The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize was created in 2005 by the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers and the Lynn Foundation to encourage the very best creative representational painting and promote the skill of draughtsmanship. The Prize is also sponsored by 4C Hotel Group and Allect.

With prize money totalling £35,000, the Prize is one of the most prestigious awards to artists in the UK.

The winner of the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize receives £20,000 plus an engraved gold medal designed by the sculptor, Frances Segelman. In addition to the main Prize, the following prizes are awarded:

Second Prize Winner - £4,000
Young Artist Prize - £4,000
Daphne Todd Prize - £2,000
Brian Botting Prize for figurative drawing - £5,000

An exhibition of those entries shortlisted for the Prize was held at the Mall Galleries, London SW1 on 5-17 March 2019.

Judges for the 2019 Prize were:

Chris Green (Artist)
Robin Lee-Hall PPRP (Artist)
Jennifer Scott (Sackler Director, Dulwich Picture Gallery)
Benjamin Sullivan (Artist)
Sam Wadsworth (Artist)

2019 Winner

Jennifer McRae for her painting Past, present, future: tracing the female line

Jennifer McCrae
Past, present, future: tracing the female line

2019 Second Prize of £4,000

Lara Cobden for her painting The Winterkeeper's Cabin

Lara Cobden
The Winterkeeper's Cabin by Lara Cobden

The Young Artist Award of £4,000

Ewan White for his painting No.7

Young Artist
No. 7 by Ewan White

The Brian Botting Prize of £5,000 for Figurative Drawing

This award was established in 2015 by a bequest from Brian Botting, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers and is awarded to an artist under 30 years of age.

2019 Winner

Charlie Schaffer for his painting Preston

Brian Botting

Daphne Todd Prize £2,000

James Lloyd for his painting In my room

James Lloyd
In my room by James Lloyd


Together with the Lynn Foundation, the Company initiated The Lynn Painter-Stainers’ Art Prize in 2005 to encourage representational painting in Britain.

We receive over 2000 entries each year. About 90 of these (never before exhibited elsewhere) are shortlisted for the Prize by an independent panel of judges, generally including an art critic, a gallery owner and a young artist. These are displayed in an exhibition which has become a showcase of outstanding contemporary portraiture, landscape and still life painting from artists throughout the UK

The Prize is now one of the UK’s leading representational art competitions and is unique in that it is an open competition with a substantial main prize, two significant prizes for younger emerging artists and a number of runners-up prizes.

The exhibition is hung at the Mall Galleries which provides a career enhancing opportunity for young artists to exhibit their work alongside members of the Royal Academy. In addition, during the exhibitions, we host a number of events including art master classes and lectures aimed at children from inner-city schools.

£35,000 is awarded in prize money with the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize being £20,000 along with an engraved gold medal, a Second Prize of £4,000, a Young Artist Prize of £4,000 for artists 25 years or under, and the Daphne Todd Prize of £2,000. In addition there is the Brian Botting award of £5,000 for an artist aged 30 or under for an outstanding drawing of the human figure.


To date we have enjoyed sponsorship from City based organisations and we are now seeking to increase sponsorship.

There is a great deal of work that goes into organising this Prize and the Painters’ Company bears the costs of this. In order to grow the event the minimum level of external sponsorship we require is in the region of £30,000 per year. We anticipate that this would come from one specific sponsor or from a limited number of sponsors.

The opportunity

There are a number of opportunities that will appeal to a potential sponsor who is interested in promoting the Art World through charitable donations:

  • The association (including the possibility of naming) with a “Blue Chip” charitable activity that is widely publicised across the UK and will garner coverage in the national press, as well as being open to members of the public; some 250 people attended each day the exhibition was open in 2014.
  • The opportunity to host an event for employees or clients during the exhibition to publicise the sponsor’s involvement. In the past we have offered to supply appropriate speakers to talk at such a dinner with, for example, a critique of the exhibition and analysis of the winning paintings.
  • The opportunity to display the exhibition, or a subset of it, in their offices for a period of time after the end of the public display
  • The opportunity to purchase any of the works before they are publicly displayed
  • The opportunity to host master classes for clients or employees during the exhibition which would be an interesting way to entertain people in a non-conventional manner.
  • Advertising in the catalogue of which around 1000 are printed and circulated ahead of the exhibition

We think this is an exciting and increasingly important component of the British Art “Calendar” which in 2014 received online entries for the first time. The competition continues to grow in importance and we are now looking for new sponsors to join with us in its promotion. For more details of the competition, past exhibitions and winners please visit .

We very much hope you would like to participate in the future growth of this Prize.