The WYNG Masters Award welcomes photography submissions from all over the world. An annual, issues-based award headquartered in Hong Kong, this year’s theme is IDENTITY. Images must relate to the theme and be made in or relate to Hong Kong.
The deadline for submission is 15 September 2015 (23:59 Hong Kong time; GMT + 8:00).
From 15 June to 15 September 2015 the WYNG Masters Award invites both international and Hong Kong artists and image-makers to submit photographic-based work. The visual content must be related to Hong Kong and to the chosen theme IDENTITY. Finalists will be selected by a panel of international judges and their works will be exhibited in Hong Kong in Spring 2016. A full-colour catalogue will be published to coincide with the exhibition. The WYNG Masters Award will also host a series of talks, panels, and seminars during the exhibition period. The winner of WYNG Masters Award will receive a cash prize of HKD$250,000. Each of the six additional finalists will receive HKD$15,000.
The WYNG Masters Award international panel of judges is composed of industry leaders in photography, art, publishing, and non-profit. They include Zoher Abdoolcarim, Abby Chen, Louise Clements, Frank Kalero, Leung Po Shan, Mary Ann Camilleri, Theme Judge (to be confirmed).
For details on how to enter please visit Entry Rules.
“Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else“
– Margaret Mead
Certain aspects of one’s individual identity such as race, gender, ancestry, genetic makeup and so on, come naturally at birth. One could, however, consciously choose other aspects such as nicknames, profession, religion, hairstyles, ways of life, gender expression et cetera, to make oneself more unique. Between choice and nature, there are aspects such as nationality, history, psyche and social roles, which influence our sense of identity. Identity could simply be personal disposition, or an unwilling imposition by the society at large.
If identification of self makes the person, collective identity allows for mutual recognition-security as well as solidarity. Group attributes, though, could be real or virtual, lasting or ephemeral, like one’s profile on social media. Overemphasis of the collective, however, could result in alienation, prejudice, confrontation and even enmity.
In the age of globalization, a local majority could easily become a minority in the wider world. As global citizens, we hope for and embrace the belief that elastic and flexible identities can bring diversity and progress, rather than confrontation.
If defining our collective identities in this city seems like an almost impossible pursuit, images could, perhaps, provide a platform to start.
“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinion, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation“
– Oscar Wilde
CultureLabel.com sells art–in collector editions, art prints, photography, and originals here.
Not simply paper prints, but limited edition folding beach chairs(above) and art printed on soft accessories–pillow and cushions and kitchen accessories such as oven mitts and tea towels.
Other housewares include such things as limited edition dinner plates and coffee cups, lighting and garden accessories.
Culture Label also offers art printed on personal accessories, such as on silk scarves, silk neckties, and pants!
ENitsua Foundation for the Arts Cultural Exchange Program for Artists–website here–was founded by artist Katherine Austin.
She knows the struggle of being an artist and not having a platform to reach viewers. Thus, she create ENitsua Foundation for the Arts organization for aspiring or novice artists to meet seasoned artists from different parts of the world.
ENitsua wants to help fund and guide artists through the art world.
The ENitsua Foundation For The Arts is based in San Marcos, California, USA, visit their website here.
Some say that Tsu is a little like Facebook– that is, if Facebook shared its ad revenues with you based on how much you post!
I was invited to join Tsu about ten days ago and I signed up.
I invite you to join Tsu here.
Yes, Tsu splits its ad revenue with its users! Tsu pays active users for posting on the platform and for inviting their friends to join.
Tsu only keeps 10 percent of their ad revenues and passes the other 90 percent back to Tsu users.
For example, all the ad revenue Tsu makes in one day is distributed to users based on how many organic post-views they get during that 24-hour period. The more views and engagement you generate as a user, the larger the portion of the pie you get.
I invite you to join Tsu here.
In a quick comparison with Facebook, I noticed that New York-based Tsu gives you an option to add large titles (aka headlines) to your posts, which I like, and there are options for you to share your individual posts (or not) to Facebook and Twitter.
My Tsu page also has easy to find Analytics and my Bank to view my revenues. I’m new to Tsu and so far only have 15 followers and already I’ve made a few cents in revenues. If I had the same numbers on Tsu as on Facebook–nearly 5,000 followers–it could mean some real earnings.
