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.”


The Aldridge Junior Signature Art Prize is running alongside the Signature Art Prize for it’s second year, 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:


How do I submit my application?

Students should complete the online application form and submit high quality photographs of their artwork via: 

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. 




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 closer to the submission deadline but will be made up of industry professionals and representatives from the Aldridge Foundation and Callsign.




If I am shortlisted and invited to attend the exhibition in February 2021, 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 2021, 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 your work is shortlisted and it is appropriate to do so i.e. if you are submitting a piece of artwork in the fine art, photography or graphics category. The Aldridge Foundation will advise your teacher on preferred style so that they will be able to help you with this.

If artwork is to be hung, what fixings are required on frames?

Frames will need to have D-rings attached. The Aldridge Foundation will provide your teacher with details of where these can be purchased if your frame does not come with them readily attached.


How will I get my artwork to the exhibition?

The Aldridge Foundation will cover the cost of transporting the artwork to the exhibition and will work with the schools to make arrangements. Artellite will arrange the return of any unsold pieces of artwork.

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 - in advance of the exhibition, the Aldridge Foundation will confirm the price at which your piece will be sold and ask you to reconfirm that you wish to go ahead - 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 week-long 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.

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