Countdown to 2018 Melbourne Festival Emerging Talent Award – Details will be posted on this page mid-February!
Melbourne Festival made the first Emerging Talent award in September 2014 to coincide with the TENTH Melbourne Festival and it has now become an annual prestigious competition.
The Melbourne Festival Emerging Talent Award was launched in 2014 to celebrate the tenth Melbourne Festival thanks to an Arts Council Grant for the Arts and a local benefactor. It aims to encourage young artists (aged 18 to 25) to become engaged with the Festival so that we can promote their work.
Prizes – This years Winner will receive £500. There will also be a Runner Up Award of £250. The Winner will also have a place on the 2019 Melbourne Festival Art & Architecture Trail and mentoring from Luke Tarpey at The Tarpey Gallery in Castle Donington. All shortlisted work will be exhibited at Melbourne Festival this year. This years’ exhibition attracted over 1000 visitors and is an opportunity to sell the work if the Artist wants to.
Who can enter?
Artists who live, work or study in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Staffordshire and meet the age criteria of being over 18 and 25 or under on 31 August 2018.
DETAILS OF HOW TO APPLY ARE POSTED BELOW –
The theme “ELEMENTS” is only intended as a starting point and applicants are encouraged to interpret the brief as they wish. We are looking for personal and creative outcomes.
The art will be judged on originality, and imaginative interpretation of the brief. It should be innovative and engaging. Technical ability and the quality of the work is equally important.
The work must be created for this competition and must not have been entered previously in any other competitions or public exhibitions.
Students can use the piece for their current art practice – eg Degree Show, provided they can show the work is original for this competition.
THE MEDIUM – This has been governed primarily by the potential exhibition space which has determined the need to have artwork which can be hung on a wall. This excludes free standing sculpture, installations or purely digital media. The original focus was fine art work, it has been opened to give artists working in other media the opportunity to show their work and we welcome submissions in textiles, printmaking, photography and mixed media. Any questions should be directed to the organiser.
How to Apply – The selection process
STAGE ONE: Please email 3-4 images of current work (jpeg’s max 1mb each) with your ideas for the competition (max 100 words + sketches) and a CV with FULL contact details by 30th April 2018.
STAGE TWO: The Judges will shortlist up to 20 proposals and email Artists by 14th May 2018.
STAGE THREE: Shortlisted artists must complete work by 31st August 2018.
STAGE FOUR All work will be exhibited at Melbourne Festival on 15th & 16th September and The Judges will review the finished pieces by Friday 14th September and the Prize will be presented on Saturday 15th September 2018, entrants are expected to attend.
CONDITIONS i.e. what we are looking for –
All work must meet the following conditions to be accepted.
2 dimensional and made ready for hanging, framed if required, and a maximum of 2 metres in any dimension.
Medium – paint, pastel, pencil, textile, printmaking, photography or mixed media.
Your work must be original, safe for hanging, meet health and safety requirements and not be offensive.
In 2014 we had over 50 entries which were short-listed to 12 entrants who exhibited at Melbourne Festival. The unnamed pieces were judged independently by a panel of three experts in contemporary art and after much deliberation the overall winner of the 2014 Emerging Talent Award was William Hughes, the Runner-Up was Emily Smalley and Sidra Fatima’s piece was commended by the judges. In 2015 we had a similar number of entries, the 2015 Emerging Talent Award was presented to photographer Bethany Upton, Runner Up was Heather Bolton and Bethany Freer was commended.
The Artists shortlisted for the 2016 Emerging Talent Award exhibited at The Wesley Hall during the 2016 Art Trail. After much deliberation the judges selected photographer Robbie Short as the Winner of the 2016 Award, the Runner Up was Matthew Archer and Ashleigh Kent received a Commendation.
The focus of the competition is fine art work, but has been opened to give artists from other media the opportunity to show creativity in media such as textiles and photography. Work must be 2-dimensional, this has been governed primarily by the potential exhibition space which has determined the need to have artwork which is capable of being hung on a wall. This has excluded sculpture, installation or purely digital media. Over the past two years our shortlist has included graphite drawings, paintings, embroidery, photography and mixed media. Any questions from applicants about appropriate mediums should be directed to the organiser via contact form on this site.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS
MELBOURNE FESTIVAL EMERGING TALENT AWARD – The Award was launched in 2014 to celebrate the tenth Melbourne Festival thanks to an Arts Council Grant for the Arts and a local benefactor. In 2014 we had over 50 entries which were shortlisted to 12 entrants who exhibited at Melbourne Festival. The overall winner of the 2014 Emerging Talent Award was William Hughes, the Runner-Up was Emily Smalley and Sidra Fatima’s piece was commended by the judges. In 2015 we had a similar number of entries, the 2015 Emerging Talent Award was presented to photographer Bethany Upton, the Runner Up was Heather Bolton and Bethany Freer was commended. The Artists shortlisted for the 2016 Emerging Talent Award exhibited at The Wesley Hall during the 2016 Art Trail. After much deliberation the judges selected photographer Robbie Short as the Winner of the 2016 Award, the Runner Up was Matthew Archer and Ashleigh Kent received a Commendation.
MELBOURNE FESTIVAL – The Melbourne Festival is a creative and visual arts festival. The Festival was launched in 2005 and has been extremely successful. The festival has approximately 5000 visitors and feedback from both artists and visitors is overwhelmingly positive. Approximately 120 artists are selected to exhibit in over 70 venues each year work includes a broad spectrum of mediums and includes both 2d & 3d work. The Festival is one of the biggest Arts events in the East Midlands and is eagerly awaited by local people and visitors from far afield. The Festival is still run by a group of like-minded volunteers committed to encouraging creativity in all its forms in Melbourne and South Derbyshire.
WHERE IS MELBOURNE? Melbourne is a picturesque, old market town set in the rural landscape of South Derbyshire on the edge of the National Forest. It is a creative, vibrant community. (Type DE73 8EJ into Google Map).
The theme for 2015 was “Our Identity”. Our 2015 Winning Entry was by Photographer Bethany Upton with her piece “Mask”.
In 2014 our winner was William Hughes with his trytych in graphite of Melbourne.
Runner Up Emily Smalley created this beautiful machine embroidered image of the peregrine falcons nesting on Derby Cathedral. The picture is still for sale, please contact Melbourne Festival and we will give you Emily’s contact details.
Festival Director Sharon Brown said “I was delighted to have been able to make this award which will encourage younger artists to develop their talents and to get involved with the festival, as a result of the competition two of the young artists have exhibited work on the trail this year”. Griselda Kerr, chair of the award panel, said that “there has been a very high standard of entry with a lot of local talent evidenced and judging the competition was far from easy”.