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The Moth Art Prize is for a body of figurative or representational artwork (images of which can be sent electronically). The Prize is open to anyone from anywhere in the world.
The prize consists of €1,000 plus a two-week stay at The Moth Retreat in rural Ireland.

The Moth Retreat has been described by the Irish Times as ‘rustic but cosy, and full of eclectic touches, witty and warm.’ You can read more about The Moth Retreat here
The winner of the inaugural Moth Art Prize was the British artist David Piddock. His work is widely collected and in public collections including the Museum of London. Some of his winning artwork appeared on the autumn 2016 issue of The Moth. You can read about him in this article in the Irish Times‘Driven from Abstraction’
‘A lot of credit should go to The Moth, always wonderfully idiosyncratic and beautifully designed, for launching the prize and responding to figurative painting, largely ignored by the contemporary art scene. We have nothing like it in the UK.’ 
David Piddock 

Bradley Wood, a Canadian figurative painter living in New York, won The Moth Art Prize in 2017. He has had solo exhibitions at Pulse Art Fairs in New York and Miami, Angell Gallery in Toronto, VOLTA, New York and Art Central Hong Kong. The television network NBC recently purchased a number of his paintings, which now adorn the set of ‘Will and Grace’.

You can read about him in this article 'Eccentric portraits set in lucious New York interiors win Moth Art Prize' in the Irish Times
‘I am so grateful to the folks at The Moth for awarding me this prize. It will be an amazing and much-needed time to regroup, reflect on my work and tinker with some new ideas. It’ll be really interesting to absorb the area and see how it affects my work there.’ Bradley Wood


To enter, please submit a portfolio of images of 5–10 2D artworks – to include figurative or representational paintings, drawings (including mixed media) and original prints – to mothartprize@themothmagazine.com.

The following details should be included: your name, telephone number, number of images included and method of payment. 

You can also submit your entry (along with an entry form) by post to:

The Moth, Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland

Images cannot be returned. Please read the rules before you submit your work. 

Entry fee is €20 per portfolio.

Payment should be made via PayPal to mothartprize@themothmagazine.com. Or you can send a cheque (euro/sterling/dollars) or bank draft to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd’ to the address above

The Prize will be judged anonymously by the publishers of The Moth.

Closing date 31 May 2018


There is no onus on the artist to produce a body of work while staying at The Moth. We want it to be a place to rejuvenate and be inspired. 

The winner chooses when they would like to stay at The Moth (depending on availability). 

The winner will be entitled to the prize money whether they choose to take up the residency or not. 
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