Roy’s Degree Competition
In association with Roy’s Art Fair
This would usually be a time where final year Art students would be submitting their final pieces of art to be marked for their major project. A time for learning how to put together a degree show, including raising finances, curating, framing, painting endless ply boards and learning the necessary task of hanging your work. The degree show for most of the students is the initiation into the art world, a chance for friends, family and most importantly the industry to view the artist they intend to be. It’s the time that curators, buyers, gallerists and publications get to view artists work as well as competitions and graduate schemes being judged. In these uncertain times most of the universities have had no other choice than to cancel, virtualise or postpone these artist showcases. With many universities having to use proposal work for marking of the final degree due to the closure of studios and lack of resources available at this time.
Artists and creatives are fundamental in this world and the worry is that there will be a whole year of thousands of these students that will not obtain these “breaks” and experiences to enter into an industry that is notoriously difficult to earn a regular income.
Roy’s Art Fair is the UKs largest artist run art fair and offer invaluable expertise and support to both emerging and established artists as they navigate the Art world. The focus is primarily on developing a community led spirit initiated by artists to connect directly with the public and promote both the artists' and buyers' interests first.
Roy’s Art Fair will be launching a competition for final year students to give them the extra platforms for exposure. The competition will be launching on Monday 4th May and will run for 8 weeks. Each Monday we will select 5 artists and show their work via our social media platforms and sharing their details. These artists will then go into a final competition that will be judged by top industry experts and be given prizes which will help them craft their future directions in the industry. To enter, all students need to do is send an image of their degree artwork via Instagram to @Roysartfair together with artwork title, full name and university studied at.
Prizes on offer are:
Portfolio review with a gallery curator
Art supply vouchers
Artist mentoring sessions
Sharing of artwork, details and bio on our social media platforms
Invitation to networking events
Roy’s Art Fair want to reach as many art students as possible from all over the UK and also give the public an understanding of what these students are going through at the start of their working career. With the support of your publication we can reach more students and public that can support these students in such uncertain times.
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