Monday, September 27, 2010

Birmingham launches its first Open Art Competition for children and young people

Monday, September 27, 2010
As part of the Creative Future Programme, Birmingham City Council has launched its first visual art open competition for children and young people aged 0-24 years.

Selected works will be shown in a variety of venues across the city centre and in the city’s suburbs drawing attention to the wealth of artistic and creative talent in Birmingham.

The competition is being held as part of Visualise, a ten-day festival that runs from 21-31 October, including workshops, exhibitions and talks, with the majority free of charge. Visualise provides a high profile platform for the incredible work created by Birmingham’s children and young people, and offers everyone a unique opportunity to experience it and get involved themselves.

Entries for the Visualise Open Art launch today. The theme is Birmingham, Our City of Culture, and works can take any form, for example, drawing, painting, textiles, sculpture, collage or mosaic. The only restriction is that work cannot be larger than A3 size.

Entries can be made through nurseries, schools, colleges and youth centres, and also independently, directly to Visualise at the Martineau Centre in Harborne. The deadline for submitting work is Monday 4 October. An expert panel including some of the city’s key visual art figures will select around 80 works of art to be shown in venues around the city centre and Birmingham’s wards. All of the selected works will be framed, hung and curated professionally. A wide range of prizes will also be awarded including art materials and Bullring shopping vouchers.

Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture said:

“This city has abundant creative talent among its young people and it is very exciting to be able to put it on show in this way. Visualise offers young people unique experiences, helps to raise aspirations and nurture talent. For the wider public it offers the chance to see some really innovative and imaginative work produced by the artists and makers of today and tomorrow, further reinforcement of the fact that Birmingham is already a great city of culture.”

Alongside the open art competition, a £600 bursary is being awarded for a young person aged between 18-24 years. The bursary offers the chance for a young person to create a collaborative artwork, allowing members of the public to contribute to it over the course of the festival, based on the theme of Birmingham, Our City of Culture. Applicants for the bursary are asked to send a brief CV, examples of their work and a letter (400 words max) explaining what they would like to do and why, to visualisebirmingham@gmail.com

More information about the Visualise Open Art and the wider Visualise Festival can be found at www.visualise-birmingham.org


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