Description, Submission & Selection Criteria
The Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award will be an international juried exhibition open to all amateur and practising artists using textiles as their medium. Upper Street Events aim is to present work that meets the following criteria and is of a standard that:
Both 2D and 3D works are welcome, with the exception of garments unless said garments present as fine art. All disciplines, processes and media are therefore welcome, as long as the key/pivotal materials are clearly rooted in textiles. Without providing an exhaustive list, in terms of process this might include hand and/or machine stitch, weaving, collage/piecing, wrapping or binding, thread ‘drawing’, surface design, knitting and crochet. In terms of media, other elements can be incorporated such as dyes, discharge media, paint, paper, resin, wax and so forth.
The Jury & Selection Process
Applicants will need to take the above criteria into account as it provides the key guidelines for the selection process, with those bulleted of key importance.
The jury will comprise of established artists working with textiles, an artist working in another discipline, an arts curator, academic or critic and a representative of Upper Street Events. Selection will initially be made from digital images and the jury will get together via video link to build a shortlist. Under normal circumstances successful applicants would be asked to send in the shortlisted pieces, due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, this may change for 2020 but we will keep shortlisted applicants informed. In order to keep standards high, the organisers and jury reserve the right to decline short-listed works on viewing. Applicants will be informed of the final decision by the end of July 2020.
Entrants selected for the final exhibition will be eligible for two awards within this category:
Venue & Duration
The Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award exhibition would normally be on display at The Festival of Quilts in July/August 2020 but sadly due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19, the has been postponed this year to 2021. However the organisers intend to show selected work at The Knitting & Stitching Shows in London and Harrogate, so entrants must be prepared for their piece to be travelling for a period of four to five months. Our long-term aim is to seek a gallery or museum partner to whom the exhibition can travel. Please note that due to venue restrictions it may not always be possible to travel all of the works included in the final exhibition and artists will be advised by email. Return of any works will be arranged at the cost of the Organiser.
Please pay attention to the following information before submitting:
Getting your work to us
On invitation to the short-list, successful applicants will ensure their work arrives in time for the round two judging (date to be confirmed).
Post / courier your work to:
Upper Street Events (Immediate Media)
44 Brook Green London W6 7BT
If sending from outside the UK, we advise you to contact our shipper Bill Bowden Event Logistics (email Bill Bowden (email@example.com) who can advise on the process and avoiding 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.
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 2021.
Key Dates 2020
3rd June: Submission deadline
End of July: Round one shortlisted applicants advised (by email)
End of July: Declined applicants advised (by email)
August: Round one shortlisted works to be delivered to Upper Street Events in London.
August: Round two of the judging takes place to decide the final selection and the winning pieces
The Vlieseline Fine Art Textile Award is sponsored by