiration from nature and the world around her. She is particularly interested in capturing the essence of water and the mesmerising reflections and refractions of light, colour and shape which are created by it. Water can be a form of escapism from the real world which, along with the swimmer, the observer can become immersed in. Although there is a photorealistic element to some of her paintings, the reflections of colour create a natural abstraction. In some of her most recent work, she also uses the technique of acrylic pouring, where the natural fluidity of the paint mimics those qualities in the water

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