JOAP 16 FAQs
Jackson’s Open Art Prize 2016
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to frequently asked questions can be found here.
Can we have a category for new/learning artists?
- There is a category for amateur artist.
Can we submit more than one artwork?
- One artwork per person.
When is the last day for submission?
- 3 April 2016
Can we submit a piece of work that has already sold?
- No, as the work needs to be available to be seen if needed. Also, we will require a photo of the winner standing in front of their painting for publicity purposes. Please do not submit an image if you do not have access to the original. We will let you know the pose needed for the photo if you are selected as a winner.
Can I submit a giclee print of my work? I.e. The original has sold but I still have reproduction prints of the piece that can be submitted if needed.
- The work needs to be the original painting.
I consider myself a professional artist, but I am honestly not making any money from my art at all. Does that make me an amateur? Do you have to earn your living from your art to be a professional?
- It is what you consider yourself. There is no right definition. (Most professional artists I know have a job doing something other than making art.)
I’ve tried to enter but it keeps closing down on me when I try uploading my photo. I managed to do it via my laptop instead of my phone. If the other submissions did go through then please only take my most current one into consideration.
- It will only let one submission go through, so you are ok.
I tried many times to upload my image to your 2016 competition entry form without success. Please check your end as I know my picture was the correct size and type.
- Please try refreshing your browser and submitting again.
I work in a bit of mixed media with my dry point prints often including cyanotype using parts of nature to print from or creating a digital or hand drawn negative I expose to the cyanotype. My question is, would the cyanotype process be considered photography and therefore not allowed in your art competition?
- Photography incorporated as part of a painting or original print is acceptable. Using the exposure process as part of your drawing procedure would be fine. Plain cyanotype would not be acceptable.
In the jpeg size you ask that the width be 1000 pixels & not over 3MB. For works that are vertical (taller than wider) this won’t work. Can the 1000 pixels apply to the longest side?
- You can reduce the file size and maintain the dimensions. In many photo editing programmes there is an option to ‘save for web’ where you can choose how much to compress it to reduce file size. We would like the width to be 1000 pixels wide.
I can’t locate the entry form. Where is it please?
- If your page doesn’t load completely you might not see the form because it is at the bottom of the page. Please refresh your screen and it should load the form.
I was just wondering whether there’s a limit to the size of the original artwork i can submit?
- Because we will not be having a gallery exhibition this time round there is no limit to size.
I’m currently living and working in New York and was just wondering if this is open worldwide?
- It is indeed an international exhibition.
This year we decided to spend our budget on great prizes (£5,000 in cash and vouchers) and we aren’t having a gallery exhibition, it will be an on-line only exhibition. If it all goes well we may grow it and do a London exhibition as well next year. Because we will not be having a gallery exhibition, the whole process is only online this year, it is a particularly good choice for international submissions as there will be no cost involved with shipping.
Can I ask how old the piece we enter has to be… I have some pieces three years old that have never been entered for competition?
- We haven’t put a date limit on the artworks. So long as you still have the artwork in your possession so that we can get a photo of you with the work if you are a winner, that should be fine.
How closely are you defining ‘painting’? Do mixed media (charcoal, ink) drawings qualify or only traditional wet media?
Also must the work be framed or ok to pin to a wall unframed in the event of being selected?
- The page reads:
“The first annual competition offers an on-line showcase and impressive prizes for contemporary and traditional visual artists, both emerging and established, working in any 2D media (except photography, unless used as a component of a painting or original print).”
It is not a painting competition, it is for all 2D media except photography. So a mixed-media artwork will be fine.
It is only an on-line exhibition this year, so the display method will not matter. This year we decided to spend our budget on great prizes (£5,000 in cash and vouchers) and we aren’t having a gallery exhibition, it will be an on-line only exhibition. If it all goes well we may grow it and do a London exhibition as well next year.