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Britain's Got Artists A New Platform to Promote Your Art

Updated on May 11, 2012

Promote Your Art

Creating art is only a small part of the working life for successful artists. Most of us spend a large amount of time promoting our work, so it's great when a new platform for promotion appears on the horizon.

I found out about Britain's Got Artists a bit late in the day, and only because I saw a tiny ad in the back of one of my artists' journals that encouraged submissions. Then, being of skeptical nature, I spent a little time researching the website before finally deciding to upload some of my work.

More From the Britains Got Artists Gallery

Passing Storm Charcoal on paper
Passing Storm Charcoal on paper | Source
Wych Elm Ink on paper
Wych Elm Ink on paper | Source

The Creation of Britain's Got Artists

The competition was developed by Alison Dunn who has her own gallery called UK Artworks up in Leeds.

She feels that the artworld is somewhat exclusive of ordinary people and wanted to open up the artworld to the general public, to make exhibiting art more accessible to working class people. The video below shows Alison being interviewed by George Gallowey and she neatly explains her ethos behind this new competition.

Visit the Gallery

Dunes Pastel on Paper
Dunes Pastel on Paper | Source
Pebble Beach Pastel on Paper
Pebble Beach Pastel on Paper | Source

How Britains Got Artists works

The idea is a simple one. Alison chose the "Britains Got..." format as it's one that we're all familiar with, because of shows such as Britain's Got Talent, and because it's a format that works well as a platform for 'ordinary' people to exhibit their extraordinary talents.

Work can be uploaded and voted on between January and 31st May, so there's still a little time to upload - and get voting!

Anyone can enter as many pieces as they wish into the competition, as long as they pay the £3.50 fee. The public then vote for their favourite piece. In addition there are two guest judges, George Gallowey and Sheila Gaffney. There are a few rules, such as all entrants must live in the UK and be over 16, but the website makes these very clear on their 'rules' page.

What Happens if You Win

The top 50 pieces will be exhibited in the Leeds Public Library in July 2012, and entry to this exhibition will be free, to encourage more public interest in art, fitting with the aim of opening up the art world to 'working class' people ( Alison's words, not mine).

How to Vote

Anyone can vote. All you need to do is either email alison@britainsgotartists.com or telephone 01484 520151 with the name of the artist and the number of their piece of work.

Visit the Gallery

In May the Moor becomes Hazy with Bluebells pastel on Paper
In May the Moor becomes Hazy with Bluebells pastel on Paper | Source

How to Enter

I found entry very easy. Simply visit the Britains Got Artists Site, go to the 'How to Apply' page and follow the instructions. You need to click on the PayPal logo to pay your £3.50. When PayPal sends you a receipt via email, you attach this to an email along with your chosen art piece and send it to alison@britainsgotartists.com with your name, address, telephone number, the size of the original piece and what materials you used. Simples.

My pieces appeared on the gallery page of the website within a few hours.

George Gallowey Interviews Alison Dunn About Britain's Got Artists

Benefits of Britain's Got Artists Competition

It is a truly inclusive site

It is relatively inexpensive when compared to other UK art competitions

The public votes, rather than art experts

Simple to apply

Disadvantages of Britain's Got Artists Competition

Those pieces uploaded first will have an advantage over those uploaded closer to the deadline, as more people will have had time to vote for them.

I would have liked to see a simpler way of voting for work. It would be great if there was a 'vote' button by the side of each piece of work, much in the same way that we have on our hubpages articles.

I'm not sure of the role of the two guest judges.

In short, this is a great new competition and platform for promoting your art. The public gets to have its say about art that it likes rather than art selected by 'experts'. I hope that the competition continues - bigger and better. I'll certainly be visiting the site regularly for updates about the next launch.

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      Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor

      Thanks Manna in the wild. I'm hoping by promoting the competition it will grow and grow.

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      Manna in the wild 6 years ago from Australia

      What a great idea. Good luck with your entries.

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      Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor

      Thanks cloverleaffarm. Wych Elm is really popular. It's quite a big piece (about 3' X 21/2') and it took WEEKS to do. The original is out at exhibition somewhere almost all of the time and I had a limited edition run of prints made (only 25 in total) and they're selling well. In fact, I sold one direct to a customer yesterday, which is nice as there's no gallery commission involved, so I could keep the price down. I do about 4 big ink drawings a year, and they're always the most popular pieces. Thanks for your positive comments.

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      Healing Herbalist 6 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Great hub. LOVE the Wych Elm Ink on paper. That is just fantastic. Voted up.

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