The new look awards will culminate in an exhibition of around 40 works at Pallant House Gallery in July 2013, chosen by a panel of selectors. A team of judges will select a first, second and third place from the exhibition as well as two highly commended works, with a coveted first prize of a solo exhibition in the Studio at Pallant House Gallery in 2014.

The prestigious award will raise funds for St Wilfrid's Hospice in Chichester, which offers free end of life care to peope with terminal illnesses and Outside In; a pioneering project started in 2006 by Pallant House Gallery which offers a platform for those who face barriers to the art world due to circumstances such as health, mental health or disability.

The competition is open now, with the cost of entry just £20 per piece (£10 for concessions), and artists can submit up to three artworks each. The closing date for the competition is Friday 3 May 2013 and the exhibition will run from Thursday 11 July  - Sunday 4 August 2013.

For artists who do not have the skills or facilities to apply independently, Pallant House Gallery will be holding two surgery days in which staff will assist those wishing to submit work on Saturday 16 March and Friday 12 April 2013. To book a place, please call Lucy Greenfield on 07735 568531 or email l.greenfield@pallant.org.uk

To enter, visit: www.sussexartistsaward.co.uk