Art Club Of The Year Competition seeks to find the UK’s best art club. Awards include an exhibition and great prizes for the winners.
The Art Club Of The Year Competition is being run by Leisure Painter and The Artist Magazine in association with Patchings Art Centre and Jackson’s are providing the great prizes.
All UK art clubs are invited to submit a total of five two-dimensional works that you feel represent your club along with a written profile, including details about your club’s history, members and activities. The top ten clubs will be selected to exhibit their five entries at the Patchings Art, Craft & Photography Festival (June 9th-12th 2016) An overall club winner and two runners up will be selected by well-known artist and tutor, Hazel Soan, over the weekend of the festival, and visitors will be asked to vote for their favourite club for the People’s Choice Award. All work entered will be featured on Painters Online.
First Prize: £500 worth of Jackson’s art materials vouchers, a sponsored demonstration at the selected club venue by a professional art tutor and a profile about the club published in Leisure Painter/The Artist magazine, online at PaintersOnline and through social media channels.
Two Runners Up: £250 worth of Jackson’s art materials vouchers for each club
People’s Choice Award: £100 worth of Jackson’s art materials vouchers for the club with the most public votes.
Hazel Soan, artist and tutor Liz Wood, artist, tutor and co-owner of Patchings Art Centre Sally Bulgin, editor The Artist Ingrid Lyon, editor Leisure Painter
Closing date is March 24, 2016.
To enter & find out full conditions of entry please click here
Why Join an Art Club?
With the closing date of the competition rapidly approaching (March 24, 2016) we thought it would be an opportunity to discuss the advantages of joining an art club. There are a range of different reasons as to why joining an art club can be useful if you are a practising professional artist, amateur or a hobbyist.
- Sometimes getting your head down in your studio means you can get work produced, but if you aren’t talking to anyone about it then how can you create new ideas/building on existing ones? Art clubs can serve as a way of interacting with other artists and breaking that lonely cycle. Socialising can also be a great way of getting feedback on your creative practice.
- I am always excited to learn and participate in new methods or ways of working – art clubs can provide its members with invaluable demonstrations where you can not only pick up techniques from the tutor but also those that are learning around you. It can also be a way of volunteering and gaining confidence in your own practice.
- Exhibitions and competitions can also be a reason for joining an art club. If perhaps as a stand-alone artist you are having trouble getting the level of exposure and recognition of your work that you had hoped, being in a group show can mean your work is seen without the costly exhibition fees of having a solo show.
- For your own development as an artist it is worthwhile joining an art club for business and networking opportunities in terms of receiving guidance on marketing yourself as a creative entrepreneur.
- Another aspect that has to be taken into consideration when joining an art club is the application process itself. The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours elects its members through a democratic vote by the Royal Institute Council, whereas Richmond Art Society allows anyone to join but for members wishing to exhibit they must go through a selection process. There are varying selection criteria and application processes which is important to remember when deciding which art club is right for you.
We asked some of the artists who participate in our Facebook page discussions why they joined an art society.
Anthony Jones: “Our group is called The Paint Collective, a small off-shoot of Paint Club East. There are 13 painters who are all committed painters and arts professionals, including Ruth Philo, Debbie Ayles, Mike Middleton, to name just a few.”
Helen Rubinstein: “I’m a very new member of The Chelmsford Art Society. I joined to meet like minded people and watch some excellent demonstrations by a wide range of skilled artists. Everyone is very welcoming and I’ve already taken part in one of their exhibitions. I look forward to joining in the various activities and making new friends.”
Faraz Sayed: I enjoy working at Create Space London. There’s so many talented people around to inspire you. Anyone living in reach of North West London should check it out. I’m looking forward to attending the courses they have lined up this year, ceramics, screen printing, 3d printing, robotics and more!
Judith Crown: The UKCPS – the UK Coloured Pencil Society. A lovely friendly International group. People meet up at the exhibitions in the UK, and keep in touch via the Forum and Facebook, and up-to-date with the Blog and magazine.
The painting at the top is:
The Art Demo by Charmian Hayes, oil, 20x30in (51x76cm)