At last we can bring you news of this year’s Art Awards.
Over the last week, the following letter has gone out to previous years’ entrants:
Dear Entrants and Friends
I am delighted to report that we have secured funding for the 2012 and 2013 Art Awards from the John Ellerman Foundation. This enables us to sustain what will be our 19th and 20th years organising this very popular event. We very much hope that you will continue to enter and support Art Awards and that you will encourage your friends to get involved. Art Awards is an integral part of our work as a housing information and advice charity enabling EAC to promote the importance of well informed housing and care options in later life. It is very important that we increase entries this year.
Art Awards On Line
Art Awards is moving towards a new format and it is one which is increasingly important to all of us. 2012 will see the Awards start to develop as a fully ‘online event’. This will take a couple of years to achieve and builds on the online option, which many of you already use, first developed in 2009. This means that we want as many of you as possible to submit your entries to the Art Awards website (www.eacartawards.org.uk )on the internet. In developing the Awards this way we hope that you will become even more adept in using the internet or if you are not familiar with computers that you will enlist the support of family and friends to help upload photographs of your work. This will help to develop the skills and familiarity with the internet that so many of the services and shops we use today seem to take for granted. Hopefully Art Awards will prove an enjoyable – and not too frustrating! – route to using a computer.
A New Prize Giving Format
The theme of the 2012 & 2013 Awards is ‘Getting Connected’. Last year nearly a third of you entered in this way, that is, online, using a computer. This year we hope you will respond even more enthusiastically
and enable us to reach 50% and in 2013 rise to 75%. Don’t worry if you do not have access to a computer you will still be able to submit your photographs to the judges in the usual way by post. But if you can
find someone to help please do enter into the spirit of this new approach.
What this also means is that for the first time we will not be showing the entries or holding the Awards at a gallery. The costs and organisation associated with a gallery event, including receiving and returning entries, are really too onerous for a small charity.
So we have a new idea. We are exploring having a prize giving at an iconic venue such as the House of Lords, probably early December. So plan your Christmas shopping visit to London now! The idea is that winners would be invited to attend as usual but your entries will be shown on a screen rather than hanging on a wall or sitting on a plinth. We hope to add to the sense of occasion and celebration of being a finalist.
Your Art Awards Team
We are so fortunate in the team we have so I know you will be delighted to learn that our two Art Awards volunteers Marg Millington and Rosalind Barnes, who do so much to make the whole project come to life,
will again be in close cooperation with you. A key aim this year is grow the EAC ‘artist’s community’ and we hope to be invited and to make visits to see some artists progressing their work. Over the next 2 years
we shall also explore ways to develop wider engagement in Art Awards including classes and events. We also have some ideas for Art Awards becoming a more ‘rolling’ initiative. More of that in due course .And
of course we shall continue to send you newsletters. Let us have the names and addresses of friends who might also wish to hear from us.
Marg and Rosalind will again be joined by Siobhan Kneale who has been closely involved with Art Awards in recent years. We will be integrating Art Awards more closely with other things we do at EAC and also keeping you in touch about these. Blanche Beavan (Blanche.email@example.com 020 7820 3755) will now be the EAC manager with day to day responsibility for the Awards. The rest of the EAC team will also play their part. We very much hope you will do your bit by getting your entries in and by enthusing others to do so.
Finally, you may also wish to know that we are exploring new ways to encourage multiple entries this year and to increase the number of prizes. There will be some new categories to attract interest. More of that in a May newsletter and in forthcoming ‘blogs’ and on Facebook. So if you were waiting to hear what was happening with Art Awards…. let me confirm that a starting date for Art Awards will be announced once we have made a number of changes to the Art Awards website and have new systems and guidance for you in place. This is likely to be in June and you will be able to submit your entries from July onwards. We are likely to be judging late Autumn and holding the prize giving event early December (exact dates to follow)…all that remains is for you to get your work under way. When systems are in place we will give the go ahead for entries.
Chief Executive EAC
We have a lot of work to do now, to make AA 2012 a reality….. starting with this website. Keep your eyes open…and please get to work!