The Robson Orr TenTen Award

A Government Art Collection and Outset Annual Commission

This annual print commission is awarded to an outstanding British artist every year with the support of philanthropists Sybil Robson Orr and Matthew Orr who were inspired by an American initiative by the Foundation for Arts and Preservation in Embassies. Introduced to the Government Art Collection by Outset Contemporary Art Fund, the Robson Orrs’ enthusiasm for supporting a UK art commission with global reach, became the TenTen project. This ten-year commitment will create important new additions to the Collection around the world, while annual sales from eleven of the prints sold through Outset will raise funds for the Collection to acquire art by emerging talent in the UK.

Lubaina Himid standing in from of her TenTen print against a red wall

Robson Orr TenTen Award 2021

In 2021, Lubaina Himid CBE was awarded the Robson Orr TenTen Award 2021 for her print commission Old Boat, New Weather.

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Robson Orr TenTen Award 2020

Yinka Shonibare CBE has been awarded the Robson Orr TenTen Award 2020. His new commission 'Hibiscus and the Rose' was celebrated at a virtual launch in October 2020.

Robson Orr TenTen Award 2019

Leading British artist announced as the second recipient of the Robson Orr TenTen Award. Find out more about this annual print commission, the awardee and the story of the work.

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Robson Orr TenTen Award 2018

A new and exciting 10-year partnership scheme was launched in 2018. Read on to find out more about it and who was the first artist to receive the inaugural award.