The competition will begin when a secret theme is announced on Friday 23 March 2018 at 5pm from which participants will have 24 hours to create an artwork (2D, 3D or creative writing) and deliver it to Kingston Arts in Moorabbin for the exhibition.
prizes prizes prizes prizes
2D (18+) 1st Prize - $1,000 - sponsored by Melbourne Artist Supplies
2D (18+) 2nd Prize - $300 - sponsored by Artward Bound
3D (18+) 1st Prize - $1,000 - sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett
3-D (18+) 2nd Prize - $300 - sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett
Visual Arts Youth Prize (13 – 17 ) - $100 sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett
Visual Artists Junior Prize (Under 13) - $100 Melbourne Artist Supplies voucher
Highly commended (18+) - $100 sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett
Highly commended (Under 18) - $100 voucher - sponsored by Melbourne Artist Supplies
Highly commended (Under 13) - $100 voucher for Sunnyside Art House
Creative Writing (18+) 1st - $1,000 and a subscription to The Lifted Brow, sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett
Creative Writing (18+) 2nd Prize - $300 - sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett and subscription to The Lifted Brow
Creative Writing Youth Prize (13-17) – $100 sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett
Creative Writing Junior Prize (Under 13) - $100 voucher - sponsored by Benn's Books
Highly commended (18+) – $100 sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett & The Lifted Brow prize pack
Highly commended (Under 18) - $100 voucher - sponsored by Benn's Books
$100 - sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett and annual subscription to Art Guide Australia
visual arts judging panel
Lorraine Heller-Nicholas is a Melbourne based artist working across drawing, painting, animation, print and digital media. Her practice has often incorporated binaries such as innocence/experience, anger/contentment, violence/peace, and love/hate. Her work aims to de-familiarise our acceptance of these often extreme states on an affective level, which is achieved by incorporating a nostalgic, often kitsch, approach. This approach places the work itself in a contradictory realm that is both informed on a very material level by the past and the present, but at the same time transcends both.
Heller-Nicholas has been exhibiting in Australia and internationally since 2001. She was a founding member of dotmov screen collective and Tape Projects (2004-2008). More recent exhibitions include Between You and Them: the Identity of Self, Object and Place, ACAF, Shanghai (2016), Merged, Amelia Gallery, Gulf Coast State College, Florida (2016), Love Triangle, Little Woods Gallery (2015) and CoupleStalking, c3 Contemporary Artspace (2015). Heller-Nicholas has completed artist residencies in Ólafsfjörður, Iceland (2015), Shanghai, China (2014), Taipei, Taiwan (2007) and Eltham, Australia (2013) and is a current studio resident at Shakespeare Grove Artist Studios, St Kilda.
Justin Evans is an artist and proud Birri Gubba man originally from Mackay, Queensland. He has lived in Victoria for the past 15 years and nowadays calls Parkdale home. Through painting Evans explores his deep-rooted connection to the stories of saltwater and the reef and the vivid life the dreaming of his homeland in Queensland – a place dear to his heart. Evans recently had a solo exhibition, Reef Dreaming at G3 Artspace, Parkdale and continues to make a valued contribution to creative life in Kingston.
Robert Scholten is an artist, illustrator, muralist, designer and compulsive doodler. His artistic style mixes vibrant colours, rich textures and a range of imagery. Scholten's work is informed by his experience as an Australian artist with Filipino and Dutch parents, as well as the places he’s been and people he’s met.
Scholten has undertaken a number of public art projects including, St Kilda Festival illustration (2018), River of Voices Mural Art Installation, Warranwood Primary School (2017) and Swinburne University Mural (2016). Recent exhibitions include The Artists' Process, Kingston Art Centre (2016) and Latest Work, Gallery Number 9 (2014).
Adrian Spurr is an award winning sculptor and a master printmaker. He works from his sculpture studio (#16) at the Shakespeare Grove Artist Studios, St. Kilda. As a printmaker he works at the Sunshine Print Artspace (SPA), where he is a co-founder and co-director. SPA is closely allied with the Fundere Foundry. He spends considerable time in the north-west of Victoria, in the Wimmera, and frequently works as a sculptor in rural Italy.
As a sculptor his practice embraces both carving, assemblage and bronze casting. In his assemblage work he frequently employs a variety of found objects and materials.
As a printmaker he specialises in screen printing, intaglio and all methods of relief printing.
