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Eligibility criteria

All applicants to the People’s Art Prize 2015 meet the following criteria.

1. Only applicants submitting an online application by our submissions deadline will be considered.
2. A project that has been completed between 1st January 2014 and 31st December 2014 (when the project started does not matter).
3. A visual art project.
4. The project budget must be less than £20,000.
5. The project must be based in the United Kingdom.
6. Shortlisted applicants must agree to host a meeting with a People’s Art Prize judge.

What will the judges be looking for?

The People’s Art Prize 2015 is a celebration of the UK’s most inspiring and interesting community art. We know it’s difficult to get everyone to agree on what a ‘good’ community art process and product looks like. This list of criteria should help you get a sense of what our judging panel will be looking for in your application.

Quality of the art

  • Quality of the piece of art produced
  • Is it a new idea, concept, way of looking at art?
  • Is the execution to a high technical standard?
  • Is the quality of the final presentation or event high?
  • Does the art make a powerful connection to the audience?

Positive impact on the participants

  • How many people were impacted by the project?
  • What impact did it have on the participants and communities involved?
  • How did the process and final art work impact on the neighbourhood?


  • How did you make the most of the limited resources available?
  • How did you draw on the community and environment around you to make the most of limited resources?

Frequently Asked Questions

What is participatory art?  

Community art is also called participatory art, socially engaged practice and sometimes public art.  The important point is that it involves a community or a group of people, not normally professional artists in making a work of art.

How do you define visual art?

We have chosen to leave the definition of visual art vague.  Visual art can include performance, photography, film, written text, music, the spoken word.  If you consider your art work to be a piece of visual art we will probably do so also.

However we are also clear that this is not a prize for community theatre, music, dance, poetry, etc – wonderful as those art forms are!

If you would like clarification on whether your project would be considered a visual art project by the judges please email us in advance of applying.

What if my project is on-going?

One of our criteria is that the project must have ended in 2014.  If your project has yet to finish we cannot accept the application.  However we encourage you to think whether an element of your on-going project culminated or took place in 2014.  For example you may run an on-going art club that had an exhibition in 2014.  The exhibition and the work leading up to that exhibition would be accepted as a project.

When will we know if we have been shortlisted?

The shortlist will be announced at the end of May 2015

When will we know if we have won?

The winner will be announced at the end of June 2015

What will the meeting for shortlisted applicants entail?

The judges would like to see art work where possible, meet participants and interview project artists.  The meeting will take 1 – 2 hours long.

How much will the winner win?


What can this be spent on?

Anything – there are no conditions attached to the prize money.  We hope that the money will support artists and communities to do more projects, but this is not a condition of the prize being awarded.


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