Art award competition revs up

Calling all local artists…

For the second year, the National Gallery is partnering with Ogier for the Ogier Art Award, which celebrates new developments in the Cayman Islands art scene.

The award is part of Ogier’s corporate giving philosophy, which supports the promotion and development of arts and culture within the community.

Artists are invited to submit work in competition for a first- ($5,000), second- ($3,000) and third-place ($1,000) prize.

Prizes are awarded to the artists with the two strongest works, along with a third prize for an emerging artist who has exhibited or worked for less than two years.

Over time the winning works each year form the basis of the Ogier Corporate Art Collection, which will be on display at Ogier corporate headquarters.

National Gallery representatives said they are excited to again be partnering with Ogier. They will oversee the administrative aspects of the competition.

“The National Gallery is committed to providing support and exposure for the local arts community,” said National Gallery Director Natalie Urquhart. “And it is through partnerships with organisations like Ogier – who celebrate the importance of the arts and culture in a healthy society – that we hope to continue creating such opportunities for our artists.”

Artists are invited (or nominated) to submit work along the chosen theme each year and prizes are awarded by a jury made up of Ogier partners and island-wide cultural administrators.

Selected works will be chosen for an exhibit at Camana Bay for a period of two weeks in June/July 2011.

Consideration will be given for skill, creativity and originality, organisers said.

Artists will be expected to sign an agreement prior to the judging process, agreeing to part with their work to the amount of the prize category for which they are chosen.

In order to ensure wide scope and to encourage development within the arts community, both emerging and established artists are invited to enter the competition.

There is no limit to the numbers of times an artist can be short-listed annually. Also, artists can submit a maximum of three works to the exhibition.

For more information, contact National Gallery intern Latrese at [email protected] or call 945-8111. Deadline for submissions is Friday, 27 May.