The Football Art Prize is a new open call opportunity for artists. To coincide with 2022 World cup year Touchstones Rochdale, with generous support from Arts Council England, have created The Football Art Prize to celebrate art and football. Artists over the age of 18 working in all two dimensional mediums including photography and moving image will be eligible. The show gives artists the opportunity to showcase their work in a regional touring exhibition opening at Touchstones Rochdale in March 2022 and touring to Sheffield and Sunderland.

The online submission process will be open until 19 November 2021, making it simple for artists from around the world to submit their work and take part. Please read all the information below carefully before entering.

Alongside the exhibition there will be a virtual gallery showcasing all the artists’ shortlisted works. All exhibiting artists will be included in a fully illustrated print catalogue. Awards will be given out to the winners in a prize giving at the start of the exhibition.



Touchstones Rochdale (part of Your Trust)

Housed in a historic Grade II listed building Touchstones Rochdale has five stunning temporary galleries hosting a programme of exhibitions showcasing regional, national and international talent. For further details visit Touchstones Rochdale | Your Trust – Rochdale Boroughwide Cultural Trust.

The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield (part of Sheffield Museums Trust)

The Millennium Gallery is located in the heart of Sheffield centre and presents an engaging creative programme of collection displays, exhibitions and events connected to art, craft and design; from permanent galleries showing the Ruskin Collection and the city’s designated metalwork collection, to nationally significant exhibitions and local festivals. For further details visit Millennium Gallery : Museums Sheffield.

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (part of Sunderland Culture)

Situated in the heart of the city, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens has four floors of galleries and exhibitions. The programme of special exhibitions features both local and national collections, brought to the North East through partnerships with national museums. For further details visit Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens | Sunderland Culture.

The project is supported by Arts Council England.


First Prize £5,000 

Second Prize £3,000

Third Prize £2,000


The Football Art Prize is open to all artists worldwide over the age of 18. Artists may register to enter up to four works for consideration by the Selection Panel. Before entry artists are asked to carefully read the Rules & Guidelines, as all entrants will be asked to confirm acceptance of these during the online entry process.

Step 1
Click on the online entry tab and fill in the details on the registration form.

Step 2
Make your payment. You will be sent an email confirmation with your Unique Reference Number and if you have not used Artopps before you will be sent login details.

Step 3
You must then return to this site to upload your works. If you have not been automatically logged in you must login before going to online entry where you will then be able to upload images of your works.

Step 4
You will have 1-4 slots depending on the number you chose at registration. For each slot you will need to upload an image and the following details: Title, Medium, Year, Dimensions and Price. Once you have uploaded all your images* you can go back and edit your entry up until the deadline. Your application will be automatically entered at 5pm on Friday 19 November. If you would like to purchase more works after registering you can by going to online entry, viewing your My Works page and selecting Add More Works at the bottom of the page.

*Images should be a maximum of 1MB


Artists may submit up to four works at £10 for the first entry and £5 for each additional entry. Artists entering with a Rochdale, Sheffield or Sunderland postcode may enter for £7.50 for the first entry and £5 for additional entries. Entry fees are listed below.

Standard Entry:

One work – £10 

Two works – £15

Three works – £20

Four works – £25

Artists entering with a Rochdale, Sheffield or Sunderland postcode:

One work – £7.50

Two works – £12.50

Three works – £17.50

Four works – £22.50

If you pay to enter less than four works at registration you may add more work/s at £5 each up to the deadline date.


The Football Art Prize will open at Touchstones Rochdale and online and will then tour to The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield and Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens.

Touchstones Rochdale
Open to the public from Saturday 12th March to 26th June 2022 with a Private View on the 11th March

Millennium Gallery, Sheffield
Open to the public from July to October 2022

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
Open to the public from November 2022 to February 2023



Sacha Craddock

Writer, critic, broadcaster

Jo Cunningham

Exhibitions, Collections and Archives Manager, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Mark Doyle

Head of Culture, Touchstones Rochdale

Kirstie Hamilton

Director of Programmes, Sheffield Museums

David James


Mark Wallinger


Gordon Taylor OBE

Former Chief Executive, Professional Footballers' Association


The submission process is two stage. At first stage the selection process will be digital. You must upload a digital image of any work you would like to be considered. If your work is longlisted there will be a physical hand-in of works for selection. 

PLEASE NOTE: You may only enter four works in total.


Artists will be notified of the results of their entry by email in the w/c 22 November 2021. Due to the number of entries we receive we cannot offer individual feedback.


If you are selected you will need to deliver your work to one of the following regional collection points in the UK. Details of these will be released shortly. You will be charged for the use of one of these regional collection points. If you are not selected you will then need to collect your work from the same location.


If you have not heard from us to say that your work has sold by the end of the exhibition please can you arrange for the collection of your work.

After this date, all works that remain uncollected will be removed from the and taken into storage. 

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