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The World Illustration Awards 2020 are open for entries!

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Be ambitious, be seen, be celebrated

 

Presented by the AOI in partnership with USA based Directory of Illustration, the World Illustration Awards are presented in a refreshed format for 2020, offering illustrators the opportunity to have their most ambitious work seen and celebrated!

The Awards are open to professional and new talent illustrators living and working in any country in any format and media.

The competition is judged by an independent jury across ten exciting, refreshed categories representing work being made in the industry today. New categories include Book Covers, Science & Technology, and Design, Product & Packaging.

500 illustrators will be longlisted, and featured on the AOI Website.

200 shortlisted entrants will be presented in a digital and print publication sent to commissioners worldwide, and presented in a new-look exhibition at Elephant West, one of London’s most exciting cultural venues.

This incredible exposure often leads to new clients, commissions and illustration jobs.

The Overall Winners will be presented cash prizes sponsored by Winsor&Newton at the Awards Ceremony, to be announced alongside the Category Winners, who will each take home a coveted WIA Trophy. In addition, four Cross-Category Awards will be presented this year, including a new Innovation Award, recognising work that truly pushes the boundaries of the artform.

Deadline: 18 February 2020

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One of the ten Professional Category Winners will be named as the WIA2020 Overall Professional Winner. They will win a generous cash prize of £2,000 sponsored by Winsor&Newton, and a two-page marketing package in the Directory of Illustration, valued at $4,330 US Dollars, including a 100-image professional portfolio on directoryofillustration.com

One of the ten New Talent Category Winners will be named as the WIA2020 Overall New Talent Winner. They will win a generous cash prize £1,000 sponsored by Winsor&Newton, and a copy of the Directory of Illustration.

All 20 Category Winners (one New Talent and one Professional per category) will receive a WIA Trophy, an enhanced entry in the catalogue, a profile feature on the AOI website, and a complimentary AOI membership for one year with all the benefits this brings including business advice, discounted online portfolio and Varoom subscription.

20 Highly Commended Projects (one New Talent and one Professional per category) will receive a WIA Certificate.

Selected from any AOI Member shortlisted for WIA2020. The winner will receive a complimentary year-long membership plus folio, a copy of the Guide to Law and the current Directories, worth £296.95, a WIA Certificate and profile feature on the AOI website.

All shortlisted New Talent entries will be eligible for the SAA Agents Award for New Talent, offering the winner a six month trial representation with one of the leading SAA Illustration agents, which will include mentoring and career development. During that time, the winner will also benefit from having their work showcased on the SAA’s website and across their social media platforms. The winner will also be presented with a WIA certificate and profile feature on the AOI website.

The DI Award winner will receive a single page marketing package in the Directory of Illustration, valued at $2,695 US Dollars. The program includes a 100-image professional portfolio on directoryofillustration.com plus a one-on-one consultation with a professional Directory of Illustration marketing consultant on how to best present your work to the American market. The winner will also be presented with a WIA certificate and profile feature on the AOI website.

One shortlisted project will be selected for a new Innovation Award, to be awarded for a project displaying considerable innovation and experimentation with the artform. It will be judged by at least two jury members. The winner will be presented with a WIA certificate and profile feature on the AOI website.

Deadline: 
02/08/2020

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Fee Detail: 
£29 (GBP) per Single Entry // £49 (GBP) per Multiple Entry (inclusive of VAT) €34 (EURO) per Single Entry // €58 (EURO) per Multiple Entry (inclusive of VAT) $33 (USD) per Single Entry // $60 (USD) per Multiple Entry
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Call for artist collaborator with Chloe Dewe Mathews and The Ballad of Peckham Rye 
February – April 2020 (9 hours)  Honorarium: £150 Please note the honorarium is for the initial time required to develop a collaborative proposal.  
  
The Project 

Since 2013 artist Chloe Dewe Mathews has developed a body of work that explores the urban environment of the London Borough of Southwark and its rich community of African churches. Sunday Service (2013), commissioned by Tate Modern, explored the reinvention of architectural space in the urban environment, cataloguing a rapid shift from industrial to religious space, while its companion piece, Congregation (2015), looked more closely at the collective religious experience and the nature of expressive worship. Many of Dewe Mathews’s projects take years of preparation, however this body of work is unique in that it represents a sustained engagement with the specifics of her local area and its communities over an extended period.  

Dewe Mathews initially produced Sunday Service as a response to the remarkable fact that in 2011 Southwark had the highest density of African Christianity anywhere in the world outside Africa. Five years on, Dewe Mathews is interested to return to this subject and has been working with Dr. Andrew Rogers (Principal Lecturer in Practical Theology) at Roehampton University on new research that suggests the African population is now moving east, away from Southwark. Peckham has been going through the process of gentrification for over a decade and much anecdotal evidence from church leaders suggests that issues finding space are more keenly felt within the community than ever.  

