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Deadline for entry

Fri 21 March 2014 17:00 GMT

GENERAL INFO

Inspired by… is an art competition for people in part-time adult education, showcasing new works inspired by exhibits in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collections. Run successfully by the V&A for a number of years, the competition has been entrusted to Morley Gallery for 2014.

Participants are invited to create a work of art or craft inspired by the collections of either the V&A South Kensington or the V&A Museum of Childhood , and to submit their entries online by 5pm, Friday 21 March 2014.

Entries will be judged by a selection panel of curators, educators and a professional designer, and selected works will be exhibited at Morley Gallery, London from 20 May - 19 June 2014.

A number of prizes will be awarded to winners in eight categories of works: Ceramics, Glass & Stained Glass, Jewellery, Sculpture, Textiles & Fashion, Theatre & Performance and Printmaking, Drawing & Painting and V&A Museum of Childhood. Special prizes will also be awarded by the V&A and NIACE, the National Institute of Adults Continuing Education.

Entrants who are unable to visit the V&A’s collections in person can access their extensive online databases with over 1,118,294 objects and 361,132 images for inspiration.
V&A collection
Museum of Childhood collection

Inspired by… is supported by NIACE  and will be part of national Adult Learners’ Week celebrations for 2014.

KEY DATES

Friday 21 March 2014 - Deadline for online entries, by 5pm
Friday 11 April 2014 - Results of initial entry emailed to artists by this date
Saturday 10 May 2014 (10am – 4pm) - Selected work delivered to Morley Gallery
Monday 19 May 2014 – Private View & Prize giving
Tuesday 20 May 2014
- Exhibition opens at Morley Gallery
Thursday 19 June 2014 – Exhibition closes
Saturday 21 June 2014 (10am – 4pm) - Collection of unsold work
Online entry form
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RULES & Guidelines

Entrants

• Entrants must be on a part-time adult education course in the UK this academic year.
• Courses must be in the academic year 2013-14.
• Courses may be accredited or non-accredited.
• Students should not submit work made as part of courses at degree level or above.
• Entrants must be over 18 years old
• Students can enter individually or as part of a group.

What may be entered?

• Students may submit any art, craft, multimedia or digital work, video or animation that they have produced in the current academic year within their institution. Students may only enter one piece of work.
• The entry must have been inspired by the V&A’s collections and/or Museum of Childhood, exhibitions or displays. Students may visit the V&A in person or refer to the V&A’s websites or catalogues. Inspiration may come from several sources, including objects from different eras, countries or artistic disciplines, but this should be traceable. Students should create original designs and not make copies of museum pieces.
• The competition is NOT about copying. The aim of the competition is to encourage you to look at the works of art and use the ideas in them to create your own ORIGINAL art work.
• Please note that we cannot guarantee that we will be able to display large or heavy items.
• Entries must be made online by supplying a digital image of your work. Selected exhibitors will be required to supply their actual piece of work for the exhibition if selected.

process

Entry

Participants are invited to submit up to three digital images of one piece of work inspired by the collections of the V&A South Kensington (including the National Art Library) or the V&A Museum of Childhood. In the case of students wishing to submit a video or moving image, please upload 3 stills images plus the URL of where your video can be viewed.

Entries must be made online

The deadline for submissions is 5pm, Friday 21 March 2014.

There is NO entry fee for participants.


Please note that you will be required to supply your actual piece of work for the exhibition if selected.

Judging

The panel of judges will review all entries received through a digital submission process.

Entries will be assessed using the following criteria:
• Evidence of inspiration from the V&A’s collections.
• Technical skill.
• Creativity and innovation.
• Evidence of benefit from adult education and from the Inspired by... competition.

Approximately 50 works will be selected for the exhibition. Entrants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by email by Friday 11 April 2014.

Exhibition & Prizegiving

Selected works will be exhibited at Morley Gallery from 20 May – 19 June 2014.

