The Door Prize is an art competition exclusively for painters, providing a unique and affordable opportunity for both students and practicing artists to exhibit their work in a major exhibition in the UK.
The voluntarily run project, directed by Antria Pelekanou (co-director of ‘Persona Art Festival’ and chief curator of ‘A Moving Exhibition’) will run from 3-17 March 2012 at the Nails Gallery in Bristol city centre. The initiative of this project is to enhance the experience of Bristol’s residents and visitors, building on Bristol’s reputation as a cultural and creative city.
With leading institutions such as Spike Island and Arnolfini boosting Bristol’s art scene, we aim to invite artists from all over the globe to visit Bristol, showcase their artwork, and further enhance the vibrant scene the city has to offer.
There are many free annual cultural events held in Bristol such as the Bristol Balloon Festival, BrisFest and Open Studios at Jamaica Street Artists to name a few. We believe that The Door Prize will be a great addition to the calendar, providing the public with an exciting opportunity to get involved with the arts. All visitors to The Door Prize group exhibition will be encouraged to vote for their favourite painting on the opening, guaranteeing an engaging and entertaining experience.
The works will be selected by a combination of the judging panel and the public vote. The winner of The Door Prize will receive an award specially commissioned from London based artist Desiree Ickerodt, and a Solo exhibition. Along with the prestige of being the winner of the first Door Prize, the winner will also be given a rare opportunity to become actively involved in the judging process of The Door Prize 2013.
In addition to the winner, there will be two runners up who will both receive a free designed publication including a selected part of their portfolio. One of the two runners up will be commissioned to create the 2013 Door Prize award.
In a celebration of painting as one of the most recognised and respected art forms, the competition opens the Door to the public and there can only be one winner.