GM Arts Prize

The annual Greater Manchester Contemporary Emerging Artist Prize was launched by Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce in February 2016.

The prize provides a platform for emerging contemporary visual artists to become connected to the region's business community. It also helps provide opportunities for artists to be recognised on a national and international scale and helps retain artistic talent in our area.

The Chamber launched the second of its annual Arts Prize in January 2017, receiving 220 entries in total from 94 professional and semi-professional artists from across Greater Manchester in various mediums including scanography, paintings, photography, wax, drawings, mixed media, digital, graphite pencil and clay.


“All five judges choose Delicate Details by Helen Davies as the winning piece. We were drawn to the quality of the drawing, with detail and light rendered in perfectly. Alongside the unusual positioning of the figure and the bold gold leaf that overlays.”

Also on the judging panel were: Paulette Terry Brien, Co-director of The International 3 and Co-curatorial co-ordinator of The Manchester Contemporary. Helen Wewiora, Director of Castlefield Gallery. Rachel Goodyear, Artist, represented by Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London. Resident and practising in Greater Manchester and Louise Durose, General & Legal Counsel at MAN Diesel & Turbo UK Ltd.


The GM Arts Prize has received support from across the business community, including Join the Dots, Chaophraya Manchester, Fred Aldous, Veeno Manchester, G.F Smith Papers, The International 3 and Castlefield Gallery.


The winner and the three runners-up, Iain Andrews from Manchester, Mark Adams from Bolton and Salford-based Susan Gunn, will receive their awards at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner, which takes place on 18th May at the Victoria Warehouse.

As well as receiving the award, the winner and runners-up received vouchers from art suppliers, Fred Aldous, artist paper from G.F. Smith and exhibition space at the Chamber’s Exhibition supported by Join the Dots.

To find out more about the GM Arts Prize visit and to register your interest in the Exhibition, email

The 2018 GM Arts Prize is due to launch on Monday 29th January 2018.

Some kinds words about the prize... 

"Surpassed my expectations by miles! Genuinely original and excellent art works and a good buzz." – Quentin Ashby, Join The Dots

"A beautiful presentation of work. Such a credit to the Chamber and the judges and, of course, the artists." – Ali Gunn, Fred Aldous

"Amazing to see such talent in the North West. Fab selection of artists." – Kat Button, artist, Cross Street Arts

This Year's Prize

The 2018 prize opens on Monday 29th January 2018. If you are interested in advertising opportunities for the 2018prize, please contact

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