The Dorset Art Prize, created by The Bournemouth & Poole College, was designed to encourage and help to create a broader, more inclusive vision for the arts locally and to actively engage with the community.

This year’s Art Prize is looking to be bigger than ever and is now open to entrants to submit their pieces of work.

Last year’s Art Prize saw an outstanding selection of exciting and diverse pieces, with a variety of traditional art practise and digital art. An exciting part of widening the participation of the competition was the announcement of 2 new prizes, the Schools Art Prize and the Community Art Prize. A large proportion of local schools & community groups got involved. The additional prizes of £500 each are given to the school that gives a significant contribution of submissions to the competition and the community group who demonstrate outstanding art as part of a group or individual project.

The theme for this year’s Dorset Arts Prize is “open”. This will continue to allow the artists the freedom to produce work in whichever style of format they feel most confident in. The tone, mood and subject matter are entirely the choice of the artist. Artists can submit work in any media that is new or recently produced. Students can enter final pieces of course work from Degree, HND, A Level, Level 3, 2 and 1 Diploma and GCSE.

The esteemed judges are on board again for 2017 and include International Artist and former student Stuart Semple, International Photographer Tony Worobiec and Michael Spender, Museum and Arts Manager Borough of Poole.

Ellie Douglas, Photography Lecturer and Art Prize co-ordinator at the college, said, ‘It was exciting to see how many different schools and community groups engaged with the prize last year , the standard of the work each year becomes higher and the art works more diverse , We look forward to seeing this year’s entries.’

To enter the competition or for more information click here