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  Self-portrait by Gregory Mortenson



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 over the age of 16 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
Previous winners are: David Piddock (UK), Bradley Wood (Canada), Gregory Mortenson (USA)
‘I’m over the moon about winning The Moth Art Prize. The Moth has always been brilliantly curated, with exquisite artwork and thoughtful writing throughout. And a couple of weeks in the countryside is exactly what my artist soul needs.’ Gregory Mortenson

‘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

‘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 


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 30 August 2019


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, and within 12 months of winning). 

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