Paul Smith Foundation and Winsor & Newton Launch International Art Prize

Two renowned establishments are joining forces to launch an international art prize in painting and drawing with the theme “Finding inspiration everywhere”: Winsor & Newton, a world-renowned and market-leading heritage artist materials company, and Sir Paul Smith, a British designer known for championing art and artists. Paul Smith is currently hosting an exhibition featuring artwork by American artist Dale Chihuly at the Rue de Grenelle boutique in Paris, on view until June 2, 2024.

Helly Summerly, Winsor & Newton’s Global Brand Director comments on the W&N x PSF Art Prize: “We are honoured to be partnering with Paul Smith’s Foundation to offer this unique and first-of-its-kind opportunity to early career artists.” She adds: “As a global brand, Winsor & Newton’s mission is to the see the world ‘Through the Eyes of the Artist’, and so the prize’s theme of ‘Finding Inspiration Everywhere’ is completely aligned with that vision, and we can’t wait to explore the diversity and originality of entries that the prize will no doubt attract”.


The call for entries is free and open to artists of all abilities within the first ten years of their career. Six winning artists will be selected by a jury panel,  including:


  • César García-Alvarez, Founding Executive & Artistic Director of The Mistake Room, Los Angeles;

  • Aaina Bhargava, Arts & Culture Editor, Tatler Asia, Hong Kong;

  • Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, Founder of Salon 94 and Salon 94 Design, New York;

  • Kyoko Hattori, Vice President of PACE, Tokyo;

  • Ekow Eshun, Curator, writer, broadcaster, and Chair of the Fourth Plinth, London;

  • Fabien Vallérian, International Director of Arts & Culture at Ruinart, Paris.



Through the W&N x PSF Art Prize, each artist will receive a monetary award and up to £1,000 worth of materials to create new pieces. These artworks will be displayed for sale in their local Paul Smith store from 3 to 6 October 2024. Participating stores, chosen for their high traffic and proximity to art-relevant areas, include Ocean Centre (Hong Kong); Albemarle Street (London), Rue de Grenelle (Paris), Ginza (Tokyo), Melrose Avenue (Los Angeles) and Wooster St (New York). A winning artist will be chosen for each city.


Applications are open from 13 May to 30 June, with winners announced on 1 August.