ART SCHOOL AWARDS
Debut Contemporary is calling Art School Students!
The inaugural Debut Contemporary Art School Awards have launched, offering the chance to receive a cash prize of £1,000 to create a commission piece for the Debut Contemporary collection coupled with a prize fund valued in-kind at £10,000 entailing a 12 month programme as a Debut Artist to showcase and sell your artworks at the Debut Contemporary gallery space in London’s trendy Notting Hill, alongside receiving 1-2-1 mentoring and professional development led by their team of industry experts.
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR WORK – Please note submissions for 2012 are NOW CLOSED.
Submissions are FREE
Application Deadline: 14th May 2012
Submit your application to firstname.lastname@example.org with your Degree Year as the Subject of the email.
You must include 3 digital jpeg images that you feel best represent your art practice (photos should be 300dpi and print quality, and no more than 500kb), and an artist statement of no more than 100 words.
Contact details must be included within the application. (Links to web pages or attachments will not be considered).
Applicants may only apply to a single discipline.
OPEN TO ALL ART SCHOOL STUDENTS!
7 Awards will be presented, one for each of the following years: Foundation Year, First Year BA, Second Year BA, Third/Final Year BA, First Year MA, Second / Final Year MA, PhD all years.
The Awards are open to the following disciplines: painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, performance, film and new media, fashion and textile design, graphic design, illustration.
THE JUDGING PROCESS
The panel will personally review all submissions and shortlist 4 artists from each category. Finalists will then have the opportunity to profile their art practice on the Debut Contemporary website and blog alongside a short interview allowing the public to vote for their favourite artists in each category. The public vote will count towards selecting an overall finalist from each category and may be the decisive vote determining both the category as well as an overall winner.
The 7 Award Winners will display their work in the Debut Contemporary gallery for a prestigious awards evening on the 4th July 2012 Private View Party with industry experts, industry heavyweights and press.
The overall Debut Contemporary Art School Award Winner will receive £1,000 to create a commission piece for the Debut Contemporary Collection.
Alongside this they win a prize fund valued at £10,000 as a Debut Artist, and take part in a 12 month programme,including:
1-2-1 Mentoring and professional guidance by the industry experts
1-2-1 mentoring and practical guidance by one of successful Debut artists
Marketing, PR and business advice.
Brand and Marketing consultancy with Shape Strategic Marketing & Branding, including creating a brand identity, covering business cards, letterheads and the artist’s online presence.
Social Media strategy provided by the Digitalbinx experts
Opportunity to showcase and sell their work in the Notting Hill gallery space.
Free exposure and visibility on our e-commerce site, blog and other social media channels.
Opportunity to showcase work at prestigious London art fairs in 2013 alongside other Debut Artists.
Complimentary advisory session with Artists’ Collecting Society and free sign up to it’s agency providing future royalties for the artist.
- Customise a pair of TOMS shoes which will be auctioned
DARREN MACPHERSON, ARTIST
Darren MacPherson is a contemporary figurative artist who produces compelling artworks in acrylics and spray paint. He paints with a confident and defined stroke, his works being bold, vibrant and full of colour. Inclusion in prestigious events such as FLAGSTOP in LA, The Other Art Fair in London and the 2011 ‘National Open Art Exhibition’, judged by Gavin Turk, are cementing MacPherson’s name as an artist with a growing reputation. “MacPherson’s vibrant work is instantly recognisable and highly collectible, across his range of objects, designs and paintings.”
CHARLIE FELLOWES, GALLERY DIRECTOR
Charlie Fellowes is the Director behind Edel Assanti projects alongside Jeremy Epstein. It’s their objective to bring together different artists and audiences from east and west London for their energetic exhibition programme in a central location at the end of Vauxhaull Bridge Road. Edel Assanti aims to establish a dynamic cultural hub for a new generation of arts practitioners. With three floors of exhibition space and a separate artist’s studio floor, this multi-purpose contemporary art space presents an unprecedented collaborative ethos and approach to exhibition making.
BEN JAMES & MILLIE ROSS, JOTTA
Jotta was originally developed at Central Saint Martins and now partners the whole University of the Arts London. The website hosts portfolios of work by illustrators, animators, directors, graphic artists, fashion designers, authors copywriters – creators from any discipline, in an online space built specifically to facilitate collaboration in art and design including networking tools, critical dialogue, access to opportunities and features to enable online-based project work. jotta collaborates with artists and designers across the jotta community on self-funded and commissioned events, exhibitions and projects.
PRYLE BEHRMAN, ART JOURNALIST & CURATOR
Pryle Behrman has written for several major art magazines, in particular Art Monthly, and is Reviews Editor of Moving Image Review & Art Journal, a new international journal of artists’ moving image work published by University of the Arts London that was launched in January 2012. He is also a lecturer in art at Writtle School of Design, University of Essex and has curated the Art Projects section of London Art Fair every year since 2005.
CATHERINE LOEWE, ART CURATOR & CONSULTANT
Catherine Loewe has worked for leading contemporary art galleries, at Christie’s and Flash Art Magazine. She established an arts company in 2008 to produce innovative exhibitions in unique locations. She has a track record for spotting early talent and has introduced artists to collectors, galleries, curators and critics. Catherine has served on the Acquisition Committee Patrons of New Art, Tate Gallery and contributed to Art World Magazine.
Ben is presently the owner and Director of Fluff PR – A small creative agency, promoting galleries/dealers, independent artists and fashion designers. Fluff also stages events and shows. Ben has worked for Art Review and is editor at large for FAD website. Ben is also a curator, having staged ‘Light Divided’ at the Blouin Institute as part of the ‘Art after Dark’ series in 2008, ‘Unnatural Selection’ at Londonewcastle Project Space in June 2010 and in 2007 for the preview evening of the Frieze Art Fair, Ben staged the highly acclaimed exhibition and art party - ‘Decadence, Decay and the Demimonde’ at Home House, 20 Portman Square.
SAMIR CERIC & ZOE KNIGHT: DEBUT CONTEMPORARY FOUNDING DIRECTORS
Ceric and Knight, have been dubbed as ‘One of the UK’s Most Powerful Couples in Art & Fashion’ by the Times Magazine; ‘London’s Top Tastemakers’ by Time Out London and ‘Kingmakers of Creative Talent’ by International Life Magazine. Successfully realised in 2006 with the opening of Salon Contemporary art gallery, their mission has always been to champion emerging artists. Credited with discovering some of the big names in the new Young British Art movement, after co-founding Wolf & Badger in August 2009, an award winning business in the fashion world they have now launched Debut Contemporary dubbed as a ‘business academy for the art world’, to develop the careers of up-and-coming artists through a unique and highly sophisticated approach.