Open call for entries is from 10.00 am Friday 16th July until 5.00 pm on Tuesday 31st August 2021.
The Competition is open to all UK artists, over the age of 18 years old on 16th July 2021.
Members of the Society can enter up to 3 works for free with a maximum of two accepted, one of which is guaranteed.
Non-members can enter up to 2 works.
One work – £15.00
Two works – £27.00
Young artists (aged 18 – 25) may submit up to 2 works at £5 per work.
Entries may include paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints or mixed media. Digital prints and collaborative artworks can be submitted (see rules and guidelines for further details). No photography, or Giclée reproductions, or copies of original works generated in other media will be accepted, except in specific circumstances where it is necessary to submit a photographic record of a work. Under these circumstances, pre-authorisation from the BSA executive committee is required. For authorisation please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exhibits must be original, the artist’s unaided work.
Works must be for sale for a minimum of £100, with the exception of prints. There is no ceiling on sales prices. Commission is 43.5% (the Bath Society of Artists is not VAT registered).
To submit work, please go to online entry and complete the entry form where you will be asked to enter your details and pay for your submission. Please note that payment does NOT mean your application is complete. To complete your application you must upload an image of your work(s). If you have successfully registered you will be able to edit your entry via the online entry tab.
You are free to go back and make any changes up until the deadline which is 5.00 pm on 31st August 2021. After this point your entry will be automatically recorded, as shown at that time.
After that date and time, you will be able to continue to have sight of your entries until Sunday 26th September, so that those coming to Handing-in Day will be able to write their labels direct from their online record.
There are no size or weight restrictions within reason. The gallery does show off larger works to advantage; sizes of up to 150cm have been exhibited previously but bear in mind that even if a work is accepted there may not always be room to hang it. 3D work should be stable and safe to exhibit.
Once the submission date has passed, a preliminary online selection panel made up of Executive committee members and BSA members will select out both 2D and 3D artworks from all the submissions, to go forward to the final selection process. Artists will be advised one way or another by email, if their work has been selected for the next stage (see key dates).
The final selection stage will be held in the gallery on Sunday 26th September 2021. 2D work will be voted in by guest selectors: Charlotte Sorapure NEAC; David Inshaw, President of the Bath Society of Artists; Jon Benington, Manager, Victoria Art Gallery; and BSA members: Dorothea Whitley-Smyth AMNS; Howard Jeffs; Sam Heath; Lindy Wright; Janet Freeman and Susanna Lisle; 3D work will be voted in by guest selector David Simon and BSA members Ed Chudleigh MBE; Mary-Jane Evans; Iain Cotton and Holly Bennett.
Artists will be advised by email if their work has been selected to be displayed in the Victoria Art Gallery (see key dates). Work selected for the exhibition will also be included on the Victoria Art Gallery’s website which will go live, as close to the 2nd October opening date as is possible.
There is no guarantee once finally selected, that we will be able to display every artwork in the gallery; especially if an increase in Covid cases leads to more restrictions in October, which could either reduce the numbers of artworks on show, or transfer the whole exhibition online, as last year. Any artwork selected but not displayed, will need to be collected from the gallery on the given collection days.
This year, we are pleased to announce three judges: Marc Quinn who will select the 3D prize winner; Fiona Robertson PRWA and David Simon of David Simon Contemporary, who together will select the remaining prize winners. Artists chosen for awards will be advised of their success and encouraged to attend a preview evening (if allowed at that time) to receive their award.
BSA Prizes include:
• Bath Society of Artists Prize (£1,500)
• Bath Society of Artists Runner up prize (£750)
• Bath Society of Artists Prize for a 3D work (£250)
• Bath Society of Artists Young Artists Prize (£250)
• Bath Society of Artists Painting Prize(£250)
• Bath Society of Artists Drawing Prize (£250)
• Bath Society of Artists Print Prize (£250)
• Meltone Gallery Small Picture Framing Prize – (£100 Gift Voucher)
• Pegasus Art Prize – (£100 Gift Voucher)
• Minerva Art Supplies Prize (£50 Gift Voucher)
• St Cuthberts Mill Work on Paper Prize (20 sheets of Saunders Waterford 300gsm CP)
Please note the new normal for the Victoria Art Gallery is that they are closed on Mondays excluding Bank Holidays. For collection days that fall on a Monday, the side door will be open just for pickups and the main gallery will remain closed.
|Online submission opens||Friday 16th July 2021|
|Online submission deadline||Tuesday 31st August 2021 at 5.00pm|
|First stage notifications||Tuesday 14th September 2021|
|Handing-in day at the gallery||Saturday 25th September 2021*|
|Online access to entries closes||Sunday 26th September 2021|
|Final selection notifications||Tuesday 28th September 2021|
|Preview evening (If possible)||Friday 1st October 2021|
|Commencement of exhibition||Saturday 2nd October 2021|
|Handing back non-selected work||Thurs 30th Sept; & Fri 1st, Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd Oct*|
|Exhibition ends||Saturday 20th November 2021|
|Collection of unsold work||Sun 21st & Mon 22nd November 2021*|
*NB. All times for Handing-in work and collections at the Gallery will be from 10.30 am until 4.00 pm
Please note: For any works not collected after the 22nd November, a charge of £5 per work, per week will be made by the Gallery. The Gallery also reserves the right to dispose of uncollected works after Monday 6th December 2021
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