About the awards


  • The Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards are made at a timely moment in an artist’s career, without being age specific or having any strings attached in terms of how the money can be used.
  • They are awards, not prizes, made according to talent, promise and need as well as achievement.
  • The Awards focus on the artists themselves rather than a particular type of practice and /or musical genre.
  • Each Award will consist of £50,000 paid over three years.
  • The Awards are not about recognising commercial success and they will therefore only be made to artists who need financial support to continue to practice.
  • Only the names of the recipients are made public, not the names of the nominated or shortlisted artists. This process reflects the Foundation’s wish to reduce as much as possible the sense of disappointment for those who are not shortlisted or selected.