Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Call for Entries: 9th UKCPS Annual Open International Exhibition 2010

Any coloured pencil artist, anywhere in the world,
is invited to enter
9th Open International Exhibition 2010
of the
United Kingdom Coloured Pencil Society (UKCPS)
sponsored by Caran d'Ache

The UKCPS has issued its Call for Entries for the Ninth Annual United Kingdom Coloured Pencil Society Open International Exhibition 2010. Artists working in coloured pencil and living anywhere in the world are eligible to enter.

The exhibition will be held at the Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St Mary’s Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2DL between 13th September 2010 and 1st October 2010.

If you are thinking about entering and are wondering about the type and standard of work submitted to and selected for this exhibition, you can see images of exhibited and award-winning work in the blog posts below relating to last year's exhibition and also on the exhibition page on the UKCPS website

Winner of the Derwent Award for Best in Show (£400) and the People’s Choice Award (£50)
UKCPS Annual Open International Exhibition 2009
Old -Timers, One, Two, Free! by Kate Clarke
3x(39x26) cm, coloured pencils (£845)

Call for entries – what you need to know

The combined Call For Entries and Entry Form document was despatched with the March edition of Talking Point to UKCPS members last week and should now have been received by all members living in the UK.

Members, associate members and on members can also now download the formal Call for Entries (pdf downloadable form) and Entry Form from the calendar/events page of the UKCPS website. The form contains details about the topics identified above plus insurance, shipping, post, collection, sales and commission.

The key aspects of what you need to know when deciding whether to submit work have been set out below as a check list. However please ensure you read all of the call for entries form carefully before submitting your entry.

Eligible work

  • Submission is open to all living artists. You do not need to be a member of UKCPS or live in the UK.
  • Entries must not have been shown in a previous UKCPS exhibition.
Originality, reference material and copyright:
  • The work must demonstrate compositional and drawing skills and an ability to use colour from a pencil source
  • The work must be original (concept, design and execution by the artist)
  • Any photographic reference used for the entire or as the primary source must be taken by the artist
  • Subject to UK and International copyright laws, reference images may used to contribute and build up a final composition provided the final work does not resemble any reference source in a recognisable way.
Eligible Media
  • The work must be 100% coloured pencil
  • Coloured Pencils and crayons that are wax-based, oil-based or water-soluble (e.g. Caran d’Ache Neocolor II or Derwent Aquatone)
  • Graphite pencil used in moderation under or between layers of coloured pencil
  • Solvents or water used to dissolve the pencil
  • Manufactured coloured support (paper, board etc.)
  • Artist prepared uniform white background (eg gesso)

Ineligible Media/Work
  • Pastel pencils; acrylic, oil, ink and watercolour
  • Collage, montage, three-dimensional work
  • An image produced by drawing over a digital reproduction
  • Only one work can be marked 'not for sale'; any second and subsequent submission marked 'not for sale' would be ineligible
  • The Society and the Stamford Art Centre may refuse to exhibit selected work presented for display if it is not up to the entry submission standard or pictures are not suitably framed.
  • The Society has the right to refuse to accept works not meeting all specifications and conditions set in this prospectus. It is the artist’s responsibility to provide evidence that the work is in compliance if there is a challenge.
  • The 2010 judges will include: Ann Swan (an RHS gold medal winning botanical artist), a representative of Caran d’Ache and a representative of Stamford Art Centre.
  • Judges review images which are anonymous. Only details of the title and size are provided.
  • Judges will be asked to select works to produce a varied exhibition showing the full range of capabilities of the coloured pencil medium.
  • Every effort will be made to maintain true quality to the submitted image, recognizing that the print or electronic medium may affect the viewed image.
  • Cash prizes include: The Caran D’Ache Award for Best in Show (£400), the UKCPS Award for Reserve Best in Show (£300), the President’s Award (£100), the Peter Weatherill Landscape Award (£75), the People’s Choice Award (£50).
  • In addition, each of the exhibition's commercial sponsors (various manufacturers and suppliers of coloured pencils - see side column of this blog) will provide awards involving art media and materials. There will also be other smaller prizes of art materials for highly commended works.
  • The judges present on 12 September will select the works for the Awards (except those specifically given). The decision of the judges is final.
Method of Submission
  • Fees are payable with each submission and vary depending on the status of the entrant. Members are able to submit the first work free. Payment should be by cheque or via online payment only (see form)
  • Initial submissions should comprise entry form, fee and image only by post. Good prints or photos (no larger than A4/8.25” x 11.7”) or high resolution scans on a CD. Both prints and file names need to indicate the name of the artist clearly.
  • Both sides of the entry form must be completed and submitted with the image. Framed & Unframed sizes need to be supplied in centimetre. All prices must include commission.
  • Include a short CV (resume) and for each entry, give brief details including type of pencils and support used and reasons for choosing the subject. The CV and descriptions will not be part of the judging process, only for the interest of the public during the exhibition.
  • All entries should be submitted to the Elizabeth Frearson, Chair of UKCPS (details on the Call for Entries form)
  • Artists whose work is selected will be notified of detailed arrangements for submission of the artwork proper. It's been possible to arrange regional collection points in the past and UKCPS will endeavour to make this service available to entrants again this year if possible.
Artists intending to submit entries should note that, with submission, they grant permission for the UKCPS use of the accepted images for publicity and promotion for purposes wholly related to UKCPS.

All queries should be directed to Pat Heffer (details on the Call for Entries form)

Important Dates

The Exhibition will run from Monday 13th September to Friday, 1st October 2010. Normal gallery opening hours are 10.30am - 5.30pm from Monday to Friday, 10.30am - 5.00pm on Saturdays and 1.00pm - 5.00pm on Sundays.

Key dates include the following

Key Date/DeadlineAction/Event
12th June 2010Deadline for receipt of all submissions
w/c 9th August 2010Notification of judges selection sent to artists
10th September 2010Last date for receiving works by post or courier
11-13th September 2010Handing in of artworks (Pat Heffer will advise re arrangements)
13th September 2010Judging, Opening and Private View 6pm to 9pm
13 September – 1 October 2010Exhibition open
1 October 20104:00 – 5:00 removal of works
5:00pm Annual Meeting (AGM)

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