UpStArt: Sixth Form Student Art Competition

by Cass Art

Breaking into the art world can be a daunting prospect for young artists. A lot of it is about luck, talent, being in the right place at the right time – and of course, putting in the hard work.

After all, it was Thomas Edison who said that “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

But why not lessen the hard work, with a helping hand from UpStArt?

A new art competition launched this year, UpStArt was based on an idea by the schoolgirls (and sisters) Natasha and Isabella Tagliaferri, to support emerging artistic talent and give students a chance to promote their work.

Enter now to have your work showcased online and judged by a panel of experts. If you are crowned a winner, your work will be featured in a London exhibition alongside the other finalists in November/December, giving you a taste of how it feels to be an exhibiting artist, and providing your creative career with a kick start.

30 finalists will be chosen by the judges to exhibit, and up to another 3 chosen by the public in a separate vote.

If this wasn’t enough, students will also have the chance to win more than £1,000 in cash, £500 in Cass Art vouchers and a work experience placement at UK Greetings. Winning Schools will receive masterclasses with graffiti artist Nick Walker, Beano artist Kev F and graphic novelist Sarah Lightman. Cass Art has also promised Artist Educator discount cards to all participating schools, so teachers can receive 10% off our already discounted art materials.

The brief is open-ended: the only thing the judges will be looking for is that spark of innovation – the originality of expression that could catapult young artists onto the pathway of success. You can show work in any medium except video, and use any art materials you like - acrylic paint, oil paint, watercolour, pen, pencil or charcoal drawing, as well as photography, pottery, sculptures and mixed media  - your own ideas are the only limit. 

The judging panel includes Philip Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts HD, John Hay, the Commissioning Editor for Arts at Channel 4, established artists Nick and Rob Carter and representatives from all the major London art colleges.

UpStArt is now open for entries and it is free to enter. To qualify, you have to be a Year 13/Upper Sixth student (who has either just left Year 13, or is going into Year 13 in September) at a Greater London school and since there’s no theme, no extra work is required - you can submit work from your existing portfolio.

To enter, simply upload your artwork directly onto the UpStArt website. Entries close on 31st August 2014.

There will be three rounds of reviews and up to 33 finalists featured in an exhibition in the Strand later this year. The work will then be auction and the proceeds split between the winning artists and the Anne Frank Trust, the charity that funds UpStArt and promotes respect for others. UpStArt is also sponsored by Cass Art, Opera Gallery, and Landview Properties. 

So what are you waiting for? Get recognition for your artistic talent or encourage any creative Year 13/Upper Sixth students to get involved - there's nothing to lose. 


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