So if you want to post for income and “likes” alone, join the new social network Tsu , founded by Sebastian Sobczak, which recently launched with a $7 million investment by Sancus Capital Prive.
Tsu also makes it easy for others to find your website, Pinterest page, Twitter account and more:
Touch.My.Prints seeks projects, finished or in-progress, of photographic still lifes.
Touch My Prints is interested in the special way the photographic process can flatten space.
In the process of a studio still life the artist can have complete control over lighting, objects, composition, etc. This control allows for a constructed environment to showcase a wide range of concepts.
Touch My Prints seeks these highly controlled still lifes to showcase in TouchMyPrints ISSUE04.
Bodies of work will be prioritized over a series of individual images.
Submission Fee: Free
Please submit 3-5 works from a body of work (complete or in-progress) for ISSUE04. Please include a brief description of your body of work / artist statement. (250 words or less)
Please submit files at 300 dpi, with the longest side being 8 inches (2400 pixels), 8-bit and as a JPEG.
File Name would be Doe_Jane_01.jpeg
In the email (TouchMyPrints @ gmail .com) please list the following information for each image.
Title, Year Produced
Medium (i.e. Screenshot / Digital Photograph / Digital Collage)
Your Website (Professional Site / Twitter / Tumblr / etc)
Brief description of your body of work. (250 words or less)
Submit your own work.
Follow the guidelines.
Please email if you have questions.
SUBMISSION DUE DATE: July 20, 2015
Bridgeman Studio, Creative Review and Culture Label are sponsoring a competition called The Great Outdoors for artists to win:
Three artists will have their own product line created and sold at Wilderness Festival and on the CultureLabel website here
Grand Prize: a 500 GB Pound commission to design the Wilderness Festival map, distributed to all attendees at the festival in August.
The competition is open until 15th June 2015
Read more about the Competition Terms & Conditions here
Dripping wet faces with water drizzling from chins caught my attention in the portrait art of African artists in sub-Saharan Ghana.
Some of the artists refer to their wet imagery as the blessings of water and showers of blessings.
It’s true that all humans everywhere on earth need the amazing resource of water to live.
But these contemporary Ghana artists–Theopencil, Kwabena Nature, Enam Bosokah, Jeffery Appiatu– uniquely portray water in a visual anointing of their subjects in the wet portraits above and below.
I agree with Dr. Keith McFarlane, administrator of commissions for the African Portraiture Service, who said that these wet portraits, “demonstrate the rendering skills” these artists possess.
But I also think that there may be deep roots in the culture of Ghana and the climate of the sub-Saharan location that connects all four of these artists to the theme of dripping wet faces in their portrait art.
When I asked some of the artists about the symbolism, the reply from Kwabnea Nature referenced the Bible, the Book of Ezekiel Chapter 34 verse 26– “I will make them and the places all around my hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessings.”
Theopencil, Kwabena Nature, Enam Bosokah, Jeffery Appiatu are just four of over 25 artists participating in the African Portraiture Service. If you are interested in viewing more artwork by these artists or in getting details on how to commission a portrait, click here.
If you would like to communicate directly with one or more of these artists, please visit the African Portraiture Service Facebook page here.
Tips to Make Your Art More Worthy by Sunny Popali
There are many ways an artist can make his work of art appealing to the public. Viewers would even pay good money for it. Here are some tips on how artwork can be worth the time, effort and money.
A piece of art should always be signed and consistently done so in succeeding works. The viewers and interested buyers should know that a particular piece of art is made by this artist. In this way, the artist will be recognized in all of his work.
Put a title
A title is important in an art piece. It gives the viewers something to talk about instead of just putting an “untitled” name on it. A title gives the viewers an idea that the work is important to the artist and that it conveys a specific message that needs to be deciphered too. A title will also help get an artist’s name out there in the open because people are going to talk about their work.
Putting a date
The date of when the art was accomplished is as important as the signature of the artist. Some people would want earlier works of an artist and so dating the art works are important to recognize that. It also gives people an idea on how the artist has evolved through the years in all his works.
A number series
This is usually needed when an artist makes multiple copies of his works. Some are limited edition prints, photographs and may also include paintings that the collector may want to know which ones he got. So a number series is important in this regard.
