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Society of Wildlife Artists
The Natural Eye 2018
The Society of Wildlife Artists seeks submissions of works that depict wildlife subjects and evoke the spirit of the natural world.


Key Dates


Important Dates

Submission opens: Monday 30 April, 12 noon

Submission closes: Friday 27 July, 12 noon

Pre-selection notification: Friday 3 August, 12 noon [Log in to see if your work has been pre-selected]

Receiving Day (if pre-selected only): Saturday 1 September, 10am - 5pm

Acceptance notification: Tuesday 4 September, 12 noon

Collection of unaccepted work: Thursday 6 September, 10am - 5pm

Exhibition open: Thursday 25 October, 10am - 5pm

Exhibition closes: Sunday 4 November, 1pm

Collection of unsold work: Thursday 8 November, 10am - 5pm


Entry Pricing


Standard Prices
Maximum Artwork Entries: 6
First or Single Entry Price: £18
Additional Entries: £18 per artwork up to 6 artworks.

Concession Price for Artists Under 36
Maximum Artwork Entries: 6
First or Single Entry Price: £12
Additional Entries: £12 per artwork up to 6 artworks.

Promotional Concession Prices.
Maximum Artwork Entries: 6
Free Entry


Entry Information, Terms and Conditions


Guidance from the Selection Committee

Introduction

The Selection Committee of the SWLA seeks to encourage all forms of three and two-dimensional artwork (see 'Acceptable media' below) that is based on representing the world’s wildlife. The Committee is particularly keen to encourage all artists with fresh visions to submit work to the Annual Exhibition that shows imagination, artistic ability, originality and genuine creativity.

The Committee is seeking work that evokes the spirit of the natural world and which reveals a personal experience or true understanding of the subject. If you have not already done so, visiting the annual show will give you a clearer idea of the criteria the Selection Committee is seeking. 

Subject matter and approach

Works depicting domestic animals or purely botanical subjects are not permissible. Wildlife includes any non-domestic animal such as birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, crustaceans and insects.

Works depicting wildlife divorced from its environment or without place, setting or context are rejected in many cases. Biological or scientific illustrations are in most cases not permissible.

We receive many submissions that are obviously direct copies from photographs. Whilst some of our artists use photographs for reference, the majority of member artists create their work in response to their own experience of wildlife and spend many hours observing and sketching in the field. This knowledge of the subject is evident in the resulting work. Artists thinking of submitting should consider choosing a subject to which they can have access.

Presentation of works

It is very difficult to assess work from poor photographs. When submitting work for pre-selection, please ensure that the photographs are accurate and show the work at its best. It is worth noting that sometimes work is let down by very poor photography including reflections on the glass, out of focus images or images that are angled from being propped against a wall when photographed. The lack of care reflects badly on the artist and does not help the task of selecting work. Sculptors, in particular, should use plain backgrounds and make the most of the option to add more views of the submission.

Artists are encouraged to choose simple plain frames and mounts that will suit the exhibition and not detract from the work itself or interfere with adjacent works when exhibited in the galleries.

Summary

In summary, the SWLA Selection Committee is looking for:

  • two and three-dimensional artwork inspired by the natural world
  • work that displays a deep knowledge and understanding of the subject matter, based on ‘in the field’ observation
  • work that reflects a personal, original, and creative response
  • work that displays a high level of technical skill
  • work that showcases interesting approaches and emerging new talent

Conditions

Eligibility

  • Any artist over 18 may submit.
  •  Work should be based on representing the world’s wildlife.
  • Acceptable media: Work may be in any medium including painting, sculpture and original prints (if prints, please detail edition and how many are available). The SWLA is keen to embrace new and innovative mediums and will accept computer-generated images as ‘original prints’. However, a digital print is only considered an original print if it was created by the artist to be realised specifically as a print. Reproductions of paintings or photographs will not be accepted. Photographic reproductions or mechanical prints, giclée prints, etc., that are often promoted as ‘limited edition prints’ are not acceptable.
  • Submission fee: £18 per work (or £12 per work for artists aged 35 or under), which includes Free Admission to the exhibition (normally £4).
  • All work must be for sale. The price of works must include commission of 45%+VAT (with the exception of works for which foundry fees are applicable, where the commission is 33.3%+VAT).
  • Minimum price: £200 (except for prints: framed £120, unframed £95).
  • Maximum of six works submitted, maximum of six works selected.
  • Works should not be larger than 2.4m along the longest dimension.
  • Work must have been completed within the last three years.
  • Work exhibited previously in London is not admissible.
  • Work will not be accepted if it is of botanical subjects, pets and domestic animals, decorative wares (such as vessels or tiles), work in metal frames, poorly framed or badly presented. 

Delivery & Collection

  • Packaging from delivered works cannot be retained and must be taken away at the point of delivery.
  • We are unable to wrap works or provide wrapping materials for any works being returned.
  • Paintings should be completely dry at the time of delivery.
  • Any work uncollected on the specified collection date/s will be stored at a separate location and the artist will be charged a storage fee.

Selection

  • The Selection Committee is formed of artist members of the Society
  • Please note that the selectors' decisions are final and we are unable to offer feedback.

International Entrants

  • Artists who are not resident in the UK but are resident in the EU or elsewhere are welcome to submit work. If your work is sold at the exhibition you have a responsibility to register and account for UK VAT with H.M. Revenue & Customs. Artists without a UK residence (known as 'NETPs' - non-established taxable persons) can find further details on 'NETP' status and how to register for VAT at www.hmrc.gov.uk, (HM Revenue & Customs Reference: Notice 700/1, Mar 2014) under the heading 'Should I be registered for VAT?' Please note: the registration process can take up to 4 weeks. Please address any questions you may have to the VAT Helpline on tel. no. 0300 200 3700 or Outside UK: +44 2920 501 261.
  • Artists sending work from abroad should use a picture carrier. Many artists use Picture Post as they offer a packing and delivery service for our exhibitions (we do not accept any liability for their services). Picture Post - Tel: 0044 (0)1302 711011 / Mobile: 07833 450788 /  Email: info@picturepostcompany.co.uk

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