Black Swan Arts Young Open 2018
Closed Friday 23rd February 2018
BLACK SWAN ARTS YOUNG OPEN 2018
Exhibition Open Sat 17 March – Sat 7 April (over Easter holidays)
Prize giving 12 midday Sat 17
Black Swan Arts Centre in Frome, Somerset is proud to announce the launch of the Black Swan Arts Young Open competition for 2018.
Now in its fifth year, the Black Swan Arts Young Open has become the most successful and prestigious art competition for young people between the ages of 8 and 19 years old in the South West, attracting hundreds of entries from individuals, schools and youth groups.
Entries to the 2018 competition will be judged, curated and displayed in one of the region’s leading contemporary art galleries and, as in previous years, prizes will be awarded in three age-group categories. These unique prizes will be in the form of one-to-one, individualised, creative workshops with practising and successful artists.
So, if you are between 8 and 19 years old, would like the opportunity to have your work exhibited at the Black Swan Arts Centre, as well as judged to win a prize, get creating NOW because the deadline for entering your artwork into the competition is: 16 February 2018.
We want to see original artwork in as many mediums or processes as possible; the more unique the better: painting, ceramics, modelling, drawing, inks, photography, video, animation, textiles, collage, linocuts, screen-prints, lithographs,
The selection committee has been closely involved with the competition since it started and they know the extraordinary level of work the young talent in the area can produce.
There are 3 age categories:
There is plenty of time to take part because the closing date is not until 16 February.
If you need some creative inspiration, look no further than our Pinterest page, where you will find hundreds of ideas and inspiring images to help you. All we ask is that you do not copy these images. We want to see your original work; the more unique the better.
Visitors to the exhibition will also have an opportunity to take an active part in the competition and win for themselves an exciting prize, by voting for 'The People's Choice' award.
2018 will see Black Swan Arts Young Open in its fifth year. The EXHIBITION will be open from Saturday 17th March - Saturday 7th April in the Black Swan Gallery, the Café & the Round Tower.
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The Young Open Workshop Prize has become an integral part of the success of the competition, with successful professional artists offering 13 brilliant prizes of individual creative workshops. These inspirational working artists and craftspeople carefully tailor each of the sessions which are designed to develop the skills and broaden the artistic experience of the winners in each of the 3 age categories. Every artist comes from a different discipline.
Jenny Barton - Ceramics
Amanda Bee – Painting
Hans Borgonjon - Pottery
Fiona Campbell – Sculpture
David Daniels – Animation
Suzie Gutteridge – Felting
Rosie Hart – Digital Media and Painting
Mayumi Kaneko – Natural
Nicky Knowles – Painting/collage
Ben O’Brien - Illustration
Gladys Paulus – Felt making
Chris Pig - Printmaking
Alex Relph – Metalwork/Sculpture
If selected, your artwork will be curated, judged and exhibited for hundreds of people to see and, if you are a prize winner, your prize will be a unique, one-to-one workshop given by an inspirational working artist, designed to help you become more creative.
If you have any questions about the competition please contact Black Swan Arts, by telephone on 01373 473980 or e-mail at email@example.com
This Young Open Competition demonstrates the on-going and major commitment of Black Swan Arts to the development of talent and to the building of strong links with the community, locally, regionally and nationally.
- All forms of art and craft work are eligible – painting, drawing, collage, pottery, ceramics, photography, animation, video, jewellery, textiles,
metal work, carpentry and sculpture.
- The size
fortwo-dimensional pictures must not exceed A2 (594 x 420 mm, 23.4in x 16.5in) including borders. The size of three-dimensional pieces must fit on a base not exceeding 50cm².
- There are 3 age categories:
- 8yrs – 11yrs
- 12yrs – 15yrs
- 16yrs – 19yrs
- The cost is:
- £5 for one artwork
- £8 for two artworks
- £10 for three artworks
- £12 for four artworks
Maximumnumber of entries – FOUR.
- To enter the competition you will need (or get help from someone) to upload a photograph of your work using the online entry form.
- Payment is online.
We welcome group entries from schools and clubs.
- There are 3 age groups
- 8yrs – 11yrs
- 12yrs – 15yrs
- 16yrs – 19yrs
- The cost of entry is:
10 artworks and under £40 11-20 artworks £75 21-30 artworks £105 31-40 artworks £130 41+ artworks £150
TEACHERS/GROUP LEADERS – You can register as many students/artworks as you like by buying credits. One credit is equal to one artwork. In order to enter
|Online entry open:
Individual- Friday 8 December - Friday 23 February
|Notification of successful entry:||Friday 2 March|
|Delivery of artwork to Main Gallery:
1-5pm on 7, 8 and 9 March
|Judging of artwork:||Thursday 15 March|
|Exhibition Opening:||Midday, Saturday 17 March|
|People’s Choice Award announced:||Friday 6 April|
3.00pm Saturday 7 April
Collection of artwork:
10-4, Sunday 8 April, 3.30-5pm, Monday 9,
COLLECTION ON THESE DATES ONLY