Image courtesy of Shuttermain Photography.
Artz Blitz is back!
This year's theme is... 'Monsters and Beasts'
Kingston Arts' community favourite visual arts and creative writing competition returns this March with over $4,000 worth of prizes to be won. Artists and writers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to get involved.
The competition begins when the secret theme is announced on Friday 15 March from which artists and writers will have 24 hours to create an artwork (2D or 3D) or piece of creative writing and deliver it to Kingston Arts Centre for exhibition.
All works will be exhibited across G1 + G2 and prize winners announced at the free opening event.
2D (18+) 1st Prize - $1,000 - sponsored by Melbourne Artists' Supplies
Winner: Georgia Neel-Hewett
2D (18+) 2nd Prize - $300 - sponsored by City of Kingston
Winner: Bill Potiris
3D (18+) 1st Prize - $1,000 - sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett
Winner: Trisha D'Lima
3D (18+) 2nd Prize - $300 - sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett
Winner: Stella Chivers
Visual Arts Youth Prize (13 – 17 ) - $100 sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett
Winner: Shanaya Perera
Visual Artists Junior Prize (Under 13) - $100 Melbourne Artists' Supplies voucher
Winner: Sylvia Walker
Highly commended (18+) - $100 sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett
Winner: Kirrah Thompson
Highly commended (Under 18) - $100 voucher - sponsored by Melbourne Artists' Supplies
Winner: Lily Walker
Highly commended (Under 13) - $100 voucher for Sunnyside Art House
Winner: Leo Wood
Creative Writing (18+) 1st - $1,000 and a subscription to The Lifted Brow, sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett
Winner: Christy Collins
Creative Writing (18+) 2nd Prize - $300 - sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett and subscription to The Lifted Brow
Winner: Anita Weller
Creative Writing Youth Prize (13-17) – $100 sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett
Winner: Bianca Stamp
Creative Writing Junior Prize (Under 13) - $100 voucher - sponsored by Benn's Books
Winner: Eva De Boer
Highly commended (18+) – $100 sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett & The Lifted Brow prize pack
Winner: Charles D'Anastasi
Highly commended (Under 18) - $100 voucher - sponsored by Benn's Books
Winner: Oscar Atkins
Visual Arts - Voter's Choice Award
$100 - sponsored by Bendigo Bank Highett and annual subscription to Art Guide Australia
Winner: To be announced!
VISUAL ARTS JUDGING PANEL
Maddy Anderson utilises installation, sculpture performance, text and video in her visual arts practice. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), MADA, Monash University Caulfield (2016) and is currently completing her Master of Fine Art, Monash University. Maddy has recently held solo exhibitions at; Gaffa, Sydney (2018), The Dirty Dozen, Campbell Arcade (2017), SEVENTH Gallery, Fitzroy, Vic (2016).
Pam Crossley is a ceramicist and teacher working in the City of Kingston. Pam has exhibited her ceramic works widely across Australia; she is currently a member of the Clarinda Clayworkers and has recently taught ceramics at a number of private studios and Holmesglen TAFE. Pam holds a Master of Visual Art, ANU, 2013 and a Bachelor of Education (Art), NSW Institute of the Arts, 1989.
Christina Darras is an artist working across drawing, painting, sculpture and jewellery. Born in Athens, Greece, Christina re-located to Melbourne in recent years and currently holds a studio at Kingston Arts. She has exhibited in London, Paris, Athens and Melbourne. Recent solo exhibitions include; The Gallery Shop, Fougaro, Nafplion, Greece (2018), G3 Artspace, Parkdale, Australia (2018), Boom Gallery, Geelong, Australia (2018).
CREATIVE WRITING JUDGE
Bridget Caldwell is a Jingli Mudburra writer, editor, artist, student and activist who has spent her most recent years in Alice Springs and the Barkly Region while completing studies, and is now based in Naarm/Melbourne, working out at Victoria University. She is the Managing Editor of Blak Brow, a First Nations issue of literary journal The Lifted Brow.
Q. When will registration packs be sent out?
Tuesday 12 - Friday 15 March via email. You may also collect yours directly from the Kingston Arts Centre Office. You can download the 2D/3D Registration Pack or the Creative Writing Registration Pack as a PDF file online.
Q. How will I find out what the secret theme is?
Each registered participant will be emailed the secret theme at 5pm on Friday 15 March, but it will also be revealed here on our website and Facebook and Instagram pages - so make sure you've liked and followed @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 .doc or .pdf for display purposes. 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. However, we only accept soft copy entries, so please ensure you scan or take a clear photograph of the work for digital submission.
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 17 March prior to the award presentation at 4pm. The Panel is made up of industry professionals, including artists and arts workers. 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.