Entering art competitions can represent a great opportunity for an artist whether you win or not. Along with the benefit of simply growing as an artist, competitions can also increase that much-needed exposure of your work, help you build up your network within the art world, and even help increase your self-confidence.
One competition that we strongly encourage all creatives to look into is Deakin University’s Capture Art and Performance Prize. Back again for its fifth year, The Capture Art and Performance Prize is asking for entries of visual art, photography, dance and performance that ‘depict creative thoughts as you see them’ with the chance to will cash prizes, exhibition and workshop opportunities.
“We want anything – any dance, any monologue, any photos,” explains Lecturer in Art and Performance at Deakin University Anne Wilson. “We really want to connect with all of the creatives around Geelong; we want to meet them and get to know their work.”
As a celebration of Deakin University’s suite of visual and performing arts courses the competition, which was originally open to just photography, is now open to all who are involved in art or performance with the purpose to connect with all creatives – whether you’re a well-established artist or a student trying to earn more recognition for your work.
“Anyone can enter. We want retirees, we want young people, just any body who has a passion,” Wilson explains. “We think that art and performance is part of our culture; it’s not something that’s hidden away and not relevant. We think it’s actually really relevant to the people in the local community, and we recognise that in our courses as well.”
Prizes will be awarded based on the decision of a panel of esteemed judges who are artists from the fields of art and performance with first place receiving $500, second place $250 and third place $150. With prizes in mind that benefit artists in ways that matter, the competition will also give the 12 finalists the opportunity to have their work exhibited at the Capture Art and Performance Exhibition at The Project Space, Deakin University Waterfront Campus gallery.
Best of all, Deakin ensure an enriching and invaluable experience for every artist. Even if you don’t become a finalist, all Capture entrants will have one of their works exhibited on digital screens alongside the 12 finalists.
So what do the judges actually want to see?
“The art work they put in doesn’t have to have a theme; we’re not prescribing a theme for people who want to enter,” Wilson smiles. “We just want to see what they’re interested in and then when we have the exhibition and some upcoming workshops, we’ll continue that conversation. We’re keen to learn from them too, it’s a two way relationship.”
With art and performance at Deakin committed to providing a cutting-edge education across the visual and performing arts, like Wilson, most of the leading international researchers and teachers actually work across drama, dance, visual arts and photography – directly in the field they are teaching – which just reinforces the importance the university places on creative arts.
“At Deakin, we’re real people working in the field that you’re interested in, and although if you came to university you’d have the opportunity of developing academically and doing further research, you’re also have incredible opportunity to be part of a really vibrant and collaborative studio environment,” Wilson explains.
As an extension of the competition, Deakin will be hosting workshops on Saturday August 18 at Deakin’s Project Space that offers the opportunity to explore what the university has on offer in terms of forward-looking, adventurous and extensive curriculum devoted to technical skills, critical thinking and individually focused forms of creative expression with a variety of workshops in dance and drama, visual art and photography.
If the competition sounds of interest to you or someone you know, get in touch with the team and let your creativity shine. Remember, the judges will be looking for elements such as space, light, composition, time, form, gesture and framing – they want to see your creative thoughts as you see them and share your unique way of seeing the world.
Remember, whether you end up winning them all or not, there is no greater way to get to know your own work and stay attuned to the art world than by staying active in the ever-developing community through amazing opportunities just like this…
To view further terms and conditions, including eligibility, entry and judging and prizes, visit deakin.edu.au/create
Entries close Wednesday August 29 at 5pm