Venue & Duration

The Fine Art Textiles Award exhibition is intended for display at The Festival of Quilts in July/August 2021 (alongside the exhibition from 2020) AND at The Knitting & Stitching Shows in London and Harrogate, so entrants must be prepared for their piece to travel for a period of four to five months. Given the ongoing uncertainty presented by the pandemic, there is a risk that these exhibitions will not go ahead in 2021, in which case the shortlist will be presented online and we will aim to find an alternative venue in the future. 

Please note that due to venue restrictions it may not always be possible exhibit the entire shortlist and artists will be advised by email if this is the case. Return of any works will be arranged at the cost of the Organiser.

Entry Requirements

Please pay attention to the following information before submitting:

  • A maximum of one piece per applicant can be entered
  • An administrative fee of £38.00 per entry will be charged
  • Entry fees are non-refundable. In the event that The Festival of Quilts and / or The Knitting & Stitching Shows are unable to go ahead in 2021 due to the pandemic, an alternative venue may be sought to display the FATA exhibition.
  • Submissions will be made online via www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk OR www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/london
  • Size constraints apply and must be adhered to (see below for details)
  • Three digital images will be required as part of the submission process:
      • One image showing the overall work, ideally as you wish to see it presented.
      • Two detail images
      • Please ensure images are professionally shot. Good quality images are essential to maximise your chance of selection. Files must be high resolution JPEG or TIFF files, a minimum of 300dpi. The file size should be between 1mb – 3mb (no larger than 8mb)
      • Images must be uploaded as part of your entry via the online form

Submission Criteria

  • The work must have been made within 24 months prior to 4th May 2021.
  • The work must not have been shown at any major exhibition in the UK (juried, solo, group or otherwise).
  • The work is considered as fine art.
  • The work transcends its craft or making process, standing alone as visual art.
  • The work is clearly rooted in, and reflecting of the inspiration, source, concept or idea of the artist.
  • The work is clearly rooted within the medium of textile, meaning that cloth and thread play a dominant role.
  • The work can be 2D or 3D, with the exception of garments unless said garments present as fine art.
  • Entrants must agree for their work to be available to the Organiser and any exhibiting partner for a period of five months from receipt (from August to December 2021).
  • Successful applicants agree to grant permission to the Organiser to photograph the work as necessary, and/or use supplied images for catalogue, educational, marketing or promotional purposes.
  • When sent to the organiser for exhibiting, the work must be professionally packaged and include:
      • A label to identify it is part of FATA, with your full name and ‘from’ address.
      • All hanging devices (wooden battens can be provided but ideally we ask you to enclose, rods, wires or other hanging mechanisms).
      • A written explanation, diagram or image that clearly shows how the work is to be presented. The web entry form will ask whether a plinth or special presentation device will be needed, and the dimensions of such. Please note that such devices will be made of wood and painted white.
      • Any necessary information or recommendations for re-packing.
  • The deadline for initial submission of images is 28th May 2021.
  • Judging will take place between 7th – 11th June.
  • Applicants will be informed of the judge’s initial shortlist in mid-June and the final decision by the end of June.
  • Successful applicants will need to either post or hand deliver the work to Bill Bowden Event Logistics in West Sussex (who will also securely store the work between shows).

Getting your work to us

On invitation to the short-list, successful applicants will ensure their work arrives between 5th and 9th July 2021.

Post / courier your work to:

Bill Bowden Event Logistics
4 Dickens Close
East Grinstead
West Sussex RH19 1SE

If sending from outside the UK, we advise you to contact our shippers (email: bill@billbowden.co.uk) who can advise on the process and help you avoid paying customs duty. Please be aware that if any charges are made for customs, you the maker will need to make payment in full. Any such fees will not be covered by the organisers.

 

Packing your work

Please ensure your work is packaged adequately for travel between several different venues. It is difficult to advise on the best materials to use without understanding the nature of your work, but we usually advise acid free tissue paper to avoid creasing, plenty of bubble wrap to withstand transportation and strong cardboard for the outside packaging. 

If your work is 3D or fragile in nature, we advise you to create a bespoke box or packaging that will protect it in transit (and that can be opened and re-packed numerous times). 

If there are any specific packing instructions, please include with your parcel and also send in advance by email. 

Where possible, please avoid using packaging that will tear or get damaged when opening as we will try our best to re-use your packaging after each show. Where possible please use shrink wrap tape instead of brown sticky tape, which can ruin packaging. 

We do our best to ensure your packaging is returned to you but please be aware this is not always possible, and we cannot accept any responsibility for lost or damaged packaging. 

Insurance

If you are selected for FATA, you will be automatically covered by our insurance cover for pieces valued up to £1500. The work will be covered from the moment it arrives with us to the moment you receive it back.

Any work which exceeds this value and requires additional insurance can pay to cover their work at a cost to the maker of £10 for values between £1500 – £2000, £20 for values between £2001 – £2500 and so on in increments of £10.

It must be emphasised that, whilst every effort is made to ensure the safety of any
entry, it has to be recognised that some risk is inevitable and must be accepted by all entrants.

The Return of your work

Exhibited works will be returned at the organiser’s expense no later than the end of January 2022.

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