Call to artists: The Kingston Prize 2017
The seventh biennial Canadian portrait competition will be held in 2017. Eligible entries are portraits of Canadians by Canadian artists, either paintings or drawings. Deadline for entries is 28 April 2017.
Awards: The Kingston Prize of $20,000 and two Honourable Mention awards of $2000 each. At each exhibition venue, there will be a People’s Choice award of $1000.
The exhibition of thirty finalists will be held at two venues: the Firehall Theatre, Gananoque ON in October 2017; and the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives, Brampton ON from November to January 2018.
Please consult our website for the rules and other information. The entry form will be posted in early 2017. The following will help you prepare to submit an entry.
What you need to know to enter
READ THE KINGSTON PRIZE RULES
A professional-quality, high resolution digital photograph file of your portrait is required for the jury. If you are chosen as a finalist, this image will be used for publication in the catalogue, online and elsewhere.
Required file format: .jpg
File size: Between 1 MB and 4 MB Larger files will be automatically rejected
Filename convention: lastnamefirstname.jpg (i.e. smithjohn.jpg)
It is recommended that an experienced or professional photographer be engaged to produce the image. If you decide to take the photograph yourself, advice on cameras, lighting etc is available on many websites. It is suggested that you set the camera image size between 4 and 8 megapixels to obtain the required resolution. Crop the resulting image to just inside the edges of the artwork using photo editing software to produce a .jpg file at 300 pixels per inch.
Artist’s Statement, Biography and Curriculum Vitae
The artist must submit a one page document containing an artist’s statement, biography and CV.
Artist’s Statement: The artist’s statement may describe such topics as the circumstances, the subject, the style, and the philosophical background of the portrait. This statement may be used for press releases and publicity.
Biography: The artist’s biography may contain biographical details, and explain the current direction of the artist’s work and how it relates to the portrait submitted.
Curriculum Vitae (CV): The CV can contain brief summaries of education, awards, solo exhibitions, group exhibitions, employment and other relevant information.
File format: Single page Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) in 10 or 12 point text. The filename convention is lastnamefirstname.doc (or .docx) (i.e. smithjohn.doc or smithjohn.docx)
Entries must be received between Monday, January 30 and Friday, April 28, 2017.
Paper entries should be mailed or delivered to:
The Kingston Prize Association
427 Princess Street, Suite 114
Kingston, Ontario K7L 5S9
Successful entries will be acknowledged by email (if provided) or by return of a self-addressed stamped postcard (if provided). If you feel that you have completed the entry process as prescribed and do not receive an acknowledgement, please contact us.
Ready to Apply?
Before you begin, please ensure that you have the following ready:
- Image of your work as specified above
- Artist statement/bio/cv as specified above
- $30 non-refundable entry fee (PayPal or cheque)
Tips on a successful application:
- Your image is important! Please ensure that your image is of high quality, clear, in focus and well-lit so that the jury may properly assess your work.
- Make sure that your files are named as required
- If you are unsure, please ask. With over 400 submissions, any individual who does not submit the required materials in the proper format may cause their entry to be delayed or disqualified. All successful entries will be acknowledged, either by email or by return of a self-addressed stamped postcard.