Emerging Artist 2-24 Award

The SCAF Emerging Artist Award has been created to acknowledge up and coming artists of all ages who are living in the Yorkshire region. The intent of the award is to bring recognition and awareness to outstanding visual artists in the region who are at the early stages of their career and who have not yet established a reputation as an artist amongst art curators, buyers and critics.

/ This years subject:


Art is the story of perception. Perception in art is deeply complex including the subjective response of the viewer, the intention of the artist and external influences such as social pressure that seeks to persuade us to interpret something in a certain way.

Perception in art is also deeply intwined with psychology. Our brains are hard wired to see structure, logic and patterns to help us to make sense of the world we live in. Survival often requires rapid interpretation of our surroundings and to that end our brains have evolved to continually make shortcuts to speed up the process of visual perception. These shortcuts are often exploited in art and design.

/ Final Awards & Exhibition

There will be 10 awards overall with the winning artist receiving £1250, 2nd £500, 3rd £250 and 7 further awards of £100 each to the remaining shortlisted artists. The awards will be presented to the recipients at the opening of the SCAF Emerging Artist Award Exhibition to be held at SCAF, The Art House, Thirsk, in July 2024.

/ Eligibility for Artists & Artworks


There is no restriction on the artist regarding training or nationality.


The artist must be aged 16 or over.


You must be living within the Yorkshire region at the time of entry.


All types of visual art, except for digital arts, performance, sound and video are accepted for this competition.


The artist must not have exclusive representation, to enter this art competition.


Artwork size must be less than 100cm x 100cm for artworks to be hung on the wall including frame, and less than 100cm cubed for sculptures. If you are unsure, please contact us on 01423 314 103.

/ Timetable

The award consists of two stages.

Stage 1

Proposal for completed artwork and supporting images should be entered online using the link on this page. Deadline for entries is 11:59pm 5th January 2024. Shortlisted entries will be announced in February 2024, following which the successful entrants will be invited to produce and submit their completed original artworks based upon their successful proposal by 1st June 2024.

Stage 2

Judging will take place and the winners announced in July 2024.

The ten final artworks will then be exhibited thereafter throughout the year.

/ Key Dates


1st October 2023 
Open of submissions

5 Jan

5th January 2024 11.59pm 
Close of submissions

6 Jan

6th Jan - 30th Jan 2024
Judge of submissions

1 Feb

1st February 2024
Finalists notified

1 Jun

1st June 2024
Final artwork submissions delivered to SCAF

28 Jun

28th June 2024
Final artwork hung in gallery.


4 Jul

4th July 2024
Final judging and presentation evening

/ Enter the 2024 Award

/ Last Year's AWARD

/ Judging Panel

Dr Sue Armstrong
Dr Sue Armstrong

Artistic Director & Trustee of SCAF

Sue Armstrong is the Founder of the Scott Creative Arts Foundation and the current Artistic Director. Sue was a close friend of Michael and Eileen Scott and is dedicated to realising their wishes through the work of the Foundation. Providing support and encouragement to emerging artists was a major priority for the Scott’s and to be holding the fourth SCAF emerging artist award is a testament to her commitment to SCAF. Sue, like the Scotts is a passionate believer in the value of the synergistic relationship between arts and science.

Photo by Damian Bramley - DJB Photography

Robbie Fife

Robbie Fife (b.1988 Harrogate, UK) lives and works in North Yorkshire. Fife completed an MFA in Painting at The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London (2014) and has twice been an artist-in-residence at The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation – Connecticut, USA (Nov/Dec 2015) and Carraig-na-gcat, Ireland (Sept 2019).

Selected recent exhibitions include Native, Willoughby Gerrish, Thirsk Hall Sculpture Garden, Thirsk (solo) (2023); Locals, Willoughby Gerrish, Jermyn Street, London (solo) (2022); Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2022); Kist, Oliver Projects at 155a Gallery, London (solo) (2021); Without You My Life Would Be Boring, Staffordshire Street Studios, London (2020); Used For Glue, Studio 2, Staffordshire Street Studios, London (2019); Odds, The Other MA (TOMA) at Royals Shopping Centre, Southend (2019); Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2019); 9 Artists: Thin House, London (2018); Nightswimming, LLE at Mission Gallery, Swansea, Wales (2018); Sightseers, g39, Cardiff, Wales (2018); ODDS, Studio 7, Assembly Point, London (2017); Outhouse, May Project, London (solo) (2016); Robbie Fife, Paulina Michnowska, Jacopo Natoli, News of the World, Deptford, London (2015).

Jess Kidd

Multidisciplinary Artist and SCAF EAA 2023 Winner

Jess Kidd is a Yorkshire Based multidisciplinary artist, with a current focus on mixedmedia painting. She graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2008, however, her practice has re-emerged recently, after serious illness in her mid-20s. Jess is inspired by art that provokes people to reconsider the familiar. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) informs both her creative process and her subject matter. She aims to challenge people's thoughts towards where we live, encouraging celebration and appreciation. She loves to experiment, play with and manipulate materials, and is driven by a passionate intention to convey her interpretations of reality. Alongside winning the SCAF Emerging Artist Award 2023, Jess was also awarded the Joan Day Bursary by South Square Centre, Thornton, resulting in her first solo exhibition. She has exhibited both individually and in group shows and runs occasional workshops.

Eloise Ross

Art & Design Project Officer at York & Scarborough Teaching Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust and Freelance Photographer

Elly enjoys working on collaborative and community-based arts events/social projects and regularly sees how the power of art can enhance people's experiences. Her role within the hospitals involves engaging patients, visitors, and staff in a creative way to help improve their stay, visit and place of work through exhibitions, music, participation and enhancements of the hospital environment. The aim of these varied artistic practices is to provide opportunities for people to feel included, connected and inspired via an ongoing programme of artistic exhibitions and events at the different Hospitals. In her freelance work Elly has worked for many different organisations in the Yorkshire region and she has acted as a judge for several photography groups and curated Arts projects. What she loves about the arts is how it engages interest; provides a positive experience; breaks down barriers and preconceptions; stimulate memories; promotes collaborations and provides respite or space for reflection.  She is excited to see what artistic talents can be discovered and shared to a wider audience in 2024 by the SCAF Emerging Artist Award.