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Surface Gallery  Open Show

26 July – 26 August 2006  Surface Gallery is proud to present its Open Show for 2006. Previously the gallery hosted four opens during the year split into different disciplines. New for 2006 we will only have one show for work of all media, creating a bigger and better opportunity for a diverse and multi-disciplined exhibition.  Also new for 2006, we have invited artist curators Rachel Goodyear and Prevett & McArthur to be guest selectors for the show, in collaboration with Surface Gallery members.  Prizes
Two winners will be selected from the Open Show and commissioned to make new work for a two-person exhibition in February 2007. This offers a unique opportunity for the artists to develop their practice and exhibit a more substantial plus a budget for expenses and transportation of the work, if necessary.  Application Form How to apply:
Artists may submit a maximum of three works to be considered for selection, there is a £7.50 fee for each work submitted. The artist is responsible for delivery and collection of selected work. Any posted work must be accompanied by return postage. While the Surface Gallery endeavours to ensure safe handling of artwork, insurance of work against loss or damage is at the artist’s discretion and is the responsibility of the artist. The gallery takes a 20% commission on all work sold.  Email submissions are not accepted.  For selection please send:  A completed application form, images (photos, slides, jpegs) or moving images (VHS or DVD PAL), entry fee, current CV, and stamped addressed envelope for the return of images. To download an application form visit the website  Alternatively email, write or phone  Surface Gallery
7 Mansfield Road,
Nottingham NG1 3FB 0115 934 8435  

Deadline Friday 23 June at 5.00pm
Supported by the Arts Council England


Drench Art Award

The Drench Art Award is an art competition open to anyone in the UK aged between 16-30, with the winning finalist receiving professional representation by top London art agent PIMP for one year.

Drench is a new brand of bottled water. The people behind Drench water are keen to encourage artistic awareness in young people, and so they came up with the Drench Art Award.

The competition itself is all about living in urban spaces and your individual creativity. Entrants should remember some key points:

  • Express how you 'flow your own way' in an urban environment.
  • Include a line or representation of a flowing continuum: this must be part of the work. They have examples of what this means on the website.
  • The line should be coloured white, red, blue and black and/or mixes derived from these colours.
  • You can enter any art form, except animation.
  • Your entry should be no larger than 1m x 1m x 1m.
  • Any entries that are of a violent, sexual or offensive nature or contain expletives/inappropriate gestures will be disregarded.

The deadline for entries is 5pm on June 9th, and they can either be posted to Drench Art Prize, c/o Inferno Limited, Palladium House, 1-4 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TA, or submitted online where you can also view the online gallery.

Entries will be judged by a panel of five judges made up of artists, publicists and leading figures in the advertising industry. The panel will choose 24 finalists. There will also be an online poll taken and the entrant with the most votes will also be put through to the final. Out of this 25, one overall winner will be chosen by the judges.

So what can you win?
  • All 25 finalists will be invited to a private view event of their work in the Proud Gallery, Camden, London. Attendees at the event will include finalists, art and national press and key people from the artistic world.
  • Your work will then be showcased in the gallery for 3 days, from 21-23 July. The gallery and exhibition will be open to anyone.
  • The winner of the Drench Art Award will receive creative representation from PIMP (a leading art collective) for 1 year plus a signed creative advertising print.
  • The online winner with the most votes wins an automatic place in the final and a signed creative advertising print.

    More information is available on the website as well as full terms and conditions:

"With already a truckload of contributions from wayward writers, self-important artists, revered filmmakers, deluded designers, discerning celebrity types and many, many more, the JMH juggernaut is gathering immortal momentum and a devoted cult following to match. Whether you are a painter, author, filmmaker, illustrator, musician, designer, sculptor, photographer, journalist, scriptwriter, actor, critic, animator or any other creative or media persons than we are interested in hearing from you. We are always interested to hear from new people wishing to contribute their work for the launch. If chosen your work could be promoted by one of the following means;

Including;• A Quarterly hard copy magazine entitled “Holdsworths Bible of The Proverbial Cool”• An online gallery dedicated to original works of art from both new and established artists.• An online magazine updated weekly providing the latest news, views, and articles on all things creative and brilliant.We currently have over 14,000 people registered on our homepage, remeber to register to be kept up to date.In association with the International Selection of Creative Excellence [we have also just opened a myspace account for people to network with us another way] May
                    P.O Box 6502
                    BH24 9BR


In association with the International Selection of Creative Excellence;"


Nationwide Mercury Prize

2006 Art Competition Open for Entries

Following the huge success of the inaugural 2005 Nationwide Mercury Prize Art Competition, which received over 1000 entries from over 100 art colleges and universities, the 2006 competition is now open for entries.

The Nationwide Mercury Prize Art Competition is the UK’s premier student art competition and exhibition. It is open to entries from undergraduate and postgraduate students studying art and design all over the UK. Students need to create a work of art inspired by music.

Once again a stunning prize is on offer for the winner in 2006. They will receive £5000, see their artwork on the cover of 2006 Nationwide Mercury Prize compilation CD and exhibited alongside around 70 other shortlisted works at a high profile exhibition. This will take place at The Hospital Gallery in London’s Covent Garden in April 2006, when the overall winner and commended artists will also be announced.

Sir Peter Blake, one of the competition’s judges says: ‘The competition is a really great way for the Nationwide Mercury Prize to support and promote young artists in the UK. I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s entries.’

Dan Ford from the Nationwide Mercury Prize says: ‘After receiving so many excellent works in 2005, we're very excited about the competition going into its second year. It’s great that the Prize is able to champion and recognise the work of art students in this way.’

The overall winner of the 2005 competition was ‘The Shape of Music’ by Royal College of Art student, Rowan Mersh. Rowan’s work then went on to appear on the front of the 2005 compilation CD, which is available in music stores throughout the UK. There were also commended works from students at De Montfort University, Slade, Glasgow School of Art, Royal Academy Schools and Kingston University.

Rowan said: ‘Winning the Nationwide Mercury Prize Art C ompetition has been fantastic and has opened up lots of new opportunities for me.  It’s been great that my work has received all this attention and it was amazing seeing it on the cover of the CD!’


SSA - The Society for all artist

The SAA Artist of the year 2006

Open to all artists of all abilities from beginner to professional, child to OAP
The SAA Artist of the Year competition attracts entries from all over the world and has helped many artists with their careers. Enter to promote yourself or just for fun. Previous winners have included paintings from Malta, New Zealand, Oman, Brazil, Norway, USA and many other countries including of course the UK. 

Prizes & Awards for 2006

The Artist of the Year  will be chosen from the 5 category winners - £1000 cash and £1000 art materials & engraved goblet. Plus £500 of art materials  to art club, school or other of their choice.
Professional Artist of the Year - £100 art materials and engraved goblet.
Amateur Artist of the Year  - £100 art materials and engraved goblet.
Beginner Artist of the Year  - (June Atherton Award for artist who has been painting for less than two years) £100 art materials and engraved goblet.
Young Artist of the Year  - (16 to 25) £100 art materials and engraved goblet.
Junior Artist of the Year  (up to 16 ) £100 art materials and engraved goblet.

1. Best Portrait or Figure -
£100 art materials.
2. Best Abstract or Experimental Art - £100 art materials. 
3. Best Still Life, Flowers or Gardens - £100 art materials.
4. Best Landscape, Townscape or Woodland Scene - £100 art materials.
5. Best Waterscape, Boats or Seascape - £100 art materials.
6. Best Animal or Wildlife - £100 art materials
Certificates for all the above plus 30 runners up.

Selected artists will have the rare opportunity to see their work at a major exhibition in the UK.




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