Brian Lee  'Head in Hands' - finalist 2014Brian Lee 'Head in Hands' – finalist 2014

EAC Art Awards 2014

The EAC Over-60s Art Awards are open to artists over the age of 60, resident anywhere in the world. Works in all mediums - 2D and 3D - are accepted, and must have been completed in the last 3 years, and since the artist reached the age of 60. There are no restrictions on subject matter.

Artists may submit up to five works for the competition, either online or by post. Online entry is by completion of an online form and the upload of jpeg images. Postal entry is by submission of a downloaded entry form along with colour photographs or A4 print reproductions.

Entry Fee

The entry fee in 2014 was £5 per work.

Beginners and More Experienced categories

In 2012, EAC Art Awards introduced a dual judging and prize structure, with separate beginner and more experienced/semi-professional artist categories. The separation of these two groups helped to widen the appeal of The Awards, and to celebrate the quality of work and the talents of both.

Judging and selection of finalists and prize-winners

The judging panel, composed of art professionals and sponsors, makes its selection of prize-winners, highly commended and commended works from the online gallery of submitted images. Generally within four to six weeks of the closing date for entries, successful entrants are informed, and both prize-winners and highly commended artists are invited to a celebration and prize-giving afternoon event at an iconic venue – in 2013 and 2014 The House of Lords.

Prizes

Category prizes

In 2014 two prizes of £125 were awarded in each of the following categories, one for the best entry from a beginner and the other for the best entry from a more experienced artist:

  • Landscape/Seascape
  • Townscape
  • Still Life/Plant Study
  • Portrait
  • Animal Portrait
  • 3D work/ Textile
  • Photography/Digital Art
  • Abstract/Mixed Media/Collage

The Angela Farnell Memorial Prize

Three £250 prizes were awarded in memory of the founder of EAC. These prizes are for the best entries from artists living in sheltered / retirement housing or a care home, or who enter through a day centre. The prize-money is divided between the artist and their sheltered scheme, care home or day centre.

The Art & Wellbeing Prize

Two prizes of £250 were awarded in 2014. These are optional prizes for those who wish to share their experience of how their involvement in artistic activities has had a positive effect on their recovery from illness or a life-changing event. Individuals can either enter themselves for this prize or can be nominated by an art group leader, care home manager, health professional, or family and friends. Entries for this Prize are judged on the submitted image along with a short statement.

Prize for Group Work

One prize of £250 is awarded to the best collaborative entry.

The People's Choice Award

Two People’s Choice prizes were awarded in 2014 to the two artists whose works received the most votes in the online gallery. In addition a Highly Commended Award was made to the artist with the most works in this year’s People’s Choice Top 20.

Rules of Entry

  • Photocopies of the entry form are accepted.
  • Entrants must be over 60 years of age
  • The work must have been executed after the artist attained the age of 60
  • Work in any medium is accepted and there is no restriction on subject matter.
  • Online entries should be submitted as jpeg files (These are files with a '.jpg' file extension.) Each digital file should not exceed 5MB.
  • Postal entries should be submitted in the form of a colour photograph or laser print reproduction, no larger than A4 in size. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT FRAMED ORIGINAL WORKS, ONLY SEND REPRODUCED IMAGES.
  • Each postal entry should be labelled clearly with the title of the work and the entrant’s name and address.
  • Postal entries must be accompanied by the official entry form (one per entrant) and appropriate fee. A maximum of 5 entries per artist is allowed.
  • All entry fees go towards the administration of the competition and will not be refunded.
  • Postal entries cannot be returned unless a stamped addressed envelope is provided with the appropriate paid postage.
  • Results will be announced on the website within 6 weeks of the closing date for entries Those artists shortlisted for prizes will be invited to a special prize-giving event .
  • The decision of the judging panel shall be final and EAC will not enter into correspondence with entrants or their representatives.
  • The copyright remains with the artist, but EAC retains the right to photograph and/or reproduce images for the purposes of publicity, promotion and fund-raising, including on its websites and in its public information materials.