Discuss the art briefly
An explanation of the work in 2 brief sentences just to give people inkling what the art is all about. It is another way to make them understand and may want to explore more of it once an explanation has been read.
Try making changes in the meaning of the artwork to give a false impression of the message it is trying to convey. This will intrigue viewers and might draw more interest in the art piece as it visually communicates with them.
Taking pictures of your works from start to finish and posting those on social media such as Instagram can help in the marketing department in the future. It will also provide a story of how the work came to be and provide some context. It will also show the progress that was made in doing a specific art piece and this will intrigue and interest more viewers.
The art should have a story
Art is not only about selling and making it big in this industry. It is also about the heart and soul in making art that makes it worth the money. A story behind a masterpiece matters so much because it shows your interests and inspirations in creating them. Without an inspiration, you may appear that you only care to sell your art and not to show the heart and soul and commitment that is tangled up with the work.
Art is not just a means to get by, but it is an effective medium for expression of self through a visual piece. It communicates with the people and may convey a message that is unique to every piece of art. There are Art Shows in San Diego that effectively does the same. The tips above will help any artist in getting the interest of the public and in turn will help in an art’s monetary value. Getting into this industry is tough business, so getting noticed should be a priority to make a name for yourself.
I had a chat with Whitney at Chairish, who invited me to sell my art in their online home decor store. Chairish only takes 20% commission on sales of art. There are no listing fees.
Whitney said, “you’re welcome to list as much as you’d like with us.” She also reviewed my site and said–“I particularly love your fluorescent series and your spot series,” suggesting that I add about 10-15 pieces to start. So people who are interested in my work can see my range. She also said that it’s a good idea to add pieces in a range of prices—”just so some are approachable to first time buyers of your work.”
All great advice! But what impressed me most were the shipping options for artists selling on Chairish. Whitney explained 2 options to choose from–with the 2nd including “white glove service”:
Option one, is for you to take care of shipping completely on your own once an item sells. This option makes your piece show up on the Chairish site to the customer as “Shipping for Free,” which encourages sales and helps them pull the trigger. So you would just need to work in the cost of shipping when you set your asking price.
Option two, is for Cherish to handle shipping for you. If you don’t choose the “Ships for Free” option, you will just get an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with a pre-paid UPS shipping label ready to go– then you can just stick it on your package and send out to the customer.
White Glove Service: If you have any really large works (over 50” or so), Chairish also has a white glove service that simply comes to your house, packs the piece and gets it to the customer.
With both the UPS label option and white glove option the customer pays for shipping.
To start selling on Chairish, click the yellow “Sell” button at the top left of the home page. This will take you to your first submission page where you can start uploading your works. Whitney said, “there will be a little link at the top asking if you’re a professional seller, but you can disregard this.”
Artists also have a dedicated Chairish artist page that people can click into and you can customize your artist page too.
After uploading several of my paintings to Chairish, I began to also appreciate the pricing options–for each piece you add (1) your retail price, (2) your asking price, and (3) your reserve price, allowing buyers to make offers.
Whitney said that she thought my art “would do well on Chairish” and I am looking forward to some sales.
VISIT ARTSKC.ORG/ARTSKCAWARDS FOR DETAILS AND APPLICATION!
ArtsKC is seeking to commission a Kansas City artist to create 6 works of art to present to metro-area businesses and individuals in recognition of their leadership in the arts.
Eligibility and Selection
This opportunity is open to visual artists residing in and around the five-county Kansas City metropolitan area (Clay, Platte, Jackson, Johnson & Wyandotte). Winning artists from previous years are ineligible to submit. Proposals will be reviewed by a panel comprised of business and arts professionals.
Commission:$6,000 for 6 works of art
$2,000 for 50 centerpieces
Option to create up to 80 centerpieces
($40 commission per additional piece)
Event: ArtsKC Awards – AMPLIFIED!
Thursday, February 25, 2016
The Grand Ballroom at the Kansas City Convention Center
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
This is a very high visibility commission! The awards artwork will be part of the permanent collection of each business recipient as well as of ArtsKC. The selected artist will have an exhibition at the Grand Ballroom, the location of the pre and post event receptions.The exhibition will feature the 6 award pieces as well as the artist’s selected body of work.
