So the entries closed this year with the last submission heading in just before midnight. That final weekend is always exciting for us with many entries coming in at the last moment and we are delighted to receive them all. That then left just over a week before the first round of judging at The Art’s Club in Mayfair, where the panel were enthralled by your paintings and etchings, wonderful photography and more. There is always much debate and sometimes disagreement but that’s what makes the process so enlightening. Norman Ackroyd RA cheered everyone up with his mismatched socks and witty banter whilst Chris Orr RA offered his experienced commentary. Caroline Irby and Vanessa Branson provided a wonderfully objective and feminine balance to proceedings.
But the end of that day brings equal joy and disappointment when we inform our entrants who is proceeding through to the 2nd round of judging. It’s lovely to hear how thrilled and excited you are to receive good news and this year Jess Taylor won the Twitter prize for the most delighted of all, but we also understand how disappointing it is to miss out, especially when you work so hard to create such beautiful work. Don’t forget we are not just about the show. We have a big Twitter, Facebook and online platform where we can help you share and show your work too. That isn’t a selective club! It’s for ALL of you and we are always happy to spread the word about your own news and exhibitions.
The 2nd round of judging takes place next week. That is when the final works to hang at the exhibition are chosen and the Judges will select the winners. But you’ll have to wait for that news until the prize giving at Somerset House on 24th & 26th September. So for those, still in with a chance, GOOD LUCK! For those who missed out this year, there will be a new panel next year, so please don’t give up.