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.
2-Dimensional 1st Prize - $1,000 - generously sponsored by Melbourne Artist Supplies
2-Dimensional 2nd Prize - $300 - generously sponsored by Artward Bound
3-Dimensional 1st Prize - $1,000 - generously sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett
3-Dimensional 2nd Prize - $300 - generously sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett
Visual Arts Youth Prize (13-17) (2D or 3D) - $100 sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett
Visual Artists Junior Prize (Under 13) (2D or 3D) - $100 Melbourne Artist Supplies voucher
Highly commended (18+) - $100 sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett
Highly commended (Under 18) - $100 voucher - generously sponsored by Melbourne Artist Supplies
Highly commended (Under 13) - $100 voucher for Sunnyside Art House
1st Prize - $1,000 - generously sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett and subscription to The Lifted Brow - generously sponsored
2nd Prize- $300 - generously sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett and subscription to The Lifted Brow - generously sponsored
Creative Writing Youth Prize (13-17) – $100 sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett
Creative Writing Junior Prize (Under 13) - $100 voucher - generously sponsored by Benn's Books
Highly commended (18+) – $100 sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett
Highly commended (Under 18) - $100 voucher - generously sponsored by Benn's Books
$100 - generously sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett and annual subscription to Art Guide Australia
visual arts judging panel
To be announced!
creative writing judge
To be announced!
Q. When will registration packs be sent out?
Tuesday 20 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. 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.