30-01-2013 Patchings, Patchings Open Art Competition 2013, The Artist, Leisure Painter
The Artist and Leisure Painter 2013 Patchings Open Art Competition

The Artist and Leisure Painter 2013 Patchings Open Art Competition


See your work exhibited, win one of the £11,500 worth of prizes, plus magazine publicity for the winners.

The Artist and Leisure Painter magazines announce the launch of the 2013 Patchings Open Art Competition. Painters and artists working in two dimensions in all media are invited to submit their work for this prestigious art competition, one of the UK’s longest established and most inclusive.

Five new prizes for 2013…

The organisers are pleased to announce the launch of five additional new prizes for 2013: The Nature in Art Awards, four £100 vouchers for Nature in Art Workshops; the Knuston Hall Award of a four-day residential Art Summer School; the Clariefontaine Awards and St Cuthberts Mill Awards, that between them offer eight prizes to the value of £1,100 of superb paper; and the West Norfolk Art Centre Awards of two, two-day non-residential painting courses. These add to the existing 15 awards to make a total of £11,500 worth of prizes including the £1,500 The Artist Purchase Prize, and £1,000 Atelier Interactive Awards. 

A brilliant opportunity for artists…

The Artist and Leisure Painter Patchings Open represents a fantastic opportunity for artists to raise their profiles and further their careers.  As well as art materials and training, the winners are also awarded publicity in The Artist and Leisure Painter magazines to help them achieve greater recognition. Their works go on show at the well-known Patchings Art Centre in Calverton, Nottinghamshire, during the Patchings Art, Craft & Design Festival, which last year saw over 12,000 visitors and is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013. Here, their works are placed on sale in the gallery and online.

About The Artist and Leisure Painter magazines…

Established in 1931, The Artist is the UK’s longest-standing, most respected practical art magazine by artists, for artists. With a circulation of over 30,000 and readership in excess of 100,000, Leisure Painter is Britain’s best-selling how-to-paint publication. The winners will join a long list of well-known artists such as Ken Howard, OBE, RA and David Remfry RA, who have been featured in The Artist, and will gain worldwide recognition through the publicity enjoyed in the magazines.

About the competition...

It’s easy, and doesn’t cost too much to enter… plus, every entrant will receive a free entry ticket to the Patchings Art, Craft & Design Festival, worth £8.50.

Another advantage of the Patchings Open is that it does not cost a huge amount to take part compared to other competitions. The entry fee of £15 (the same as last year) includes up to three entries of two-dimensional work in any media, and the entry procedure is very straightforward. Initially the judges require digital images, colour prints or photographs of your submission. Then, if your work is chosen for exhibition, you will be sent details of when and how to deliver the actual work to Patchings Art Centre. There will be no additional costs or hanging fees.

There are two categories: The Artist category (for professionals, semi-professionals, art students, art tutors and experienced amateur painters); and the Leisure Painter category (for beginners, hobby painters and less experienced amateur painters). Seventy works are selected for exhibition in each category, to go on show in separate galleries, and these, plus 50 further highly commended works in each category, will be shown online to a worldwide audience. The 2012 exhibition had 25,000 unique visitors to the website.

A distinguished panel of expert judges…

Submissions are judged by a panel of experienced judges: Sally Bulgin, Editor of The Artist, Ingrid Lyon, Editor of Leisure Painter, Liz Wood, artist and co-owner of Patchings Art Centre; David Curtis ROI, RSMA; and Peter Welton, Emeritus Professor of Fine Art, De Montfort University, Leicester. Guest judge for 2013, Ken Howard OBE, RA, will help select this year’s The Artist Purchase Prize winner.

What the judges say...

David Curtis, a regular judge, was impressed by the overall standard of the works at last summer’s exhibition, many of which he thought would be well received by the selection panels of any of the major London art shows: ‘The standard is increasing,’ he says, ‘just as the atmosphere and buzz at the event is ever increasing, year on year’.

David Curtis goes on to say: ‘The duty of any judge is to keep an open mind – to have a wide range of acceptance. I’m looking for excellence of execution, whatever the subject matter or approach. Obviously I’m going to hone in on painterliness, because that is what I strive for in my work. But I also try to look beyond the box, as it were, at approaches such as abstraction and still life. Always I am looking for creativity, an original vision, the risk factor and something that stands out from the crowd. I would especially like to see more young and up-and-coming artists entering this competition.’

What last year’s winners say…

Gillian Stevens: “Winning the 2012 prize came as a huge surprise. I always tell people that I would go on painting even if I never sold another painting in my life, but the truth is, a little encouragement from time to time, can be a great stimulus for creativity. Since the announcement of the award I have been working hard on a new body of work and have been approached by a new gallery in London where some of my paintings are now on show.”

Peter Kelly: “For many years now my paintings have been in oils or, occasionally, mixed media. So, when winning the Daler-Rowney Prize - which was aimed mainly for a watercolour artist, I felt I should do something about it. And so it was back to the drawing-board, back to my distant past, and to start producing watercolours again. A rewarding and enjoyable experience, and definitely to be continued. I am optimistic about the future and look forward to submitting to Patchings again.”


The closing date for the receipt of entries is Friday March 28th. Judging is on Wednesday April 17, and all selected artists will be notified in late April with full details about delivering their works if invited to exhibit. Letters will also be sent to those selected for the highly commended categories, as well as the unsuccessful entrants.

The Patchings Open exhibition opens on June 6th and runs until July 21st 2013.

How to enter…
Entry details available online: www.painters-online.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PatchingsArtCompetition
Email: info@tapc.co.uk
Telephone:  01580 763673

The Artist and Leisure Painter’s January, February and March issues contain all entry details and entry coupons; available from all good newsagents, or direct from www.painters-online.co.uk.


Start: 30-01-2013

End: 28-03-2013

Website: www.painters-online.co.uk

Email: info@tapc.co.uk

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