Any artist living anywhere in the world may enter. All work must be original, conceived and executed solely by the artist, and completed within the past 18 months, without instructional assistance.
All media except reproductions, film and video are eligible for exhibition. Work cannot exceed 60in (152cm) in any direction or 75 lbs. in weight. There will be no provision for work requiring electricity or special installation.
There is a maximum of four entries per artist and there is an entry fee of £12 per work (£8 per work for Young Artists under 19).
If shortlisted for stage 2 and the exhibition, all work(s) are entered at the artist’s risk. The artist remains entirely responsible for the transportation of work(s) to and from either the Exhibition Office or the Cork Street Gallery. Work(s) that can not be collected by the artist in London during the specified dates and times must have transport arrangements agreed in writing with the exhibition organizer, and be fully paid in advance.
The organizers will not be liable for any loss or damage however caused, either in transit to and from the exhibition, or during any period of storage, packing or unpacking, or in any period in which the work may be on their premises or in their keeping. It is strongly advised that artists take out their own commercial insurance to cover their work in transit (two-way), at the exhibition office, throughout the judging period and, if selected, during the exhibition itself.
All works must be for sale at the exhibition, prices set by the artist, and Cork Street Open Exhibition will retain 35% of the selling price which will be passed onto the selected charity after deduction of agreed expenses. All sales of exhibited work must be undertaken by Cork Street Open Exhibition during the exhibition period.Payment for all work sold during the exhibition will be issued to Artists less the 35% commission no later than Monday, 7 September 2009.
All work shortlisted but not selected for the exhibition must be collected from the Cork Street Gallery between 10am and 4pm, August 6-15, 2009. All exhibitors will be required to collect unsold work from the gallery at Cork Street, London between 10am-2pm on Saturday, 15 August 2009. Work(s) that can not be collected by the artist in London during the specified dates and times must have transport arrangements agreed in writing with the exhibition organizer and be fully paid for in advance .
If selected for the exhibition, the artist agrees to the reproduction of their work (at no fee) in association with the exhibition (including publicity, press, website and catalogue).
The competition has a two-stage judging procedure.
Stage 1 – submission by image
Selection in the first instance will be made from photographs or jpg images. All entries must reach the exhibition office by 12th June 2009. Any entries received after this will be invalid.
Only one image per work may be submitted unless the work is a freestanding sculpture in which case two images from different angles may be submitted. Entries must represent actual work(s) to be exhibited. The image of the work must not be manipulated in any way and must be of the work entered. The work shown on the image must be available, if shortlisted, for stage 2 of the competition and the exhibition itself.
The image(s) and completed entry form can be submitted via email or post. You can post your image(s) on CD or as printed photographs to the Exhibition Office with a completed entry form. Digital images submitted vie email must not exceed 1MB in size per image. Digital images submitted by post on CD must not exceed 1MB in size per image. Photographic entries submitted by post will be converted to digital images for stage 1 judging. They will not be manipulated in any way.
The judging panel view all images entered during stage 1. This process is anonymous: jurors are not given the names of the artists but have access to information such as title, size and medium. There is no pre-selection stage prior to the stage 1 judging. As a result of this process, the jury then shortlists the works that are to progress through to stage 2.
Stage 2 – sending in shortlisted works for final judging
Those successful at stage one will be asked to deliver their work(s) either by courier to arrive at Pack-IT Hereford Ltd. between the 13-30 July 2009 or to The Cork Street Gallery Sunday, 2 August or Monday 3rd August 2009 between 11am-3pm (these must be the same works as seen in the image by the jury). Working together, the jury will then view and discuss each work individually to select the works for the final exhibition. They will also make the decision about prize-winners.
Cork Street Open Exhibition and the jurors reserve the right to accept or reject any piece for inclusion in the show. The organizers of Cork Street Open Exhibition reserve the right to refuse to exhibit any work it deems unacceptable due to poor craftsmanship or significant departure from photograph or digital representation.
Judges will include: An art enthusiast/collector from among the charity’s patrons, and at least three other established curators, artists or critics. The judge’s names and details will be posted on the website as they are confirmed.