TBOPR are seeking to commission Dewe Mathews to develop a new work that would use the research and questions posed in Sunday Service and Congregation as a starting point, from which to examine the specific nature of Pentecostal worship in Peckham today. As part of the commission we are seeking to develop a collaborative partnership with an artist whose practice explores similar themes and/or has a connection to local communities in Southwark, to ensure this project brings a necessary and relevant response to Peckham’s changing religious landscape. We envisage the collaboration will result in a co-authored work made in discussion with TBOPR and other members of the community. 

Sunday Service

Sunday Service (2013) C-type print photographic series, 150 x 120 cm and 76 x 61 cm  Sunday Service was commissioned by Tate Modern in 2013. The work was exhibited in the McAulay Gallery, Tate Modern, 28 May – 13 July 2014 and was accompanied by a free publication. 
http://www.chloedewemathews.com/sunday-service/ 

Located in small industrial estates, opposite railway stations, on busy high streets, in former office blocks and bingo halls, in 2011 there were said to be 240 African churches in the south London borough of Southwark, more than double the number of other types of churches in the area. Research by Roehampton University suggested that this represented the greatest concentration of African Christianity in the world outside of Africa. Sunday Service explored the reinvention of architectural space in the urban environment, cataloguing a rapid shift from industrial to religious space, in this pocket of South London. The series combined portraits of people who use and have repurposed the buildings, with photographs of the spaces themselves, which act like collaged records of a local history. 

Congregation (2015)  
Three-channel video installation, commissioned by Tate Modern, first shown in 2015 at Bosse & Baum, Copeland Park Industrial Estate, London. With sound by Coby Sey. Duration: 08:57 http://www.chloedewemathews.com/congregation/ Link here: https://vimeo.com/user104036403/review/367755130/998d6787d3 Password - Congregation 

Congregation is a three-channel video installation exploring collective religious experience and the nature of expressive worship in south London’s African churches. The nine-minute piece, featuring a number of Pentecostal churches in Peckham and Camberwell, combines intimate footage of personal reflection, with large-scale shots of communal ecstasy. In a departure from her practice at the time, Dewe Mathews used moving imagery and sound, rather than still photography, to respond to the dynamic and multi-layered church experience. 

Dewe Mathews said: “I became increasingly interested in the range of spiritual experiences that people were going through on any given Sunday. It’s the fascinating question of how personal experience becomes something else when in a group - a collective experience. How we all influence each other, affect each other and feed off each other. I'm intrigued by congregations as a whole, sometimes performative, other times contemplative but each week a slightly different collective character emerges and it’s more than the sum of its parts.

Congregation was commissioned by Tate Modern and the first screening of the video installation was hosted by Bosse & Baum, a gallery based in an industrial estate on the site of a former church in Peckham. The video footage was projected directly onto the warehouse walls, referencing the building’s history as well as the strong audio visual presence in many of the churches she was working in. The original soundtrack was created by Coby Sey, using recordings made during church services.
 

Deadline: 
12/20/2019

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Fee Detail: 
£150
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Call for art internationally, South East London Exhibition

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Warbling invites international submissions of contemporary art for a carefully curated group exhibition to be held in East Dulwich, London from the 25th February - 7th March 2020. All mediums will be considered for the exhibition including sculpture, installation, video, painting, printmaking, photography and site-specific. 


Titled ‘To all our absent dialogues’, it’s completely up to each artist submitting to come to their own conclusions on how the title might relate or sit nicely alongside their practice. It’s interesting to read different ideas and interpretations of our titles in the submissions form, however, it is not obligatory to do so and often if a work stands out, it can be related in some way to the other works being considered within the exhibition as a whole, from our own perspective.

The exhibition is to be curated by Robyn Graham and will be returning to 155a Gallery in East Dulwich, South East London, a space in which we first made our home in August 2019 for ‘Of course, I haven’t forgotten!’. 155a Gallery is an enticing space that was once a Victorian Bakery, with many subtle characteristics and charms lending itself well to a careful and intimate group show. 155a is also ever becoming more and more engaged with the South East London artist community since opening in November 2018, and we’re very excited to be part of the programme again!

 

Deadline: 
01/10/2020

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£20
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Open call for Spoken Word evening

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​​​​​​'Articulate' and it was developed within the non-profit art gallery, Bermondsey Project Space, to allow for experimental conversation and writing, providing a safe space which is an accessible and welcoming platform for underrepresented people, and to all, addressing topics such as society, culture and politics. 

After a very successful first event we are looking for new performers! 

  • Open call for creatives to perform at Spoken Word evening
  •  Bermondsey Project Space, London (few minutes walk from London Bridge station) 
  •  Event date: January 2020 (date TBC) 
  •  We are interested to hear from (not limited to) spoken word artists, poets, singers, performance artists ...

