Gateway to British Art Prize

Are you a Gateway Community College student enrolled in a humanities course? Do you want to have your voice heard through your writing? Do you have a passion for British art? Do you want to win a $500 cash prize?

If you have answered YES to these questions, you should apply to the Gateway to British Art Prize

All you need to do is

  • Pick an object from our collection. It can be a painting, sculpture, drawing, or even an image printed on a fruit cake (yes, we have one of those). 
  • Write a nonfiction 600-word essay about the artwork. We are not looking for a term paper. We want your insights and ideas. What do you see? What do you think this artwork is about?
  • Submit your essay and win! We cannot promise you will win, but it is worth a shot.

What if you do not know anything about British art? Fear not! We have uploaded a series of videos about British art, how to search our collections online, and how to look at and write about art to Gateway’s Blackboard portal; ask your professor for help locating these resources. The YCBA's staff are also available to help along the way. Watch our video about using the museum's Reference Library now!

Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of independent judges. Winners will be selected for a $500 first prize, a $200 second prize, and two $100 runner-up prizes. The winners in all categories will be celebrated in an online award ceremony and will have a chance to be featured on the YCBA's website and social media!

Deadline: Friday, November 4, 2022, 11:59 pm

Winners announced: Friday, December 2, 2022

Award ceremony: TBD

Read last year's prizewinning essays here.

Please read our Terms and Conditions before submitting your work.

*You must be currently enrolled in at least one humanities class for the current semester to apply. Previous winners are not eligible for entry.