Here is Chole Leaper one of our AIRS hard at work on her amazing line drawing
& here is how Freya’s work has progressed since yesterday
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October 4th, 2014
October 3rd, 2014
Come see one of our Artists in Residence at Somerset House Embankment Gallery we are here until the 25 October and have 3 Artists in Residence who will be working during the Exhibition.
We are here daily from 10am to 6pm until the 25 October 2014 check out our website www.thenationalopenartcompetition.com and look under events and you can see which artist will be working on which day.
October 3rd, 2014
Do come and visit us at Somerset House, Embankment Galleries – you can see some fabulous works and they are all for sale, we have 3 lovely Artists in Residence who are working on their pieces and you can see them progressing during the exhibition and you can vote for your favorite works and the artist with the most votes from the public will win a £1,000 being the ‘Visitors Choice Award’ – so lots to see and do!
October 3rd, 2014
September 5th, 2014
You have never seen so much wrapping! It is like walking around a recycling factory that only recycles stiffy bags and bubble wrap. Part of the criteria for the venue is not only to accommodate the 500 pieces of work, but provide enough space to house the A-Z packaging operation! The volume of organisation and planning it takes to orchestrate Round 2 of the judging is quite remarkable.
I am currently sitting in the main hall at 2014’s carefully selected venue; The University of Chichester’s Brinsbury Campus in Pulborough and I am surrounded by canvases and frame upon frame of beautiful, colourful artwork and photography.
When I first arrived I was helping Amanda, our competition director and Lucy and Elise her two lovely daughters erect the signage to point you all in the right direction. On entering the main hall, I then met Bob and Nick busily setting up rows and rows of tables for the artwork to lean up against and rest on. The tables are all allocated a category or region from across the country and each has it own sticker which we cross reference with the lists of 500+ successful artists. Each piece is then awarded a sticker and assigned to its section to wait patiently for the judging.
All sorts of tools and materials are needed and we have miles of sellotape and parcel tape, marker pens, blue tack, scissors and a box full of tools. Of course, we mustn’t forget tea, coffee and biscuits! Which then warrants a kettle, a cafetiere, teaspoons, mugs… the list is endless!
All the artwork is handled by our dedicated team using white cotton gloves and care, and laid between the tables are meters of corrugated cardboard to protect the work as it rests on the floor. It is very exciting and a great honor to unwrap each piece that has had many artists hours poured and brushed into it and the surprise of seeing the work for the first time; its like Christmas!
August 20th, 2014
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.
July 30th, 2014
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