NEWCASTLE EMERGING ARTIST PRIZE 2016 (NEAP)

The Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize (NEAP) was established by the foundation committee members of Newcastle Art Space in 2001.  Kerrie Coles was the Director at the time and the committee members were Braddon and Shellie Snape, Lilli-Ann Berg, Trish King, Helen and Steven Thomas, Fiona Dewis, Danielle Palmer, and Judith Butler.

The Annual prize was established to encourage and support emerging artists in the region. Newcastle City Council supported this prize with their contribution of the major cash prize until 2012. It was due to the Director, Ann Sutherland, the NAS committee and Newcastle Community Arts Centre Board at the time that NEAP continued. NEAP is now fully funded by fundraising and private sponsors. Newcastle Art Space is very grateful for continued support from local businesses who sponsor this important emerging artist prize for the local artist community and we welcome any new sponsors for this event.
This year, 2016, we are celebrating 16 years of the Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize.

Congratulations to our 2016 finalists:






Thank-you to our sponsors: 





The 16th Annual NAS Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize.
2016 Conditions of Entry.

The term “emerging artist” is often used for young and recently graduated from a tertiary institution/art school, but it can also apply to someone who has made a career change or recently decided to prioritize their art above everything else.
 
IS THIS YOU? IF SO – READ ON.

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WHAT IS AN EMERGING ARTIST?

The NAS Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize committee regards artists who meet the following criteria to be ‘emerging artists’:
  •           Entrants must not have had a solo exhibition in a commercial or major public gallery
  •          Must have completed a minimum of 3 years of art practice at the closing date of NEAP application period.
  •       Art Practice is deemed to be any combination of tertiary level study, exhibition history, research, writing and general art production.
  •           Secondary school studies are not counted towards art practice.
  •         Must not hold or have held a formal contract with any commercial gallery that offered professional representation.

WHO CAN ENTER?
  • Artists who meet the NEAP committee criteria for ‘emerging artist
  • There is no age limit. Age is not a factor in determining an emerging artist
  • Must live in Newcastle, Maitland, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Central Coast or Cessnock
  • Overall Prize winners from previous NEAP’s are deemed ineligible
  • Previous Section winners and highly commended/commended winners may re-enter.

SECTIONS
  •          Painting
  •          Works on paper
  •          Sculpture (3D)
  •          Photo-media
  •          4D Media

There will also be an OVERALL winner, a PEOPLE’s CHOICE and a PACKER’S Prize awarded.

ARTWORK SUBMISSIONS
  •          An artist may submit a maximum of 2 entries.
  •          Entry is $35 per entry.
  •     Artworks to be delivered to Newcastle Art Space on Monday 15th August between 10am and 6pm only. No late works will be accepted.


RESTRICTIONS ON, AND CRITERIA FOR WORKS BEING ENTERED – (ALL SECTIONS.)
See below for Section Specific criteria.
  • There are some restrictions governing the works that can be submitted.
  • Works must have been completed within twelve months of the submission date of NEAP 2016.
  • The maximum size of all artworks is 120cm x 120cm x120cm.
  • All works must be for sale.

SECTION SPECIFIC CRITERIA

Painting
  •  May be painted in any medium (including oil, acrylic, watercolour, gouache, and mixed media).
  •  Artworks need to be presented in a professional manner and be ready for hanging.
  • D-hooks are required on the back of framed and works on canvas 5cm from top of frame to comply with hanging system.
  • Unframed work will be pinned to the wall (unframed work needs to be delivered to the gallery between board to protect the work – rolled artworks will not be accepted).
  •  No wet works will be accepted.
  •  May be a multi-panel work as long as the overall dimensions do not exceed the maximum size limit of 120cm x 120cm including frame.

Works on Paper:
  • May be created in any medium (including drawing, printmaking, painting, stenciling).
  •  Artworks need to be presented in a professional manner and be ready for hanging.
  • D-hooks are required on the back of framed work 5cm from top of frame to comply with hanging system.
  •  Unframed work will be pinned to the wall (unframed work needs to be delivered to the gallery between board to protect the work – rolled artworks will not be accepted).
  •  No wet works will be accepted
  •  May be a multi-panel work as long as the overall dimensions do not exceed the maximum size limit of 120cm x 120cm including frame.

Sculpture/3D
  • May be created in any sculptural medium (including textiles, ceramics, bronze, plaster, stone, wax, wood, marble, granite).
  •  Artworks need to be presented in a professional manner and be ready for presentation.
  • No wet works will be accepted
  • May be a multi-sculptural work as long as the overall dimensions do not exceed the size limit of 120cm x 120cm x 120cm.

Photo-media:
  • Artworks need to be presented in a professional manner and be ready for hanging.
  • D-hooks are required on the back of framed work 5cm from top of frame to comply with hanging system.
  • Unframed work will be pinned to the wall (unframed work needs to be delivered to the gallery between board to protect the work – rolled artworks will not be accepted).
  •  May be a multi-panel work as long as the overall dimensions do not exceed the size limit of 120cm in any direction including frame.

