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THE OPEN CONTEMPORARY YOUNG ARTIST AWARD

The Open Contemporary Young Artist Award is an opportunity for artists 35 years old or younger working in the UK today to submit work for the chance to win £1000 and exhibit work at The Biscuit Factory.

Open to established and emerging artists that are 35 years old or younger, The Open Contemporary Young Artist Award will profile the successful entrants and raise awareness of mixed contemporary art practices. The Biscuit Factory welcomes submissions including paintings, photography, original handmade prints, sculpture, glass, ceramics, textiles and jewellery.

Shortlisted artists will take part in a group exhibition in The Biscuit Factory gallery. The winner will receive £1,000 and the opportunity for a solo show of work, along with a comprehensive press package. There will also be a People’s Choice winner, as voted for by the public, who will receive a £250 prize.

The Open Contemporary Young Artist Award 2019 winner will be announced at the exhibition or shortlisted artists opening on 17 May.

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FAQs

Who is eligible for this opportunity?

Any practising artist aged 35 years or younger on the final day of submission is eligible to enter. International submissions may not be considered due to shipping times and costs.

Please note submissions EXCLUDE film and installation artworks. Submissions of film or installation will not be considered.

Does my work need to be for sale?

YES. Your work must be priced (retail) between £100 and £3500 to eligible. The Biscuit Factory will take a commission of 40% from sales to cover exhibition costs, excluding VAT. 10% of all sales (taken from The Biscuit Factory commission) will go back to THE BISCUIT FACTORY FOUNDATION to facilitate future opportunities for artists.

When is the deadline?

All submissions must be made by 11:59pm on Sunday 31 March 2019. Submissions made after this date will not be eligible.

How many pieces can I submit?

Entrants may submit up to 3 individual artworks. (one art work per submission). Any additional submissions will not be eligible, and the earliest submissions will be included for consideration.

When will I hear if I have been successful or not?

Artists will be notified with their submission result by Friday 5 April.

When is the delivery date?

If your work is elected to be part of the exhibition, the submission must be delivered to The Biscuit Factory on or before 4pm on Monday 6 May 2019. The artist is responsible for delivery of all artworks, and delivery details MUST be pre-approved by gallery staff.

When do I collect my work?

Any unsold work must be collected from The Biscuit Factory between Thursday 29 August & Sunday 1 September. The gallery must be given at least 48 hours’ notice of collection. The artist is responsible for collection of all artworks.

How much does it cost?

The Open Contemporary Young Artist Award is free to enter. The Biscuit Factory will take a commission of 40% from sales to cover exhibition costs, excluding VAT. 10% of all sales (taken from The Biscuit Factory commission) will go back to The Biscuit Factory Foundation to facilitate future opportunities for artists.

Are there payments to artists?

Artists will receive payment from sales made during the exhibition via bank transfer. All payments are back dated by one month. Artists must provide bank details in order for payment to be made. The Biscuit Factory will take a commission of 40% from sales to cover exhibition costs, excluding VAT, 10% of all sales (taken from The Biscuit Factory commission) will go back to The Biscuit Factory Foundation to facilitate future opportunities for artists.

Is there a private view / opening?

The official launch event will coincide with LATE SHOWS 201 on Friday 17 & Saturday 18 May 2019. This is an annual event where cultural venues open late across Newcastle and Gateshead - more information can be found at our What's On page. All artists included will be welcome to attend during the weekend events, and to invite guests of their own.

Does the location have disabled access?

Yes, via ramps to the front of the gallery, as well as interior lifts to reach each floor.