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Artz Blitz FAQ

post-competition

 *Updated for Covid-19 venue closures*

Q. I participated in Artz Blitz 2020, when can I collect my artwork? 

The City of Kingston has temporarily closed all of Kingston Arts’ venues. We will contact all participants once artworks are available for collection. We thank you for your understanding during these very difficult times. We look forward to welcoming you back to Kingston Arts Centre and its spaces soon.

Please note: creative writing pieces are not available for collection unless requested.

Q. How do I vote in the online Viewer's Choice Award?

View the visual arts entries, then cast your vote. If you previously voted in-person at the venue, your vote will be counted in addition to the online votes. You cannot vote a second time. Voting closes on 6 May. The winner will be announced on 7 May.

Q. I won a prize this year, how will I collect my certificate, prize money or subscription?

You will be contacted via email to confirm your details and receive your digital certificate. You will then receive the prize money as a direct deposit into your bank account from Kingston Council within 21 days. If you have not yet received an email confirming your details, please contact (03) 9556 4462 or visualarts@kingston.vic.gov.au to speak to the Visual Arts Coordinator

Pre-competition

Q. When will registration packs be sent out?

Wednesday 11 - Friday 13 March via email. You may also collect yours directly from the Kingston Arts Centre Office. You can download the 2D/3D Registration Pack (5MB) or the Creative Writing Registration Pack (757KB) 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 13 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 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! For Adult entrants, we are asking for a piece between 300-500 words. For Youth (13-17) and Junior (12 and under) entrants, we ask for a piece between 100-300 words. All creative writing pieces should be submitted digitally. 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 15 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

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.