4D Media/time-based media: new section
  • This section includes sound, electronic, video, animation, stop motion, performance and interactive art.
  • Performance and interactive art must be presented as a video recording of the work. The work itself will not be able to be ‘performed’ live for judging.
  • All entries submitted into the new 4D Media Section, must be given on a labeled USB/Flash drive and will need to be formatted for the 120cm size limit.
  • The selection committee and judges may only view the first 2 minutes of your entry.
  • There will be one display screen/area and therefore only entries up to 5 minutes duration will be exhibited. However consideration may be given to other methods of exhibiting longer works.

ENTRY PROCESS
  • Artworks to be delivered to Newcastle Art Space on Monday 15th August between 10am and 6pm only. No late works will be accepted.
  • Each entry needs to be accompanied by a separate entry form and $35 entry fee, which needs to be paid in cash.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable for all entries submitted - both finalists and non-finalist entries.
  • Artworks need to be clearly labeled with artist’s name, title of work, medium, size, price, contact number and email of artist. Please mark ‘top’ of artwork if required.
  • The artist statement accompanying each art work will contain no more than 80 words. The statement should be about the work – the themes/message conveyed.
  • Submissions will be received ONLY between the hours indicated.
  • Finalists will be announced via the NAS blog, facebook page, and website on Wednesday 17 August.


IF YOU ARE SELECTED AS A FINALIST
General Agreements.
  • A work selected as a finalist must be made available for display and for sale at NEAP during the entire period of the exhibition. (Monday 15th August- Sunday 4th September)
  • The installation of very large or heavy works and works involving complex installations must be carried out by the artists personally.
  • Newcastle Art Space takes a 10% Commission on all sold works to assist in covering the costs of mounting the prize.
  • Finalists authorize and agree to permit the organizers of NEAP to publish their names, to photograph the work and reproduce images of any work selected for the purpose of promotion of NEAP. This includes on facebook, Instagram, website, blog and future NEAP advertising. These permissions acknowledge that the artist remains the copyright holder.
  • The responsibility for transporting works to and from the Gallery rests with the artist/s.
  • Newcastle Art Space, Newcastle Community Arts Centre will exercise all due care with the works submitted, but will not be responsible for any loss or damage suffered whatsoever to any art work while in transit or under its control. Each entrant shall indemnify the Newcastle Community Arts Centre and its agents against loss or damage suffered to his/her art work whatsoever. Each artist is responsible for his/her own insurance cover.
  • Finalists must assist with gallery sitting (timetable to be determined on entry day – shifts 12-2:30pm & 2:30-5:00pm Thurs to Sun).


COLLECTION OF WORKS

NON-FINALISTS
  • All artworks not selected as a finalist for NEAP 2016 must be collected from NAS, date and time TBA (Check NAS blog and Facebook page closer to exhibition).


FINALISTS
  • Unsold works in NEAP 2016 must be collected on Sunday 4th September 5-7pm. If this is not possible contact the gallery via nasdirector@ncac.org.au or 0437766893/0401028450 to arrange alternative pickup times.
  • Works not collected and in the absence of appropriate arrangements listed above will be deemed to be the property of NCAC and may be sold or otherwise disposed of by The Committee acting in the best interests of the Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize.
  • Payment for works sold at NEAP 2016 will be finalised after the show and artists will be contacted when ready for collection.



THE SELECTION PANEL
  •      Three persons will be appointed to the Judging Panel.
  •      The Judging Panel will review and assess all submissions received, and will decide which works will be exhibited as finalists in NEAP.
  •      Finalists will be announced via the NAS blog, facebook page, and website on Wednesday 17 August.
  •      The judge/s will choose the Section Winners, the Overall Prize winner, and the recipients of special commendation awards.
  •      The decision of the Selection Panel and the Judge/s is final on all aspects of awarding the Prizes, and no correspondence or appeal will be entered into or considered.
  •      The People’s Choice award will be announced at the end of the exhibition and will be based on votes received throughout exhibition by gallery visitors
  •       The Packer’s Prize will be judged during installation and winner announced on Opening Night


THE JUDGES

Dani Marti was born 1963 Barcelona, Spain and currently lives in Cessnock NSW. Marti works across video, installation and public art. His unorthodox woven and filmic works turns to wider notions of portraiture and sexuality in modernism, minimalism, and geometric abstraction. Since 1998, Marti has held over 25 solo exhibitions.

Wendy Sharpe is an Australian artist who lives and works in Sydney. She is one of Australia's most awarded artists, having won the Sulman Prize in 1986 and the Archibald Prize in 1996. Wendy Sharpe travels extensively and has been awarded many residencies and commissions overseas.

Ahn Wells is a Newcastle-based artist and curator, graduating from Newcastle Art School, Hunter St TAFE in 1999 and The University of Newcastle in 2000 and 2002-2003. During this time, she worked for a year as the Student Gallery Assistant at Watt Space, the Student Gallery of The University of Newcastle. In 2004, she travelled to the UK/Europe on a Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists. Wells was the Newcastle Art Space Director from June 2014 – January 2016.  In 2015, Ahn opened her own gallery, Gallery 139 located at 139A Beaumont St, Hamilton.


IMPORTANT DATES

Information Night – Thursday 28th April 7pm at Newcastle Art Space
Works to be submitted to NAS – Monday 15th August 10am – 6pm.
Selection of finalists – Tuesday 16th August.
Finalists announced – Wednesday 17th August
Works installed – Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th August.
Judging – Friday 19th August
Opening Night and Award presentation – Saturday 20th August from 6.30pm