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Blog post   •   Aug 21, 2015 09:21 +08

  • Submission for entries: Mon 13 July to Fri 16 October 2015
  • Short list announced: Mon 7 December 2015 
  • Winner Announced: Tues 2 February 2016
  • Exhibition at Mall Galleries including Visitors’ Choice Award: Wed 3 to Sat 20 February 2016
  • Exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi, Florence: Mon 27 June to Sun 24 July 2016

LONDON 27 JULY 2015: The Columbia Threadneedle Prize, the UK’s leading open competition for figurative and representational painting and sculpture, returns for its eighth year at Mall Galleries in early 2016. In an unprecedented European exchange, the exhibition will also travel to the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, presenting a reflection on the breadth of contemporary figurative and representational painting and sculpture across Europe. With exhibitions in two major centres of art since the Renaissance, the Prize seeks to explore the continued relevance of Figurative Art Today. 

Dr Arturo Galansino, Director General of Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and former Curator of Exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts, London will join the panel of Selectors for the Prize. Following the London exhibition, a selection of works from The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016 will be exhibited in the Strozzina (contemporary) space at Palazzo Strozzi, for four weeks from 27 June, providing further exposure for the featured artists. 

At £20,000, The Columbia Threadneedle Prize is one of the most valuable art prizes in the United Kingdom. In addition to the prize money, the 2016 winner will receive a solo exhibition in the Threadneedle Space at Mall Galleries (valued at £10,000). Visitors to the London exhibition are invited to vote for the Visitors’ Choice Award, a further prize worth £10,000 to the winning artist.

This year’s Columbia Threadneedle Prize Selectors are:

  • Emma Crichton-Miller, columnist for Apollo magazine, freelance journalist for Financial Times, FT How to Spend It, The Wall Street Journal Europe and the RA Magazine
  • David Dawson, artist, writer and photographer
  • Dr Arturo Galansino, Director General of Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi
  • Dr Tim Knox, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
  • Lewis McNaught (Selection Panel Chair), Director, Mall Galleries.

The Columbia Threadneedle Prize is supported by Columbia Threadneedle Foundation, the charitable foundation of global investment manager Columbia Threadneedle Investments. Columbia Threadneedle has funded the Prize since its inception, demonstrating the firm’s longterm commitment to supporting the arts.

Alison Jefferis, Chair of Columbia Threadneedle Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be working with Palazzo Strozzi to extend the Prize to Europe, offering figurative artists the rare opportunity to exhibit both in London and Florence. We hope this will encourage an unprecedented number of artists from across Europe to take part.”

Dr Arturo Galansino, Director General of Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, commented: “We are very proud to be part of this important project and to host the selection of works from The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016 at the Strozzina, the contemporary space at Palazzo Strozzi. This is a great opportunity for Palazzo Strozzi and for the city of Florence to build international partnership and to explore more widely figurative art today not only in Italy but also in Europe.”

Lewis McNaught, Director, Mall Galleries, said: “This year’s Prize and collaboration represents an extraordinary opportunity for artists. It also offers wonderful opportunities for a wider exchange of ideas about the relevance of figurative art today. The debate has just got bigger”.

Submissions for the competition, which may include paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and installations, are now invited from artists living and working in the UK and across Europe. Entries can be submitted digitally up until 12 noon on 16 October. For details about the competition and how to enter visit

Notes to Editors 

Established in 2008, the number of entries for The Columbia Threadneedle Prize (formerly The Threadneedle Prize) continues to increase as the Prize attracts momentum. In 2014 the Prize attracted 3,725 entries from 1,931 artists, with 64 works making the final exhibition at Mall Galleries in Central London. The Columbia Threadneedle Prize encourages debate about the growing relevance of figurative and representational art by hosting visitor events throughout the three-week exhibition in London. See

About Mall Galleries

Mall Galleries is a major contemporary gallery space in the heart of Central London, and is a national focal point for contemporary figurative art. For over 40 years Mall Galleries has played a crucial role in diversifying the practice of figurative art, exploring its boundaries while inspiring and educating audiences with new exhibitions and interpretations of the contemporary world.

Mall Galleries is operated by the Federation of British Artists, a major UK visual arts charity established in 1961. The Federation comprises eight of the UK’s leading art societies, specialising in oil, portrait, marine, wildlife, watercolour and pastel painting. The charity recently completed a significant project to convert an area of 19th century vaulted space into a dedicated Learning Centre, extending the charity’s educational resource. See

About Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi

Established in July 2006, the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi marks a significant break in the way cultural institutions have been run in Italy. It is an independent public-private foundation guided by an autonomous Board of Directors appointed by its founding partners. The challenge facing the Fondazione from the outset has been to bring international quality exhibitions and cultural events to Florence and Tuscany, and to “give the Palazzo back to the city and the region.”

Arturo Galansino, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi Directo General 

After almost ten years abroad, in March 2015, Arturo Galansino, aged 38, returned to Italy to take up his post as Director General of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. His impressive career has already taken him to the Musée du Louvre in Paris and the National Gallery and Royal Academy of Arts in London. Mr. Galansino was educated in Milan and subsequently in Turin, where he gained a research doctorate in Art History and Criticism.

Columbia Threadneedle Foundation 

Columbia Threadneedle Foundation is committed to investing in the community through partnerships that create positive social impact. We focus on charities that use education, art and sport to engender lasting social change. Common threads we look for in our programmes and charity partners include the ability to build skills and confidence, challenge perspectives and broaden horizons. We believe that a vibrant arts sector brings a wide range of social, cultural and economic benefits. For more than 10 years, Columbia Threadneedle has been a major supporter of the arts in the UK through partnerships that span visual arts, art as therapy and artbased education programmes for diverse groups and communities from London and around the UK.

About Columbia Threadneedle Investments 

Columbia Threadneedle Investments is a leading global asset management group that provides a broad range of actively managed investment strategies and solutions for individual, institutional and corporate clients around the world. With more than 2000 people including over 450 investment professionals based in North America, Europe and Asia, we manage £320.2 billion1 of assets across developed and emerging market equities, fixed income, asset allocation solutions and alternatives. Columbia Threadneedle Investments is the global asset management group of Ameriprise Financial, Inc., a leading US-based financial services provider. As part of Ameriprise, we are supported by a large and well-capitalised diversified financial services firm.

In March this year Threadneedle Investments rebranded as Columbia Threadneedle Investments to represent the combined capabilities, reach and resource of Threadneedle and its US-based affiliate Columbia Management.


All figures as at 30 June 2015. Columbia Threadneedle Investments is the global brand name of the Columbia and Threadneedle group of companies. 1. Source: Ameriprise Financial Q2 2015 earnings release. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The value of investments and any income is not guaranteed and can go down as well as up and may be affected by exchange rate fluctuations. This means that an investor may not get back the amount invested. This material is for information only and does not constitute an offer or solicitation of an order to buy or sell any securities or other financial instruments, or to provide investment advice or services.

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Columbia Threadneedle Investments is the global brand name of the Columbia and Threadneedle group of companies.