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Artists of the Year

SAA Artists of the Year competition has been running for over 20 years. What we are most proud of is that our Artists Of The Year competition is the most inclusive competition in the UK: anyone can enter, and our range of awards and prizes means that even as a beginner you can win big.
Artwork by Charlie Hopker - Collage of two figures sat on a bench with animals and flowers surrounding them

What is SAA Artists of the Year?

SAA Artists of the Year competition has been running for over 20 years, attracting over 19,000 entries in just the past five years, from all levels from beginners to professionals.
What we are most proud of is that our Artists Of The Year competition is the most inclusive competition in the UK: anyone can enter, and our range of awards and prizes means that even as a beginner you can win big.

We want to inspire artists at all levels and abilities to share their passion and be proud of their accomplishments. It is free to enter, making it highly accessible to all.

2021 saw the greatest competition yet, sponsored by some of the world’s leading art material manufacturers; Daler-Rowney, Maimeri and Royal Talens. We received almost 3000 entries, the judging was carried out by three SAA professional artists, and for the first year, guest judges Lachlan Goudie, known for his time as BBC tv art judge, and Neil Buchanan, internationally acclaimed artist and multi award-winning television presenter and producer.

Some details for 2022 are yet to be decided so keep your eyes peeled!

Enter Artists of the Year 2022

Challenge yourself by entering this year's competition. It's free to enter and open to all ages and abilities - you've got to be in it to win it.

Immerse yourself in art.

We had the gallery digitally scanned, so if you were unable to visit the event ou can still wander along the gallery of AOY2021 winners with this immersive 3D exhibition.

About the SAA

SAA stands for ‘Supporting All Artists’ and is the UK’s leading hub of online art inspiration, tuition and art materials. We believe in supporting everyone with their journey in art and we understand that everyone’s journey is different.
We’ve got a wealth of tuition and inspiration from a whole host of expert artists waiting for you to explore, as well as an exclusive Knowledge Hub for those who want to get their art questions answered.
Founded in 1992, the mission of the SAA has always been to inform and encourage and inspire all artists, and over the years we’ve evolved making sure this inspiration is as relevant today as it was back then.
As part of our portfolio of activities, we run a variety of competitions and challenges, to help our members and customers explore their talent and challenge themselves.