These are often competing and can be mutually exclusive, so inevitably some challenging compromises will result.
All submissions for acceptance are considered by a selection panel of three to five people. Our policy is:
Each panel member votes independently for acceptance. All for and against votes are aggregated, and each entry is provisionally accepted / rejected based on a clear majority of votes.
The selection panel are expected to follow take into account:
Some artists might not have completed their painting prior to the closing date for entry. It is important to note that lack of a photograph does not in and of itself preclude acceptance. Members of the selection panel have the ability to look at all other works of the entrant in their portfolio, and can therefore make a value judgement based on previous work, even where the artist is otherwise unknown.
On the other hand, entries that have no photographs and have no evidence of previous work in the artist’s portfolio will not be considered.
There is a joint review sitting during which all provisionally accepted works are reviewed at a meeting of all panel members. Factors that are taken into account at that time include:
Given that we guarantee to display all accepted works, it is important that the final acceptances do not exceed the capacity of the venue or compromise the overall presentation of the show. Accordingly some works might be rejected simply because there’s not enough room.
There will be a lot of competition and the number of entries invariably exceeds the venue’s capacity.
In a perfect world we’d be able to please everybody but realistically that’s not the case. It is important that artists do not take rejection personally or see it as detracting from their work.
For those artists who are accepted, congratulations – we wish you every success in the show.