THE ALDRIDGE JUNIOR SIGNATURE ART PRIZE
SPONSORED BY CALLSIGN
1. APPLICATION PROCESS
What is the Junior Signature Art Prize?
The Signature Art Prize was established by gallery Directors Isobel Beauchamp and Elinor Olisa in 2007 to celebrate and identify emerging artists’ ‘Signature Style’. They define an artist’s ‘signature style’ as being “that which makes an artist unique; a combination of process and method, contributed to by the artist’s own personality which results in a piece that is unique and specific to them.”
This year, the Aldridge Junior Signature Art Prize will run alongside the Signature Art Prize 10th Edition, this is a new competition exclusively for KS4 and KS5 students from the family of Aldridge Schools.
Do I have to submit artwork in a particular format?
Students are invited to submit a piece of artwork that shows off their signature style and falls in to one of the following 5 categories:
FINE ART | GRAPHICS | TEXTILES | PHOTOGRAPHY | FILM
How do I submit my application?
Students should complete the online application form and submit high quality photographs of their artwork via: www.signatureartprize.com/the-aldridge-junior-art-prize
If creating a film, does it have to be sent in a certain format?
Students should upload files to a video hosting site, such as Vimeo, and provide a link to this where indicated in the application form.
Is there a maximum size limit (or film length) for entries?
Film submissions should be no longer than 30 minutes.
If I have any questions about the competition who should I talk to?
Students should speak to their art teacher who'll be able to provide, or find out the answers to any questions not included in this document.
2. JUDGING PROCESS
How will my artwork be judged (criteria)?
Each entrant will be scored from 1-5 (5 being the highest accolade and 1 the lowest) in the following categories:
Quality of artistic composition
Creativity and originality
Success of description and/or title
Overall impression of the artwork
Who is on the judging panel?
The panel is being finalised and will be announced shortly but will be made up of industry professionals and representatives from the Aldridge Foundation and Callsign, the company sponsoring the competition.
3. EXHIBITION AND PRESS
If I am shortlisted and invited to attend the exhibition in February 2020, who will pay for my travel?
The Aldridge Foundation will cover the cost of travel and work with the schools to make arrangements.
If I am shortlisted and invited to attend the exhibition in February 2020, will I attend on my own?
A member of staff from the school of the selected student, will also be invited to attend.
Do I have to frame my artwork?
Yes, if appropriate to do so i.e. if you are submitting a piece of artwork in the fine art, photography or graphics category. Your teacher will be able to guide you regarding this.
If artwork is to be hung, what fixings are required on frames?
All artwork must have 'D-Rings' affixed to the top two corners.
How will I get my artwork to the exhibition?
The Aldridge Foundation will cover the cost of transporting the artwork to and from the exhibition and will work with the schools to make arrangements.
If my artwork is exhibited will I get it back?
Yes, all artwork will be returned to students however if you would like to advertise your artwork for sale at the exhibition, please indicate this on the online application form – if sold, you will not get your artwork back.
Who will attend the exhibition?
A range of guests of Artellite, Callsign and the Aldridge Foundation – these could be potential art buyers, business partners, supporters, Trustees etc. This is a fantastic opportunity to promote your work!
If I am the overall winner and am offered an internship with DegreeArt, when will I do this?
The internship will be most beneficial to someone who is 18 years old or above. If the overall winner is not yet 18, the offer will remain open to them until they are. Therefore the dates and logistics are all to be confirmed between Artellite and the winner.