November 28, 2016 – February 28, 2017
Deadline: Feb 27, 2017
The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize seeks to discover
talented young writers on contemporary art, with the winner receiving
£1,000 and the opportunity to publish a review of a contemporary art
exhibition in The Burlington Magazine.
Since its founding in 1903, The Burlington Magazine has always
considered the art of the present to be as worthy of study as the art
of the past. The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize advances our
commitment to the study of contemporary art by encouraging aspiring
young writers to critically engage with its forms and concepts. The
Prize promotes clear, concise and well-structured writing that is able
to navigate sophisticated ideas without recourse to over-complex
Each contender will be offered a digital subscription to the Magazine
at a specially reduced price, providing unlimited access to the
Magazine’s archive as well as all the latest articles and reviews.
The winner of the Prize will be announced in May 2017
About the Judges:
Julia Peyton-Jones is the former Director of the Serpentine Galleries,
London (1991–2016). During her twenty-five year tenure she managed
their transformation into an internationally recognised venue for
contemporary art. In 2000 she pioneered the Galleries’ annual Pavilion
commission, which became an international barometer for experiment in
architecture. Peyton-Jones also oversaw the Galleries’ major renovation
in 1998 and expansion with the opening of the Serpentine Sackler
Gallery in 2013. Having been trained as a painter at the Royal College
of Art (1975–78), Peyton-Jones worked as an artist for ten years before
joining London’s Hayward Gallery as a curator (1988–91). She was
awarded an OBE in 2003 and a DBE in 2016.
Martin Caiger-Smith has been Head of the MA Programme Curating the Art
Museum at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, since 2007. Prior to
this he served as Curator (1991–96), Head of Exhibitions (1996–2005)
and Acting Director (2005/06) at the Hayward Gallery, London. The many
exhibitions he curated and organised there include The Epic and the
Everyday: Contemporary Photographic Art (1994) and major retrospectives
devoted to Anish Kapoor (1998), Roy Lichtenstein (2004) and Dan Flavin
(2006). He continues to curate exhibitions, advise on curatorial
programmes and write on contemporary art, photography and exhibitions
for a range of publications. He is currently working on a monograph on
Antony Gormley, to be published by Rizzoli, New York.
Submission Requirements

  • no older than 35 years of age
  • have published no more than 6 exhibition reviews
  • should submit one unpublished review of a contemporary art exhibition, no more than 1000 words in length with up to three low-resolution images.
  • /!\ ‘Contemporary’ is defined as art produced since 2000.
  • the submitted review must be written in English (although the art considered may be international)
  • and emailed as a Word document, clearly stating the name, age, country
    of residence and occupation of the writer, to
    For more information please visit or contact
    Lisa Stein at

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