We hope this exhibition will inspire more people to enjoy and appreciate the wildlife to be found in Somerset and beyond.
We encourage artists working in all media (including photography) to enter original artworks. All works must be available to purchase during the exhibition, which will take place 6 October to 3 November 2018 at ACEarts, Somerton.
Submissions can be made via our online form here.
Each artist may submit up to five works (painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking etc). Each entry requires a good quality photograph of the original work (8x10 inch print on photographic paper if by post) or online submission (JPG max 5MB). Each photograph must be clearly labelled on the back with artist name, title of work, media used and price (including 45% commission). If you wish us to return your photograph please enclose a SAE. If your work is selected you will be asked to send a high resolution image for print purposes.
The entry form must be completed and returned with the entry fee: £10 per work. Fees may be paid by BACS for the credit of Art Care Education, account number 60032464, sort code 60-80-06 and please include the name of the artist as a reference, or by cheque payable to Art Care Education and please write the name of the artist on the back.
All entry forms, cheques/payment by BACS and submissions, whether via the website or by post, must be received by ACEarts at British Wildlife Open 2018, ACEarts, Market Place, Somerton, Somerset TA11 7NB by Friday 4 May 2018.
Selection will be made by:
Simon King OBE, Wildlife film-maker and Patron, Somerset Wildlife Trust
Stewart Geddes PRWA, President, Royal West of England Academy
Frank Martin, Trustee, ACEarts
Nina Gronw-Lewis, Curator, ACEarts
Katie Arber, Director of Fundraising and Marketing, Somerset Wildlife Trust
We will employ a two-step selection process:
Successful entrants will be notified of final selection decisions by Tuesday 29 May 2018.
ACEarts reserves the right not to hang all selected works whether this is due to lack of space or any other factor which may affect the overall nature of the exhibition. The decision of the Curator is final. ACEarts and Somerset Wildlife Trust cannot enter into any correspondence or discussion over the decisions made by the Curator.
The artist selected as the overall winner of the British Wildlife Open will win a solo exhibition at ACEarts in 2019. A People’s Prize will also be awarded following voting by exhibition visitors.
If your work has been selected or reserved for exhibition, please deliver it to ACEarts, Market Place, Somerton TA11 7NB on Monday 1 October 10am–5pm. Your work must be ready to exhibit and be unpacked upon delivery. If your work is heavy please bring assistance with you. No work will be accepted any other day unless by prior arrangement.
All unsold work to be collected Friday 5 November 10am–5pm unless by prior arrangement. Uncollected work will be sold and proceeds will go to ACEarts and Somerset Wildlife Trust.
Work selected will be insured by ACEarts for the duration of the exhibition. Whilst every care will be taken in the housing and handling of work, no responsibility will be accepted by ACEarts or Somerset Wildlife Trust for any damage that might occur. Artists should insure their work for the period of transit.
Photographs of artworks submitted and photographs taken of work during the exhibition may be used in promotional material to advertise the gallery, exhibition and work of ACEarts and Somerset Wildlife Trust.
All funds raised through entry fees, commission from the sale of exhibited works and proceeds from the sale of unsold uncollected works, will be shared equally (50% each) by ACEarts (registered charity number 1166886) and Somerset Wildlife Trust (registered charity number 238372).
Full terms and conditions are set out below.
You are required to agree to our full terms and conditions when applying by ticking the box on the application form overleaf.