His studio in St Kilda is open to the public on the first Saturday of every month, to coincide with the farmers’ market. Everyone is welcome to visit, to see work in progress and talk about art.
creative writing judge
Dzenana Vucic is a Bosnian-Australian writer, editor and critic based in Melbourne. Her creative work and essays predominantly focus on feminism and sexual politics, however she is currently attempting to condense the Bosnian refugee experience into a humorous yet moving novella. Dzenana copyedits for The Lifted Brow and Brow Books, among others, is Associate Editor for Arts, Culture and Books at In Review and reads poetry for Overland. She has been published in In Review, Film Focus, Dialect, Lip Magazine and Junkee.com.
Q. When will registration packs be sent out?
Tuesday 20 - Friday 23 March via email. You may also collect yours directly from the Kingston Arts Centre Office.
Q. How will I find out what the secret theme is?
Each registered participant will be emailed the secret theme at 5pm on Friday 23 March, but it will also be revealed here on our website and Facebook page - so make sure you've liked @KingstonArtsAU to see it in your newsfeed.
Q. Can I enter photographs or collage in the 2D category?
Yes, definitely! Please ensure your works are ready to hang.
Q. I’ve registered and paid my entry fee for the 2D and 3D category online, does this mean I can enter both a painting and a sculpture?
A. Unfortunately not. We think creating (and delivering) one 2D or 3D work in 24 hours based on the theme is the challenge and we’d like to see you focus your creative energies on one or the other. However, if you’re an arts all-rounder you’re very welcome to enter the creative writing and digital media categories with up to one entry in each provided you submit the required registration fees.
Q. Can I write a non-fiction piece for the creative writing category or does it have to be fiction?
A. You can write in fiction, non-fiction or even a mixture of both! As long as your piece of writing is between 50 and 150 words and formatted on an A4 piece of paper and delivered in softcopy or hardcopy. You may respond with a short-story, poem, lyric – it’s completely up to you!
Q. My child has registered for the Creative Writing Junior Prize (Under 13) - can they hand-write and include illustrations in their entry on an A4 piece of paper?
Yes, certainly. We do accept both hardcopy and softcopy creative writing entries for all ages and this may include pictures if you wish, however please bear in mind the word limit of 50 - 150 words. Once we have received the entry (whether via email or hardcopy) it is put in a frame to be installed on the gallery wall, so it must be formatted for an A4 piece of paper to be accepted.
Q. So what’s the difference between 2D and 3D? What will textile works come under?
A. As part of your registration pack, which will be sent to registered entrants after the entry deadline closes, you will be asked to nominate 2D or 3D for your submission. All 2D works are presented on the wall. All 3D works are presented on plinths. Please familiarise yourself with the Terms and Conditions, which outlines the specific dimensions for eligible 3D works. If you intend for your work to be displayed on the wall, i.e. weaving or cross-stitch, please nominate the 2D category.
Q. Are there any material restrictions in the 2D or 3D category? Do I have to use traditional art materials?
A. No, you don’t have to use ‘traditional’ art materials as such. Previously, artists have entered Lego sculptures and other creatively interpreted readymade materials in 2D and 3D. As outlined in the Terms and Conditions as long as the material is safe and dry and can be handled by our volunteers and gallery install team, you are welcome to think like the conceptual artists and get creative with your medium.
Kingston Arts reserves the right to refuse any entries that it deems unacceptable and not keeping in the spirit of Artz Blitz. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions or contact Kingston Arts for more information.
Q. How will my work be judged?
A. All visual arts categories will be judged by our Visual Arts Panel on Sunday 24 March prior to the award presentation at 4pm. The Panel is made up of industry professionals, including artists and artsworkers. Due to the smaller nature of the creative writing category, all entries will be judged by one literary industry professional.
The guidelines for judging:
- Adherence to and creative interpretation of the theme
- Stylistic and aesthetic merit
- Technical merit
More information about our judges will be uploaded soon.
Q. I’m interested in becoming an Artz Blitz sponsor, who should I contact?
A. Great! We’re always looking for new sponsors of any size or shape to help grow the competition, including gift vouchers and in-kind services. This year, new sponsorships enabled us to create two new creative writing categories and increase the prize money pool for creative writers.
Please contact the Visual Arts Coordinator for a Sponsorship Pack and to discuss future avenues for involvement.