Last year's winner: Nathan Eastwood collects his prize
Last year’s winner: Nathan Eastwood collects his prize. Photograph: Bow Arts

Applications for the East London Painting Prize are now open, giving East London artists the chance to win £10,000 and a solo exhibition at the Nunnery Gallery in Bow.

Artists have until 8 March to submit their applications, with the prize open to both established and emerging artists of any age living or working in the boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Havering, Waltham Forest, Barking and Dagenham and Redbridge.

Now in its second year, the East London Painting Prize aims to explore and celebrate the diversity in painting practices and different approaches to the medium.

Last year’s winner was 41-year-old Nathan Eastwood, who said winning the prize had been a “huge boost”, allowing him to spend more time painting and producing new works.

His winning painting, Nico’s Café, was an Edward Hopper-inspired image of an elderly man eating alone in his local greasy spoon café, in grey and white tones.
Rosamond Murdoch, Gallery Director at the Nunnery, which is part of Bow Arts, said: “It’s never been harder to be an artist in London.

This prize offers the chance for us to gather a world class panel of judges to select the best in contemporary painting today and challenge the art audiences of London.”

The winner of the East London Painting Prize will be announced at a group exhibition featuring work from shortlisted artists to be held in East London this spring.

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