2019 Call for Artists
Figureworks is calling artists in all media to submit to the 10th annual juried Figureworks Prize and award show. The submission deadline is September 30, 2019. Figureworks is an annual juried art prize and celebration of the art of the human form held in Canada’s capital, Ottawa. We believe in being inclusive and accept figurative works in all media from Canada and internationally. The show is open to all living artists working in all mediums who wish to submit recent works that represent the human form or parts thereof.
Although based in Canada we accept artworks from anywhere in the world. Please see the section on International Submissions to understand your shipping obligations.
Figureworks is more than an annual prize; it is a community of artists passionate about the human figure. Each year we come together to celebrate the figure through the Figureworks Prize. Artists will have their work reviewed by our professional jury and the opportunity to win cash prizes — $7000 was awarded last year. Those in the show will have their work displayed in Ottawa, Canada’s capital and published on the Figureworks website. Artists may also sell their works at the show should they choose. Note that Figureworks takes no commission on sales – sales go directly to the artists.Submit Online
Eligibility of the Artwork
- Works should represent the human form or parts thereof. All media and styles are accepted, this includes but is not limited to paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and video. The jury will be looking for the best combination of skill, concept and originality.
- Works must be complete, stable and dry to the touch. Wet, sticky and unstable works will not be accepted.
- Accepted artworks must be as represented in the images submitted. Works that have been modified will be refused. Images that have been enhanced and are not an accurate reflection of the work submitted may result in the artwork being refused.
- Works must be made independently, without guidance. Artworks made during a workshop or class are not eligible.
- Works can be no older than three years and not have been entered in a previous Figureworks show.
Making Your Submission
Electronic submission and online payment via CaFÉ (Call for Entry) are primary means of submission for Figureworks. CaFÉ is a program of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) a regional nonprofit arts service organization dedicated to strengthening the financial, organizational, and policy infrastructure of the arts.
Image submissions must include a high quality image 1-5 MB in size that is a minimum of 1280 pixels wide. Tip: poor quality photos do not generally get good grades from the jury, it is worth taking your time to do it properly or having your artwork professionally photographed.
Should electronic submission not be possible, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request an alternative.
By submitting to Figureworks you agree to our Submission Guidelines.
|Submission Deadline||September 30th, 2019|
|Artwork Drop-off||November 18th, 2019|
|See full list of dates.|
- Submissions arriving after the deadline or without payment will not be accepted, no exceptions.
- Accepted artworks dropped off or delivered late to the venue for hanging run the risk of being eliminated from the final jury review.
- No substitutions, please ensure that your entries will be available during the dates of the exhibition.
Artists are limited to two submissions. The entry fee is as follows:
|1 Artwork||2 Artworks|
|$35 (USD)||$50 (USD)|
|Student: $20 (USD)*||Student: $30 (USD)*|
*Students: use the following coupon codes:
For your entry fee: FWSENTRY
For an additional image (2nd artwork): FWSADD
- Students must have valid Student ID.
- The submission fee is non-refundable, regardless of the jury's decision.
- Should you need to retract your artwork(s) the submission fee will not be refunded.
- Funds are used to pay the jury, gallery rental and advertising with the remainder divided among the prize winners.
The Figureworks competition is evaluated by a jury of peer professional artists representing a broad range of media and forms of art.
Our Jury will perform two levels of evaluation;
Electronic Round 1: The jury will conduct two initial rounds of reviews electronically. The end result will be a shortlisted selection of works that will move onto Round 2 and be presented in the Figureworks exhibition. Artists will be notified of the jury decision by email.
Round 2: The Jury will convene together to view and rank all the artworks in person for the Figureworks prizes.
The following are the size restrictions for Figureworks:
|Framed Artwork||Maximum Height: 60 in (note: we can accommodate a few extra inches of height, any questions please ask)
Maximum Width: 54 in
Maximum Square Inches: 2400 square inches
Maximum Weight: 40lbs
|Sculpture||Maximum Height: 60 in
Maximum Width: 48 in
Maximum Depth: 48 in
Maximum Weight: 80lbs
Ready to Hang
Artworks must to be ready to hang in a professional manner.
If framed, the frame is clean, undamaged and suitable to the artwork and has d-rings and a wire for hanging on the reverse. It is preferably archival, and if it is a work on paper, it is protected by glass or plexiglass. (International submissions may want to use conservation-grade plexiglass to avoid possible damage.) All paper or embroidery works will be framed.
Works that don't require a frame, such as gallery wrapped paintings, will come with d-rings and a wire on the back. Other media that is unsuitable to framing, such as wall hangings, will come ready to hang in a manner that does not require extra hardware and can be hung with a hammer and nails, which is what the Figureworks hanging team have available.
Should your work require an installation that does not including hanging on the wall or sitting on a plinth, you are expected to provide the necessary materials and be available to install the piece.
Figureworks will not pin works to the wall. We do not accept rolled up paper works, embroidery or photos unless they are properly framed.
Artworks that do not comply with our hanging standards will be refused and the submission fee will not be returned.
Figureworks will take all due care with all artworks received, but will not be responsible for any loss or damage to artworks whatsoever, however caused, while in its custody. Each entrant is responsible for maintaining his/her own insurance coverage.
Works may but do not have to be for sale. Neither Figureworks nor Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts charge a commission. Figureworks will reserve works for interested buyers but all sales are to be conducted directly between artist and buyer.
International and domestic shipments to be sent to:
Care of: Swift Delivery Systems
80 Colonnade Road North Unit 8
They must arrive no later than November 15th, 2019.
Please indicated that a signature up receipt is required, this will ensure that the package either delivered at the door or picked up at the depot and avoid any packages being left unattended at the delivery address.
Proforma Invoice. The shipment must include a proforma invoice stating the name, address, phone and email of both the sender and receiver, the title of the artwork, the year it was produced, the materials used, the size of the artwork, the gross and net weight of the package. The artist should state in which country the materials were bought and the work was produced.
Custom Payments. To avoid custom payments the artist needs to contact the customs agency in the country of origin and send the necessary customs forms with their shipment. This may include a temporary export permit and an art declaration.
Return Shipment. Artists must pay for the return shipment and include the necessary documents to do so. Most convenient is to open an account with Fedex and include the return shipment documents with your Fedex account number and return address.
Labels should state that the artwork will be returned to the artist after the show and that the work is not for sale.
If Figureworks is required to pay any duties when receiving or shipping works we will inform the artists and send an invoice accordingly. It is up to the artists to seek a resolution with customs and the shipping agent.
Return labels for artwork from the US or other countries are only accepted by FedEx if FedEx Express is used, not FedEx Ground.
Failure to arrange for return shipping within 30 days of last day of the Figureworks exhibition may result in the artist receiving a monthly bill for artwork storage.
|September 30th, 2019||Submission Deadline|
|October 18th, 2019||Public announcement of list of finalists selected for exhibition. Note: artists may be notified privately in advance of this date.|
|November 15th, 2019 end of business day||Deadline for national and international shipments|
|November 18th, 2019||Delivery of accepted works to the Kildare Room at Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please be on time. The show will be set up between 1:00 and 6:00 p.m.|
|November 20st, 2019||Vernissage from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., prize winners announced at 7.30 pm.|
|November 30th, 2019||Pick-up artworks at Saint Brigid's Center for the Arts from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.|
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