Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

Anyone over 16 years old! 

It is not necessary to identify as a women or an artist or to have been involved in the movement before. It is essential to be "Nasty".

Can I apply with a friend or as part of a group?

Yes please do! We very much welcome submissions from all sorts of "Nasty" groups for example community groups, makers, craftivists, activists, WI groups, theatre companies, ukulele ensembles... the list is (probably) endless... As long as you are working together to create a proposal that can be installed on / performed by Kitt's head, then that's great!

Can I apply with a friend or as part of a group AND submit a separate proposal as an individual?

Yes please!

What do you mean by "being Nasty" ?

  1. Believing in equality and wanting to protect human rights (in particular women’s and LGBTQ+ rights)

  2. Wanting to use art/ support others to use art (in the broadest sense of the word- craftivism, poetry, dance, drag, music, knitting etc.) to help increase equality and protect human rights

  3. Being happy to welcome and support others who also want to do these things…..


If this sounds like you then as far as we are concerned you are Nasty - Hurrah!!!


How do I apply?



  1. Your name, email address, telephone number and country you live in

  2. Proposal for an artwork for the “Plenty Up Top Gallery” (1 page of A4 ONLY which can include text, drawing / photography). Please read “What should I put in a proposal”, below, carefully before submitting

  3. "How Me And My Work Are Nasty" statement (150 words max) about why you identify as a “Nasty” artist / activist/ maker / crafter / group and why your work is Nasty

  4. Brief biog (150 words max. - we would particularly like to know about your creative / activist activities)

  5. Links to your website(s), social media, any relevant press

  6. The names, postal addresses, email addresses and contact telephone numbers of two referees (these people will only be contacted if you are being considered for one of the final four prizes. Referees should be in a position to comment on your ability to meet deadlines and work collaboratively, as well as your creative/ activist work!)


To by 11pm GMT, Monday April 30th, 2018


pay your submission fee HERE

PLEASE NOTE: submissions that run over the specific word counts indicated above will not be considered


What in the world is the “Plenty Up Top Gallery”? It's a gallery situated on the head of artist and activist Lady Kitt. Kitt established the gallery in 2017 after being diagnosed with Alopecia Areata (patchy baldness). It is a space that Kitt uses and offers to other artists to create temporary (for up to a week) works of art / activism with a particular focus on human rights, body positivity and queer visibility. Works can include (although are not limited to!) hair shaving / dying / styling, millinery, performance, body painting.


For more info and images see:


What should I put in a proposal? Proposals for the Nasty Women International Art Prize 2018, can be for new works or adaptations of old works (to suit the venue!). For example, mounting a pre-existing work (painting, photograph, sculpture, a manifesto, book) on Lady Kitt’s head in the form of a head piece / hat. The work can be shaved into Kitt’s hair or painted on to their head / face.


The judging panel is keen to see work that engages with the ideas of art as a form of activism / activism as a creative discipline. We are interested in work that can do one or some of the following:

  • enthuse us about a cause

  • bring people together

  • be interactive

  • help us understand a new or different perspective

  • be funny or irreverent

  • inspire us (and others) to get involved in making things and changing the world!


The work can include performative elements, if you feel they will enhance the piece, for example Kitt talking to viewers about the content of the work / reciting a certain text / attending relevant events whilst wearing the work / anything else you can think of! Please note that any performance elements must be safe and legal!


We are very happy to receive proposals that do not include specific performance elements. Work can be worn by Kitt during their daily activities or worn by them as an installation. For installations Kitt is prepared to remain still for up to 5 hrs whilst wearing the work.


In your proposal please be very clear about what you intend to present and how it will be installed / worn.


We do not expect proposals to be complex / intricate. A simple idea presented in a clear and strong way can be extremely effective. If you intend the work to be worn as part of a choreographed performance / installation please be very specific about what this will entail (please tell us how long it will last, how the viewers / audience will watch / interact with it, what you will expect Kitt to do, what type of venue you imagine it being in (a gallery/ outside/ a theatre setting), detail any props/ technical equipment you may need, for example chairs or a microphone).

Your proposal could include numbered instructions, imagined scenarios, strip cartoons illustrating the wearing of your piece, photos of mock ups, “scripts”- anything that you think will help the judges understand how your piece will be worn and experienced.

We advise having someone, who does not know much (ideally nothing!) about your proposal look through it before you submit it, to check that you are communicating your ideas clearly.

The main restriction is that the work must be safe to install and wear! If the work is complicated to install or involves aspects that could pose a danger to Lady Kitt please include a brief, informal risk assessment with your submission, explaining how any risks can be sensibly managed.

What dates do I need to be aware of?

  • Submissions open: Thursday March 8th 2018

  • Submissions close: Monday April 30th 2018, 11pm GMT - submission MUST be with us by this date to be considered.

  • Round 1 Judging: May 2018

  • 1st (pop up) exhibition at PRAXIS Gallery, Newcastle-upon Tyne, UK. This exhibition will show the proposals of every single entry to the prize. At the event we will announce the 25 "highly commended artists" (all of whom will be considered for the second round of judging): Thursday June 14th 2018 (TBC)

  • Announcement of the winner of 4th prize (artist residency) and three finalists: June 20th, 2018

  • Final three winners make physical work to install on “Plenty Up Top Gallery”: July, August and September, 2018

  • Pop up show of work by final three artists  in London, UK: 4th – 7th October, 2018

  • Round 3 of judging: 4th – 7th October 2018

  • Winner announced: 7th October 2018 (TBC)

  • Group show including work by 3 finalists in Amsterdam, Holland: late 2018/2019 dates TBC

  • Opportunities to show work in USA, UK and NL: late 2018/2019 dates TBC with winning artist