Building on the successes of previous years, various progressive developments have been made this year. As a result, fees have been raised to assist in contributing to the benefits organised for the artists. The main updates are:
- PREMISES; A three-month High Street premises and exhibition centre in Bath has been secured for artists to visit, register, have a cup of tea, dry off when it’s raining, use some workspace and provided easels, relax, meet.
- REGISTRATION; following online entry and payment of fee(s), artists are invited to visit the Prize Centre at 34 Stall Street, (opposite the Roman Baths shop) when they come to Bath. Open Monday to Friday 11am to 4pm; Saturday 10am to 5pm; closed on Sundays.
- JUDGING; Judging will now be carried out from the actual picture created, not from online submissions. This seems fairer as the Judges can see the actual work rather than a digital preview.
- PRICE; Artists will suggest a price for their work which Bath Prize organisers can set (up or down accordingly) based on many years of running commercial galleries - the aim is to sell the paintings for the right prices. In previous years many artists have underpriced their works, or in some cases, asked far too much and not sold them.
Opens 20th May and continues until the closing date of 13th September. The exhibition centre is open from Monday 2nd July, until 29th September. All work is to be sent to or left at the exhibition centre by the deadline date of Sunday 16th September ready for hanging and judging. We aim to exhibit all works sent to us.
SUBMISSION OF PICTURES
The competition is open to any artist submitting a painting or drawing related to the City of Bath and produced in 2012 according to the rules of the Competition. All entries will be made online via the competition website www.thebathprize. co.uk. Entrants are invited to register in person at the Prize Centre, 34 Stall Street, Bath. All work should be delivered or sent to the Prize Centre at 34 Stall Street, Bath, BA1 1QG. Work should be submitted between 10am and 5pm any day during the week of 10th - 16th September.
ALLOCATION OF SITES
All artists entering the Competition will be required to visit Bath and prepare a painting inspired by a specified viewpoint. Viewpoints selected by the organisers will be allocated by ballot, and notification emailed at the time of online registration. Plein air painting is encouraged and a specific prize is awarded for this category.
Judging will be completed week commencing 17th September and winners will be announced and prizes presented on the evening of Thursday 20th September. Details of prizes can be found on the Bath Prize page.
RECEIPT OF PICTURES FOR JUDGING
All works delivered (deadline16th September) must be securely framed and be suitable for display without further alteration. Metal frames and clip frames will not be accepted and glazed works with unprotected glass edges will not be accepted. Size of entries, including the frame, must not be larger than 36 inches x 48 inches or smaller than 10 inches x 12 inches. All frames must be fitted with D-rings and string, for hanging. All wrapping will be removed and on collection of works artists must pack their own work, although we will save as much wrapping as possible to re-use for collection.
EXHIBITION & SALE OF WORKS
All works submitted will be displayed in the The Bath Prize Exhibition Centre during the month of September 2012. Proceeds from all sales of displayed works less commission of 50% will be paid to the artist not later than one month after the sale has been completed. Unsold works will be available for collection on September 29th, or will be transferred for further exhibition and sale opportunity at The Bath and County Club in Queen’s Square, Bath.
The prize fund currently standing at £12,000 will be awarded at the discretion of the judges. The judges’ decision on all aspects of the Competition will be final and there is no appeal or dispute procedure. The Bath Prize (£5,000) and the Plein Air Prize are purchase prizes and accepting either prize sells the prize winning work and the right to reproduce it to The Bath Prize organisation and buyer.
All entries will be made online via the competition website www.thebathprize.co.uk with an administration fee of £24 for the first picture and £12 for each subsequent picture.
RESPONSIBILITY & OBLIGATION
All work entered must be an original composition produced in 2012 during or following a visit to Bath and must be the sole work of the entrant who must own the copyright of the work. All works may be used for press and publicity purposes in connection with the competition and an image may be made available online for display and purchase. The artist agrees to waive all fees if the work is reproduced in the press and other media in connection with the competition The Competition organisers will endeavour to take good care of works entered in the Competition but artists must insure their own works and the Competition organisers will not be liable for any loss or damage to works submitted whether such damage is caused by the negligence of the Competition organisers or their staff or otherwise. Artists submitting works to the Competition shall indemnify and keep indemnified competition organizers against any actions, claims, proceedings, losses, liabilities, charges, costs and expenses which Competition organizers may incur arising out of or in connection with any actual or alleged financial or contractual arrangements between such artist and any agent (other than Competition organizers) or any other third party.
Prize winners and other selected entries may be offered a publishing contract for artist enhanced editions and signed limited editions of their work.