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.