Black Swan Arts Young Open 2018 - Entry Guidelines

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We hope that you find all the information you need in these guidelines to enable you to enter the Young Open 2018.  If you have any questions about the competition please contact us on 01373 473980 (office hours 9am-12pm) or e-mail


  • Individual entries accepted from Friday 8 December.
  • Group/school entries accepted from Wednesday 17 January.
  • The closing date for entries has been extended to Friday 23 February.
  • All selected artworks must be delivered to the Black Swan Arts Long Gallery on Wednesday 7, Thursday 8 or Friday 9 March 1 - 5pm, or Saturday 10 between 10am-4pm and Sunday 11 March 10am - 1pm.
  • The EXHIBITION will be open from Midday, Saturday 17 March - Saturday 7 April


  • Entry is online only at
  • All forms of art and craft work can be entered – painting, drawing, collage, pottery, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, photography, animation, video as well as metal work, carpentry and sculpture.
  • There are 3 age groups:
    • 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
      Price for group entries below
  • The maximum number of entries per person is FOUR.

The entry process is in three parts:

  • The entry form to be filled in with personal information
  • The uploading of photo/s of the artwork/s
  • The payment which must made before work is accepted.  

Each entry will be seen by our selection committee who will choose the works to be included in the exhibition.  If chosen, your work will be curated, judged and exhibited for hundreds of people to see.  If you are a winner your prize will be a unique, one-to-one workshop given by one of the following inspirational working artists.

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 dyes

Nicky Knowles – Painting/collage

Ben O’Brien - Illustration

Gladys Paulus – Felt making

Chris Pig - Printmaking

Alex Relph – Metalwork/Sculpture

SCHOOLS CAN MAKE GROUP ENTRIES,  see information below 



  • The size of two-dimensional pictures must not be bigger than A2 (594 x 420 mm/23.4in x 16.5in) including any borders.
  • Three-dimensional pieces must fit on a base no bigger than 500 x 500 mm (19.75in x 19.75in).


  • Prepare a digital camera or phone to take the picture;
  • Put the work in a clear space or on a plain wall;
  • Make sure that:
    • Only the artwork is in the photo,
    • It is clear, bright and in focus,
    • It is in colour.
  • Upload the photo onto a computer;
  • Transfer the photo from your camera or phone to your computer;
  • Save the photo in a JPEG file.  It must be NO BIGGER THAN 1MB;
  • Give the image a title you will remember, such as your name and title of work.


Before you begin have the following ready

  • Information about you and the artwork
  • The photo/s ready to upload
  • A card to use for payment
  • You must follow the instructions on the screen carefully


IMPORTANT NOTICE: when typing, take care to take out extra punctuation from the file name and image title.  So, remove extra full stops and apostrophes. Dashes/hyphens and spaces are fine.  Keep the subtitle fewer than 35 words.

As well as your name, contact details and school, you will need to include:

  • The SELLING PRICE (if you are happy for your work to be sold, please note Black Swan Arts take a 20% commission) 

Agree that you are happy for the Black Swan Arts to use your artwork online and in print and read, understand and agree to the Terms & Conditions.

You will know your entry has been successfully accepted when you get an email confirming your payment.  If you don’t get that message within three days of sending your entry, please email us at

If you are having problems entering your artwork online, please do not hesitate to email explaining your reasons and we will email you with links to a downloadable entry form.


GROUP ENTRY GUIDELINES for schools and clubs

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              
  • All forms of art and craft can be entered – painting, drawing, collage, pottery, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, metalwork, woodwork, photography, video, animation and sculpture.
  • Not all pieces of work will be accepted for the exhibition.

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 students you will need their name and email address. Students can enter up to four artworks each. Once a student has been registered by you they will be sent a confirmation email with login details in order to complete their entry details. You will also have their login details on your application page. Please contact or telephone 01373 473980 for further information.