Students, schools, adults and community groups all invited to take part in the 2019 Dorset Art Prize

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The sixth Dorset Art Prize is now open for entries! Set up by the College and supported by the Dorset Community Foundation Trust, the Art Prize was established in 2014 to reward and celebrate excellence in art from across the county of Dorset.

The Prize, which is free to enter, encourages collaboration in the community. It is an excellent opportunity for students from year 10 upwards, adults and community groups to showcase their creativity and talent. As in 2018, shortlisted artwork will be showcased in Poole Museum and will be on display for the public to see.

The awards on offer total more than £11,000 and include:

  • Years 10 and 11 Dorset school students - Open to any student in year 10 or 11, students can win up to £1,000
  • Years 12 and 13 Dorset school students – Open to any student in year 12 or 13, students can win up to £1,000
  • 19+ Art Prize - Open to all Dorset based adults. The winner will receive £1,000
  • Community Art Prize - £500 will be awarded to a community art group who demonstrate outstanding art as part of a group project
  • School Prize - £500 will be awarded to the school who the judges think have shown outstanding participation and who have demonstrated a wide range of talent
  • Student Achievement Award – Open to Bournemouth & Poole College Art and Design students, the winner receives a £2,500 bursary to put towards higher education progression or a business start-up

The Art Prize has received hundreds of entries to the previous five competitions and awarded over £33,000 in prize money since its launch. Every year an esteemed panel of judges review the huge variety of work to decide the finalists. This year the judges include Michael Spender, Museum and Arts Manager for the Borough of Poole, Sibyl Fine King, Director of the Fine Family Foundation, Stuart Semple an international artist, and Tony Worobiec an international photographer. Previous winning submissions have ranged from photographic portraits to sketches and even 3D work.

Diane Grannell, Principal at Bournemouth & Poole College is looking forward to another Art Prize. She commented: “I was so impressed with the quality and variety of work that was on show last year. It was fantastic to be able to present that work to the public in Poole Museum. It really emphasises just how much talent there is in Dorset, and I hope even more artists from across the county get involved this year.”

Don’t miss your chance to get involved! Candidates from across Dorset can visit our 2019 Dorset Art Prize page to make submissions before the 15th July.