Founded by Sue Ecclestone Director of Women in Art CIC and generously sponsored by Dame Emma Thompson, Susan Angoy, The Tim May Memorial Prize, The Mall Galleries London, Cass Art Hampstead and Zebra One Gallery Hampstead, Euan Millar, Tony and Sue Emerson, John Wood and Archie Prentice, The Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize is part of a wider project to assist and celebrate women artists and focuses on the careers of emerging female painters.

This prize is aimed at supporting, encouraging and mentoring emerging women painters.

Each year 22 artists are chosen from this competition to exhibit in London. From these 22 talented women the first prize is awarded to a painter who has demonstrated exceptional potential to become an established professional artist. 

This exhibition offers a genuine opportunity for emerging women artists to further their career and for art collectors to invest in the future of the art-world’s emerging talent.

Image Credit: Ben Wright Photography



At the Holly Bush Painting Prize we appreciate the importance of creating an environment in which all of our colleagues, associates and artists can feel valued, included and empowered to be their best.

We recognise that the unique experiences, perspectives, and viewpoints of our various partners, associates and artists are critical to creating an atmosphere that is engaging and inspiring to artists all over the world.

Therefore, our goal is to foster an art prize that is attractive to women artists no matter what stage they are in their development. In our associates we look for the best people to help nurture such development and help create a confidence and profound sense of pride in both our prize and the artists that participate.

We welcome artists and associates who:

  • Embrace different cultures, ethnicities, genders and sexual orientation

  • Create a work environment that fosters growth and advancement

  • Who will engage with our artists and audiences in a way that reflects and respects their unique perspectives and experiences.

The selection of the artwork for the final of The Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize is made purely on the judge’s assessment of the work before them. All artist’s details remain private until the final selection.

All our associates and artists should ensure they align with the ethos of the Prize and we take any digression from the ethos very seriously.