The FLAD Drawing Award is back for its third edition. Applications for this initiative, which will award 20 thousand euros to the best drawing in Portugal, are open from April 3rd to May 3rd. This initiative is a partnership with Drawing Room Lisboa.

Every year, the FLAD Drawing Award has received hundreds of applications from artists all over the country. Last year we awarded the work of the artist Maria Capelo, who succeeded Pedro Tropa. This year, FLAD is continuing the path of recognizing artistic talent in Portugal and supporting promising artists from our country.

Between April 3rd and May 3rd, all artists of Portuguese nationality or foreigners residing in Portugal for more than five years, aged 28 or over, can apply for this award.

This open call will be developed in two phases. In the first phase 10 finalists will be selected, who will have the opportunity to exhibit their work in the 2023 edition of Drawing Room Lisboa, to be held in October. The finalists will also have the opportunity to open the doors of their ateliers to visits that will be part of the fair’s parallel activities.

The selected one will be known on October 28, in an event held at the Drawing Room Lisboa, and will receive a prize money of 20 thousand euros.

The area of artistic production chosen was the drawing, for its important representation in the Collection of Contemporary Art of FLAD and for constituting an artistic expression of very intimate relationship with the creator of art.

Who can apply?

  • Artists of Portuguese nationality or foreigners resident in Portugal for more than five years;
  • Artists aged 28 years and over at the date of their applications.

How and when to apply:

Documents required:

  • Candidate’s CV in PDF;
  • Portfolio of the candidate (maximum 25 pages);
  • Photograph or image of the candidate (for disclosure in case of selection);
  • Short biography (maximum 300 characters with spaces).

Evaluation of applications:

The winner of the contest will be chosen after the applications are reviewed by the jury, which will take place in two stages:

Stage 1: The applications submitted will be analyzed by a jury consisting of individualities of recognized capacity in the artistic area of importance that will make a selection of up to ten finalist artists. The jury’s decision for the 1st phase will be announced by June 9, 2023. Jury of the first stage:

  • Carolina Pelletier Fontes;
  • Sérgio Fazenda Rodrigues;
  • Sofia Ponte;
  • António Pinto Ribeiro – FLAD representative.

2nd phase: A second jury will select the winner from the set of finalists, who will be announced during Drawing Room Lisboa 2023, which will take place between October 25th and 29th. In this 2nd phase, the jury of the finalists reserves the right to request a visit to their atelier. Jury of the second stage:

  • Ângela Ferreira, artist, who will chair the jury;
  • Mónica Álvarez Careaga – director of Drawing Room Lisboa;
  • Filipa Rocha Nunes, on behalf of FLAD.

The decisions of the juries of both stages cannot be appealed.


FLAD will award the winner of the competition a prize of 20,000 euros.

The winner will be announced on October 28th, at Drawing Room Lisboa, a fair that takes place at Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes, between October 25th and 29th.

Please refer to the Notice of this contest (Notice FLAD Drawing Award 2023) for all the details about the award and the application process.

If you have questions about the prize or the application process, please email