Steve Hammond-Evans  'Foston Church' - finalist 2014 Steve Hammond-Evans 'Foston Church' - finalist 2014

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do you define ‘amateur’ artist?
  2. I am not sure whether my work is good enough to enter?
  3. I don’t live in ‘later life’ housing; can I still enter the competition?
  4. Where does the entry money go?
  5. I work in textile/mosaic/decoupage. Can I enter my work in EAC Art Awards?
  6. A group of us work together in a care home, led by an art therapist. Can we enter our collaborative work?
  7. What is the “Wellbeing“ prize?
  8. I have heard that the Art Awards is moving towards an online event. I don’t use a computer. Can I still enter?
  9. What are the arrangements for judging?
  10. How will the prize-giving ceremony work?

How do you define ‘amateur’ artist?

The EAC Art Awards aim to attract entries from people who have taken up art in later life; perhaps whilst still at work or after retirement. Typically such amateur artists have not earned their living either now or in the past, through their art. We would nevertheless welcome entries from artists who make some money from sales and commissions but would ask professional artists to respect the spirit of the competition.

I am not sure whether my work is good enough to enter?

In recognition of the wide range of ability and talent that exists within the label of ‘amateur’ artist, we now have two prizes for each category, beginner and experienced amateur. On the entry form we ask you to self select the group that best describes you and you will be entered for that prize. Our ambition is to encourage artists of all ability to have a go and enjoy the experience of taking part. We also welcome entries of group or collaborative work.

I don’t live in ‘later life’ housing; can I still enter the competition?

Yes, all amateur artists over 60 can enter, but those people who live in sheltered/retirement housing or care homes and people who enter from a day centre have the additional benefit of being considered for the Angela Farnell prize. This is awarded in memory of the founder of EAC.

Where does the entry money go?

EAC is a charity and the EAC Art Awards are non-profit making. The entry fee goes towards our organisational and administrative costs. This year we have reduced the fee to £5 per entry to encourage wider participation.

I work in textile/mosaic/decoupage. Can I enter my work in EAC Art Awards?

We can accept any medium and you will need to be able to photograph your work. We welcome entries that are to your individual design (and not made from a kit). We aim to be inclusive and to celebrate creativity and talent in whatever material you use.

A group of us work together in a care home, led by an art therapist. Can we enter our collaborative work?

Yes, in fact, we have a specific prize for group/collaborative work.

What is the “Wellbeing“ prize?

You may wish to enter your work for this optional additional prize. We want to demonstrate how art may have helped people to manage a difficult life event. Perhaps you belong to an Art Therapy group or maybe you took up art following a bereavement, loss or illness. We ask you to provide a short summary (up to 150 words) of how art has helped you to overcome difficulties or given you a new interest, under the heading, 'Art is my Therapy'.

I have heard that the Art Awards is moving towards an online event. I don’t use a computer. Can I still enter?

Yes, we accept postal entries and they will be treated equally to online entries.

What are the arrangements for judging?

Judging will take place shortly after the competition has closed. All entries are presented to the judges in an online format, so that postal and online entries are treated equally. The judges for the 2014 EAC Art Awards include Sally Bulgin, Editor of The Artist Magazine, Ingrid Lyons, Editor of Leisure Painter Magazine, and Tim Glass, Trustee, John Ellerman Foundation. Artists will be informed of the judges‘ decision by the end of July 2014, and winners will be contacted with details and arrangements for the prize-giving event.

How will the prize-giving ceremony work?

Prize giving will take place at the House of Lords on October 8th 2014. It will be a time limited event and tickets will be allocated. Winners will be notified of the arrangements and will be asked to confirm whether or not they are able to attend.