Howard Gilbert 'Shaded Corner in a Hot Land' - highly commended 2014 Howard Gilbert 'Shaded Corner in a Hot Land' - highly commended 2014

History of the EAC Art Awards

In 2014, the EAC Over 60s Art Awards celebrate their 20th birthday. We are proud to say that it was the first such competition anywhere in the world to encourage and showcase the talent of older amateur artists.

The first EAC Art Awards competition in 1994 received 1200 entries. Culminating in a finalists' exhibition at BMA House in London, it was run almost entirely by volunteers, who organised all aspects of the competition from publicity to gallery hangings. Over subsequent years the Art Awards attracted more entries, with increased sponsorship and professional management, while the annual exhibition grew in size and reputation - held in a range of venues from London's Olympia, Mall and Bankside Galleries to Birmingham's RBSA Gallery.

More recently, the Awards have adapted to changing circumstances with a move away from the traditional exhibition week , emphasising instead a stronger online presence accompanied by a prize-giving event at The House of Lords in London.

Over the years the EAC Art Awards have attracted entries from over 30,000 artists, aged between 60 and 104.