In addition, the selected artist will be a special guest at the awards ceremony and will give brief comments from the podium.
Featured at right: Selected work from Mark Southerland and Linda Lighton’s 2015 ArtsKC Awards commission.
Artists interested in gaining influences and impressions from outside cultures, by taking up an artist residency program in another country, will find many such opportunities listed on the On The Move–Cultural mobility information network site. Find details on residency opportunities in Asia and Europe — here.
For Latin America there is special focus on the countries of: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and the Caribbean region here.
As an example of an International Residency Program hosting international contemporary artists, a new space in Dublin, Ireland, in newly converted stables, (as shown in the photos below), has a rolling deadline for artist applications here. The residency is associated with an artist run gallery.
ArtPOP! Promotes Artist’s Work on Available Billboard Space.
Wendy Hickey is promoting artists and beautifying America with her ArtPOP! program.
Selected artist’s work is printed large-scale on a vinyl material that is guaranteed to last outdoors for one full year. In some cases, the artists receive their vinyl to keep.
But Wendy also plans to create purses, wallets, and messenger bags from the vinyls to sell and further fund the ArtPOP! program.
If you’d like to help fund ArtPOP! or if you are an artist interested in participating in your city, you will find further details in this feature article in Xposy Multimedia Magazine.
Treasure your child’s magical moments on a whole new level in an enchanting, original one-of-a-kind photo and video event that is booking now in the Akron, Ohio area of Portage Lakes!
Millie Mae Lane Photography is pleased to announce The Princess and the Pea, a photographic and video event in children’s photography on June 20th in Portage Lakes. In collaboration with Thespis per Lacus Media, this event is ushering in a new way of capturing special moments by preserving the gestures, laughs, and voices of little ones in a high quality, professionally edited short film, along with the traditional still photographs. The process they are developing is called motion portraiture.
Move over standard portrait photography, professional motion portraiture is the next big thing.
Fine art children’s photographer, Paige Lyon of Millie Mae Lane says, “Think the Disney Princess experience, but so much closer to home and more whimsical. I like to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art that the child will delight in. I don’t want them to have staged smiles. I want them to come away from their portrait session feeling like they had a lot of fun. To see the joy in their eyes when the children see their composited image, they see themselves as an imaginary character… it’s fun and rewarding. I’m bringing to life something they only see in their head.”
For this event, girls (toddlers and up) will get the royal treatment as a stylist prepares her for the shoot with dress selection and accessories. Then she’ll be transported into a fairy tale world as she gets her picture taken on a beautiful storybook set. As she plays and delights in being the unique princess she always imagined she could be, this joy will be captured in heirloom portraits… But that’s just the beginning.
Emmy award winning producer, Hollie Brubaker from Thespis per Lacus Media will shoot beautiful footage of each child’s photography session, then record a short interview with each child and the special story that unfolds. The video will be creatively edited into a one minute vignette, a keepsake video. “There’s more video than ever being taken on smartphones, but how often do people have nice lighting, sound and creative shots that truly bring out their child’s essence?” says Brubaker. “We are using the same quality you get from professional photos to actually bring them to life and share more than just a split second in time.”
Lyon and Brubaker both have a background in theatre, which they admit has given them an advantage in their work. Not only do they have the conceptual knowledge for ideas, but the technical and creative skills to bring them to fruition.
This event is tailored for girls, but a Superhero session is being planned for both boys and girls in the coming months.
They are offering three packages starting at just $175. This is a one day affair and space is very limited. Contact (330) 221-0170 or email@example.com to book a session.
About Millie Mae Lane Photography
Millie Mae Lane uses photography to capture the magic of childhood with whimsically styled custom portrait sessions designed to inspire the imagination of your little ones. To contact the photographer for more information, please visit MillieMaeLane.com or call (330) 221-0170.
About Thespis per Lacus Media
Thespis per Lacus Media provides media production services for a changing digital landscape by tapping into our creative spirit, specializing in video for Cleveland area businesses, nonprofits, and individuals. To contact the videographer for more information, please visit ThespisPerLacus.com or call (330) 933-0494.