*Works in any stage of production are welcomed, we are keen to display creative experimental pieces 

Please note that the Bermondsey Project Space is a non-for-profit platform.

 

Deadline: 
01/05/2019

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The Derwent Art Prize 2020 Call for Entries

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Derwent, internationally renowned fine art brand, are proud to announce that the fifth instalment of the Derwent Art Prize is now open for entries.

The Derwent Art Prize was conceived in 2012 and aims to reward excellence by showcasing the very best 2D & 3D artworks created in any pencil or coloured pencil as well as water soluble, pastel, graphite and charcoal. Since the Derwent Art Prize began, the competition has attracted more than 10,000 entries from almost 70 countries, with the 2018 edition of the opportunity receiving 3,231 entries from 1,275 artists worldwide.

Derwent are delighted to introduce the selectors for 2020: the artist Charles Avery; the Director of Turner Contemporary Victoria Pomeroy OBE; and the writer and art critic Alice Rawsthorn.

Despite being told by art school tutors to ‘stop drawing’ because ‘drawing is not a masterable art’, Charles Avery has since seen his drawings featured in The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Scotsman, Frieze, Apollo, FAD Magazine and A-N. Avery is best known for his long-term project The Islanders, which has been exhibited widely and which has represented Scotland at the Venice Biennale. Victoria Pomery OBE is the Director of Turner Contemporary, an art gallery in Margate that presents a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions. Victoria believes that the arts play an integral role in our society and stresses the fact that both the arts and the people who deliver them must adapt to changing audiences and changing times. Alice Rawsthorn is an award-winning design critic and critically acclaimed author. Alice has worked as a journalist for The Financial Times and The New York Times, has held the position of Director at the Design Museum, London, and has participated in multiple global design events including TED and the annual meetings of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

From the total artworks submitted, approximately fifty will be selected for display at the gallery@oxo, London from 22nd April – 4th May 2020. Prizes totalling £12,500 plus a special edition box of 100 Lightfast Pencils will be awarded in a private awards ceremony on the opening night of the exhibition.  We are delighted to announce the introduction of a number of special incentives for young artists: a Young Artist First Prize of £4,000, a Young Artist Second Prize of £2,000, and a reduced entry fee for young artists - just £5 per work. In addition, ten young artists will be selected for an online exhibition which will be available to view for one month on the Derwent website. The exhibition will provide the selected artists with additional exposure for their work to a highly engaged audience.

Derwent is committed to supporting artists in the form of both cash prizes and exposure. For this reason, the 2020 edition of the Prize will see one artist winning an Advertorial Award with Aesthetica Magazine, an international art and culture publication with a readership of over 400,000, and the Young Artist Winner having their winning entry displayed at the Moniker Art Fair, a hyper-curated five day contemporary art fair exhibiting an international roster of the finest artists and galleries at the cutting edge of urban art and culture - in New York in May 2020 and London in October 2020. Derwent is passionate about building both a community and a legacy for the Art Prize. As an exhibitor, the story doesn’t end with the close of the London exhibition; you become part of the Art Prize community which Derwent strives to support through opportunities such as involvement in art fairs and online exhibitions.

Following the success of two French artists – France Bizot, First Prize and Emma Bertin Sanabria, Young Artist Prize - in 2018, the Derwent Art Prize 2020 will be shown in Paris, which will be the first time that the exhibition has travelled abroad. It will be available to view at 20 Rue Saint Claude from 12th – 17th May 2020.

Artists may submit up to six works that are both original and created in pencil. To enter and for further details including full terms and conditions on entry requirements, please visit: www.derwent-artprize.com

Prizes: 

A total prize fund of £12,500 is awarded at the Private View at Gallery@OXO, London.  Prizes are as follows:

First Prize  £4,000 plus a year’s supply of Derwent products

Second Prize  £2,000

Young Artist First Prize (For artists under 25 years) £4,000 

Young Artist Second Prize (For artists under 25 years) £2,000

People’s Choice Award £500

In addition, we are delighted to announce that all the First and Second prize winners will receive a special box of Derwent Lightfast Pencils. The revolutionary core is resistant to prolonged colour change ensuring artwork will not fade for up to 100 years under museum conditions.

Deadline: 
02/17/2020

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GENERAL ADMISSION: The entry fee is £15 for the first work and £5 for additional works. Artists may only enter once, with a maximum of 6 images. YOUNG ARTIST CONCESSION: Artists under 25 years of age will pay £5 per work.
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Call for Artists - Average Art 43 (February 2020)

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Average Art is an industry focused art magazine. Our goal is to draw attention to self representing artists. We are now taking entries for the February edition of Average Art Magazine.

 

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Feature in monthly art magazine

Deadline: 
01/22/2020

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Fee Detail: 
Free
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