The Columbia Threadneedle Prize is the UK and Europe’s pre-eminent prize for figurative and representational art, showcasing important new works by emerging and established artists.

The competition champions figurative art today and examines how it has emerged and transformed over the years. It is one of the most valuable open art competitions in Europe.

We are proud that four Bridgeman Studio artists are featured in the 2018 exhibition of the Threadneedle Prize contenders, open from 31 January – 17 February at the Mall Galleries in central London.


Our artists:

Emiko Aida >>


Emiko’s intriguing work is entitled Forgotten Memory and was produced with oil and palladium on canvas.


Emma Haworth >>


Emma’s Midnight Show depicts a moon-lit natural landscape shrouded with dark, elegant trees, made with oil on linen.


Georgia Peskett >>


Georgia’s painting New Coat features a woman in the underground wearing a new coat (or disguise). It was created with oil on silk.


Gavin Watson >>


Gavin stated of his Kind of Blue canvas painting:

This light-filled painting playfully references a deep and diverse range of sources, from literature and art history to popular culture. Imbued with warmth and humour it contemplates the world from a dog’s eye view and invites the viewer to consider what happens when our dogs, responding to their role as guardians, are left home alone.

The Prize

Each year one artist is chosen to win the First Prize of £20,000 and a solo exhibition. 2018’s winner has been announced as Ana Schmidt for her realist painting, Dead End, depicting an abandoned urban space.

A further prize of £10,000 is awarded by visitors to the exhibition and five Shortlisted Artists each receive £1,000 as well. Show your support for our Bridgeman Studio artists by taking a look around the exhibition, it’s free to enter!


Georgia Peskett at the Columbia Threadneedle Prize exhibition

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