The BSPCA has instituted a unique Art Award, through sponsorship of the concept, featuring a painting competition for amateur artists only in two categories.
The Art Awards will currently be for a period of three years - 2009 / 2010 / 2011.
- Senior Citizens - age 55 years and above - The AWARD is Rs
10,000 / year
- Youngsters / Adults up to age 25 years - The AWARD is Rs 7,500
The objective of the competition is the production of an art creation which must be visually appealing and demonstrative of the artist's abilities. The subject has to be the main focus of the painting - without any restriction on the scenario.
The Art Award is limited to the following species: dog, cat, rabbit, horse, hamster, guinea pig, mouse, rat, canary, birds and freshwater aquarium fish. Certain other types of animals, such as those commonly kept as farm animals, are also eligible for this Competition. Images that include any animal species other than those listed above will be removed from the Contest. The painting should draw the attention of the viewer to its focal point.
The work will be judged on how well it visually communicates the message. The Judges will evaluate the visual appeal, technical execution, and presentation of each entry to determine the award based on the entry's strengths and weaknesses.
Aesthetic skills and Imaginative concepts: Starting idea; Elaboration of chosen idea.
Artistic skills: Creativity; Technical and Compositional skills; Stylistic and poetic motivation; Expressiveness.
STRUCTURE OF THE COMPETITION
- The deadline for submission will be 01 November 2008 for the
Year 2009. Subsequent years will have the same deadline. The Award
will be announced by 01 December and an appropriate function will
be held at the BSPCA
premises to felicitate the winner.
- The award winning work will be chosen by a jury of five people:
the Secretary of the BSPCA, a professional well known Indian artist,
Chairperson of the Fund Raising Committee, 's
representative and a well known animal lover / Mumbaiker.
- The Secretary of the BSPCA will be the Coordinator for the Award
- There will be no bias towards sex or religion of the amateur artist
- any Indian
national within the specified age limits can submit an entry.
- It must be an original work of art painted in the last one calendar
never exhibited before.
- If selected, the award winning painting will become the property
- The medium can be acrylics, water colour, or oil paints or mixed
- Minimum size will be 16"x20" and maximum size will be
- It must be painted only on canvas or certified acid free paper.
- The artist will submit a colour A3 size Xerox to The Secretary
BSPCA and on the reverse side will be attached / printed the full
details of the work - size, title, media used, when painted. Only
when asked will the artist submit the original painting for evaluation.
- The artist must attach full details about him/herself: name /
address / email /
telephone / mobile / and some details of his/her artistic interests / personal
- The BSPCA is not held responsible for any loss or damage at any
time - the
work having been given by the artist at his / her responsibility to the BSPCA.
- The decision of the judges is final and there is no recourse for
- The BSPCA reserves the right to terminate / revise this award
scheme at any
- The artist thereby gives permission to BSPCA to reproduce the
painting for merchandising through greeting cards / posters / postcards
etc. The artist will get a commission of 25% of all sale proceeds
featuring the selected award winning work. It will be payable by
the BSPCA to the artist who has the right to see the accounts on
sale of merchandise.
- All works not chosen must be collected back by the respective
artist. It is not
the responsibility of the BSPCA to return any work.
- The artist may be asked to show proof of age as well as artistic
abilities if the
judges question the integrity of the work.
- If found to be the work of a professional artist, the work will
be removed from the evaluation process and the artist will not be
permitted to submit any entries even in the future.
These awards are sponsored in memory of Usha S Mehta who loved animals and whose own oil painting of her dogs Charlie and Tipki is shown above.