Popular open arts competition opens for submissions
By fromepudding | Friday, March 01, 2013, 15:51
Artists and makers from across the South West have until the end of March to submit their work into Frome's Black Swan Arts Centre Open Arts Competition.
The popular competition, which is now an annual event, attracts hundreds of entries from a diverse range of Fine Art and Design mediums, from painting, sculpture, prints and photography to textiles, jewellery and ceramic ware.
And this year, entries are also being invited from makers and designers working in 2D, 3D, performative, time-based and digital media.
"The Black Swan's Open Competition attracts some of the best contemporary artists and makers working in the UK. In 2011, we had more than 500 entries and we are hoping to better that this year by opening it out to makers and designers," said Sonja Klingler, one of the curators .
"Following on from our exhibition Shift – which explored the blurring of the lines between art and craft – we're therefore encouraging makers and designers to submit their work into the competition, which promises to a very exciting exhibition at the end."
Applications are £10 for each piece of work submitted, and each applicant can submit up to four works. All submissions must be for sale, and should be made online at www.blackswanarts.org.uk before the final deadline of 29 March 2013. Judging will take place on Saturday 6 April with the prize giving on the exhibition opening night on Friday 26 April. The competition has again been supported by local organisations.
The Black Swan Arts prize will be a £750 cash prize. Another prize also on offer will be the Bax Family Fine Art Award, which is the seventh time the family has awarded this £250 prize to the winner of the Fine Art category. This year Artist Olivia Bax will also work with the other judges to select the winner of the prize which is given in memory of her Great Grandfather, Claude Bax, an artist of the Newlyn School of Painting having studied under Stanhope Forbes.
The Open Exhibition will run at the Frome gallery from 27 April to 25 May this year.