Our   Sponsors and  Supporters

The Holly Bush, Hampstead is a historic pub at the heart of Hampstead's community. Committed to supporting women in the arts, The Holly Bush and Fuller's have been our lead sponsors since the beginning of the prize in 2017.


As a result of the pandemic, this year’s prize will not be sponsored by Fuller’s or The Holly Bush. However, the generosity of Dame Emma Thompson, Cass ArtWomen in Art FairBurgh House Hampstead and Zebra One Gallery will allow us to go ahead with the Prize.

Founded by Elena Shchukina, Women in Art Fair is an initiative dedicated to redressing the gender imbalance in the art industry. WIAF seeks to create a positive global platform from which self-identified female artists are given an opportunity to show their work, and contribute to the developing exchange of ideas around gender, sexuality and culture.

Our first prize in 2020 is the Women in Art Fair award of £1500. We are grateful for the continued funding from WIAF, who have supported and collaborated with the Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize for many years in order to give women painters a platform.

Dame Emma Thompson is one of Britain's most acclaimed and celebrated actresses. Speaking of her continued support for the Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize, she has said:

"I am absolutely delighted to contribute towards this art prize and once again offer my support for this wonderful initiative to help the Arts and Women Artists in particular. This year is proving a difficult year for everyone and I hope that this prize will go some way to supporting women artists through this crisis. I look forward to seeing the winning entry late in the summer.”

Photo Credit: Nick Haddow

Cass Art is the UK's leading art supplies retailer. In line with their goal to encourage everyone to realise their creative talents, Cass Art supports the Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize in order to support woman artists. 

Our 2020 first prize winner will have a solo exhibition at The Art Space, Islington which is inside Cass Art's flagship store. In addition, Cass Art have also contributed £250 of vouchers for art supplies for our third prize winner.

Zebra One Gallery is a contemporary art gallery and picture framers in Hampstead Village. Established for over 40 years, they work with a wide variety of artists and works, from emerging artists to some of the world's most well-known artists and photographers. Zebra One Gallery uses its platform to raise awareness for causes and subjects that are to dear to them, including support women in the arts.

Zebra One Gallery will be supporting the winner of the Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize 2020 by displaying their work in the gallery for one month.

Burgh House & Hampstead Museum is an independent, self-funding charity and a dynamic space for art, events and history in the heart of Hampstead Village. 

Burgh House has acted as a home for the Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize by hosting our annual exhibition of finalists and prize-giving. We look forward to returning to Burgh House to display the work of our 22 finalists on 17th February 2021.

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