— pivot art gallery is seeking artists who would like to have a portfolio of their work considered for presentation on the online gallery. Generally, a portfolio is up for a month beginning on the 15th of each month, after which a condensed version stays in the pivot art gallery archives.
— pivot art gallery is devoted to showcasing emerging aesthetics – that is, a sense of art viewed through various media, avenues of expression, and the intersection of these that reveals a unique contemporary arts perspective.
— edgy, conceptual, and otherwise challenging work encouraged !
— if interested, please email the following information:
link to site/portfolio | bio | artist statement | any other relevant info | your questions
to info [at] pivotartgallery.com
— to find out more about the gallery, visit the site and blog at www.pivotartgallery.com
— also interested in hearing from artists/writers who write about art and would like to publish on pivot art gallery
— there are no fees
Deadline: Fri Jul 31st, 2015
Artists submit your art and fine art photography to SFMOMA.
Every Friday, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) posts a selection of original artwork submitted by artists to their Tumblr blog here.
They prefer that you submit photos and videos, but you can also submit a direct link to a post on your personal Tumblr blog.
Read the submission guidelines here.
SFMOMA also has a larger blog Open Space here.
Get featured and get some visibility!
Artists, below are a series of “97” codes for you to use when shipping your art internationally.
If you’ve ever had an artwork held up in customs, it becomes a series of problems for both the buyer and you the artist.
You scramble to get the details on how to get your art released from customs. Phone calls out and coming in slowly reveal the problem. The buyer on their end engaged in the same activities, as you both try to uncover the reason the shipment has been held up.
If you have shipped via FedEx, they may offer you a special certificate to verify origin of the artwork, for an additional fee. But that document has to be hand signed, and that requires a courier to come to your door to get your signature–$$$$$$$.
What can you do next time to avoid all this? Is there a protocol for sending artwork to buyers outside of the country where you are based?
Yes! Simply add the correct *97* code–listed below–to your package label before shipping.
Recently, an American artist, quite pleased with himself for selling one of his paintings to a UK buyer–as any artist would be– wanted to know where and how to pay the VAT (Value Added Tax) for the buyer.
When I informed him of the “97” codes, he scoffed. Apparently, he’d gotten the idea to pay the VAT and that was that. Then a UK artist got into the conversation, indignantly stating that she had “never heard of such codes!”
I love artists–they are great creative people and deserve some concessions! Artists work hard and have a lot of expenses. They deserve a break–to be cut some slack.
Apparently the powers-that-be agree, for they created these special *97* series of codes (below) that signal shippers and customs agents internationally that the package contains artwork and is exempt from import duties.
Yes, I put one of the *97* export codes below, on one of my art shipments to Europe. The guy at the FedEx office, where I shipped from, was familiar with the code.
How I came to have the *97* codes, came about when I’d shipped one of my sold paintings to Europe–without a *97* code– and the buyer unexpectedly had to pay an additional amount to get the package released. The European art dealer instrumental in the sale hadn’t liked that added expense for her client, so she did some investigating! Then she sent me the *97* series codes below.
These codes work. Some artists are glad to have them.
The trade tariff codes starting with number ’97’ alerts customs officials worldwide to the fact that the item is an original work of art and is therefore exempt from import duties.
For instance, if you are based in the UK and are sending overseas please mark your package clearly with Export code: 97011000
If you are based outside of the UK and are sending your artwork to a customer within the UK mark your parcel: Commodity Code: 9701100000.
Any other variables – say you are sending from the USA to Finland, or between any other countries, then mark you parcel: Export code: 970110
It is really important to use these codes, otherwise items can get stuck in customs and your buyers may have to pay fees!
I first published an article on these codes, on January 2, 2013–read it here.
Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
EN1 is planning to launch their new art print sales site on June 1st!
They are Seeking Artists & Photographers who wish to sell their work in ‘Prints’. Artists can get in touch via email with Ceri: firstname.lastname@example.org
Walt Curlee is now offering his Giclee prints from his original oil paintings, in our Amazon store.
Springtime on the Farm, the first in this season series is available here.
Get artist Walt Curlee’s Giclee print, Turkeys in the Hills here.
Find out more about Shucking And Storing The Corn In The CornCrib here.
Find the autumn print Taking Pumpkins To Market available here.
Rural Winter Landscape available on Amazon here.