The Royal Arts Prize 2021

Applications are now open.

Dates of exhibition: 

18th March - 31st 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.

Taya De La Cruz 

Elegant Vibes XL, 84.1 cm x 59.4 cm

Taya De La Cruz’s work is thematically centred around expanding human consciousness and potential. Inspired by stories of overcoming hardship, she focuses on finding light in the dark - difficult circumstances are made approachable and even beautiful. The use of detailed, minuscule handwriting invites the viewer to move closer to the work itself and explore the narrative behind it.

Fleur Cowgill 

Must they isolate the Mothers with Babies too?, 120 x 120 cm, Oil on Canvas

Fleur’s paintings are inspired by an experience or a specific place. Buildings seen from the High Line whilst exhibiting in New York, the poetry of the Brecon Beacons, the challenges faced by new mothers, grandmothers and babies during lockdown – Fleur has always been acutely aware of her surroundings and the contrasts in both physical and cultural aspects of different places. Using a variety of mediums to produce large colourful canvases, her personal mark-making is continually evolving.

Cari Bateman

Botanica I, 91.5 x 91.5 cm, Oil on Canvas

Cari is a London based artist who creates work from a passion within and has an overwhelming desire to share her creations with the world. She has sketched & painted since a child and whilst largely self-taught it was following a foundation course at St Martin's in 2009 that Cari acknowledged that producing paintings was her life calling. Cari’s early works were predominantly figurative and having experimented with various mediums and styles, much of her current work may be described as in the style of ‘contemporary impressionism’ with collections of Seascapes, Landscapes and Cityscapes using oil paint as her favoured medium.


The B O T A N I C A collection was born from Spring 2020’s lockdown which started a 7-month process where Cari had a deep yearning to paint flowers and botanical pieces. The collection was further inspired by a sense of joy, wonder and optimism following a long, hot Summer day at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Richmond. Each piece is a mix of brush and palette knife work which creates a rich and very physical texture. Cari says, “I became so immersed in looking at the flowers on my daily walks it was those moments that were captured in the painting process.”

Antonia Glynne Jones

Resist, 92 x 66 cm, Oil on Canvas 

Antonia was born and raised in Africa and has a passionate affinity with untamed vistas whether desert or sea. She defines spaces through colour. Drawing on her emotional and physical reaction to particular times, places and events, she combines observation and personal feelings to create artworks that are filled with directness, immediacy and vibrant energy. “For me, drawing and painting is about the interaction between the discipline of observation and the spontaneity of mark-making in terms of my physical and emotional response to the subject”.

Deeya Mirchandani

Moving Forward, 40 x 50.8 cm, Mixed Media on Canvas 

Deeya’s work endures a series of transformations of intent and flow. She is captivated by the conversation between colours and the new language which emerges from the resulting animation of paint. Her exploration stems from her interest in the movement of natural phenomena and the stillness of a moment.

Nikhil Kirsh

BECOMING FREE, 130 x 130 cm, Oil on Canvas

Nikhil Kirsh is a British artist who emerged in 2011 in Reykjavik, Iceland with his first solo show entitled, “TRANSGRESS, ramma fyrir ramma”. Since then, he has exhibited his subtle yet provocatively honest works through many subsequent collections. He is also known in Reykjavik for his affinity with Icelandic artists, resulting in sculptural and theatrical collaborations. More recently, since his return to the UK, he has been exploring dimensions of consciousness, from existential ‘separateness’ to deeper and more intimate expressions of unity consciousness.


This journey has marked a significant shift towards a deeper mysticism in his work. Kirsh is currently experimenting with combinations of geometric form to generate specifically intended vibrational experiences for the viewer. In alchemical terms, they function much like machines that hold in their opening forms, transformative energies. For his most recent painting, 'Path Of Freedom', he worked intuitively with three concepts: Freedom, Connection and Bliss, combined as separate portals to complete a very particular journey within.

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