The Private View & Prizegiving will take place on Monday 19 May 2014, 6 – 8pm, and all exhibitors will be invited.

Prizes of £50 will be awarded to the winners of the eight categories of works: Ceramics, Glass & Stained Glass, Jewellery, Sculpture, Textiles & Fashion, Theatre & Performance and Printmaking, Drawing & Painting and The Museum of Childhood.

The V&A will award a special prize of a year’s membership of the V & A for the winner and a guest.
 
NIACE will also be awarding a special prize of £100 learning vouchers.

Sale of works

Artists are able to sell their work during the exhibition.  A commission of 30% of the selling price will be taken by Morley Gallery.

Delivery of work

Selected works for the exhibition must be delivered to Morley Gallery.

To send your work by post or courier, please mark it with your name and contact details and address it to:

MORLEY GALLERY
61 WESTMINSTER BRIDGE ROAD
LONDON SE1 7HT

Work delivered by post or courier should arrive between Friday 9 May and 12noon on Monday 12 May.

Work can be delivered in person on Saturday 10 May, 10am – 4pm.

Work received after the deadline will not be included in the exhibition.

Collection of work

All selected work must be available for display until Thursday 19 June 2014.

Unsold work must be collected at the following time:
Saturday 21 June, 10am - 4pm

If you wish your work to be collected by a courier please arrange for collection at the times listed above and inform the Gallery.

If you wish your work to be returned by post please ensure that you have included the postage for this (stamps, not cash).

Any work not collected by 4pm on Saturday 21 June 2014 will be disposed of.

Permissions

Morley Gallery reserves the right to use images of selected work for any publicity or marketing material.

Online entry form
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HELP

Online Entry - Uploading images

Please note that image files should be a maximum of 0.5MB (500kb) and supplied in either JPEG, TIFF or PNG format. To upload image files, simply follow the instructions on this Online Entry form
• Click the 'browse' button, locate the image file on your computer and attach the image file by clicking on the 'open' button. Please be patient while your images upload.
• Fill in the details (where applicable) and click the ‘upload images’ button at the bottom of the form. Check your upload counter at the top of the List of Works section to ensure your image has uploaded.
• Once you have finished uploading your image, click the ‘review’ button to progress.
If you have any problems uploading your images or completing the online entry form please contact Parker Harris on 01372 462190 or email

Tell us about the piece(s) that inspired you

On the Online Entry Form we ask you to tell us about the piece(s) you chose and how it inspired you.  Please tell us about your working methods and include any significant information that relates to your entry, for example:
  • Your choice of materials
  • The size you worked in
  • How has your course/class helped you complete your entry?
  • What materials have you used?
  • Why did you choose the colour, shape
  • Did you make preparatory drawings?

FAQs

Is there a theme for the exhibition?

Yes. The entry must have been inspired by the V&A or Museum of Childhood’s collections, exhibitions or displays. Students may visit the V&A or Museum of Childhood in person or refer to its websites or catalogues. Inspiration may come from several sources, including objects from different eras, countries or artistic disciplines, but this should be traceable. Students should create original designs and not make copies of museum pieces.

What is the Museum Number for the piece that inspired my work?

This number can be found on the label by each work at the Museums or on the V&A website and Museum of Childhood website.

Can I submit more than one image of my piece?

Yes.  Entrants may enter up to three images of their piece, BUT they can only enter one piece.

I am from overseas.  Am I eligible to enter?

Yes. All students in the UK studying arts and crafts part-time are eligible.

I cannot apply online – is there another way of entering?

Yes. Please contact Parker Harris on 01372 462190 or email

I would like to submit a video artwork, what do I need to do?

Video and moving images are acceptable.  Please upload 3 stills images from your work and a link to the URL where your work can be viewed.  Videos and moving images can be uploaded onto sites such as vimeo and You Tube.

I do not have a student number, what shall I put on the Entry Form?

If you do not have a student number please leave this blank.

I am having problems completing the entry form or uploading my images.

If you have any problems uploading your images or completing the online entry form please contact Parker Harris on 01372 462190 or email
Online entry form
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More ABOUT

Inspired by...

Inspired by… is an art competition for people in part-time adult education, and is supported by NIACE, the National Institute of Continuing Education. Previously run by the V&A, it has been entrusted to Morley Gallery for the first time for 2014.

Participants create a work of art or craft inspired by the collections of either V&A South Kensington or the V&A Museum of Childhood.
Entries will be judged by a panel of curators/educators and a professional designer and approximately 50 works will be selected for display at Morley Gallery from 20 May – 19 June 2014, to coincide with Adult Learners’ Week 2014.
A number of prizes will be awarded to selected exhibitors at the exhibition Private View on Monday 19 May 2014.

V&A and Museum of Childhood

The V&A is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
The V&A collections consist of 226,747 museum objects and works of art which are suitable for long-term gallery display. In addition to the Display Collections there are 2,014,971 books, drawings, prints, photographs and archives which are available to see in the Museum’s Study Rooms or by appointment.

The V&A Museum of Childhood houses the UK’s national collection of childhood objects, ranging in date from the 1600s to the present day. As well as toys, dolls, dolls’ houses, games and puzzles, the Museum also has a wealth of objects relating to many other aspects of childhood, including home and childcare, play and learning, clothing, representations of childhood, archival collections and ephemera.

In the Museum, rare hand-crafted objects such as the earliest surviving English rocking horse (from around 1605) sit alongside well-loved toys from the 20th century. Together, these objects allow us an insight into how different children might have lived, thought and felt, through the objects they were surrounded by throughout their childhood.

NIACE & Adult Learners’ Week

The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE)  aims to encourage all adults to engage in learning of all kinds.

Adult Learners’ Week is a national celebration of the benefits of lifelong learning organised by NIACE. It is the perfect opportunity to explore the many types of learning available to adults from all walks of life. Through thousands of events and awards ceremonies, Adult Learners’ Week:
• Recognises the achievements of outstanding individuals and innovative learning projects
• Encourages participation in different kinds of learning
• Offers organisations the chance to showcase the learning opportunities that they provide
• Shapes the debate about adult learning

Morley College & Gallery

Morley College is one of London’s largest and most successful centres for adult learning. It has been providing high-quality education for over 120 years and has a rich history dating back to the 1880s when visionary Emma Cons decided to lift the moral standards around Waterloo through the provision of ‘penny lectures’. As their popularity increased so did demand for more concentrated learning opportunities, and from this the College evolved. During its lifetime the College has been associated with some of the foremost figures of the creative and artistic world, including Gustav Holst, Sir Michael Tippett, Virginia Woolf and David Hockney.

Today, Morley offers over 2,500 courses covering a broad range of interests, from art & design, fashion, dance, drama, music and humanities to languages, health, English & maths, business & enterprise and access to higher education.

Morley is committed to celebrating the achievements of its adult learners through a lively programme of concerts, lectures, performances and exhibitions, and has several spaces dedicated to this purpose, including Morley Gallery.

Morley Gallery was established in 1968 and is a professional exhibition space open to the public. It runs a busy programme of exhibitions throughout the year showcasing a range of art forms, and is also home to the national Rootstein Hopkins Drawing Exhibition.
 

useful LINKS

www.morleycollege.ac.uk/morley_gallery
www.vam.ac.uk
www.museumofchildhood.org.uk
www.niace.org.uk
www.alw.org.uk

Online entry form
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Competition enquires to:
Parker Harris
Telephone:  01372462190
Email: info@parkerharris.co.uk

Press enquiries to:
Jessa Harris, marketing and communications officer
Morley College
61 Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7HT
Telephone: 020 7450 1847
Email: jessa.harris@morleycollege.ac.uk
Online entry form
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