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Rules for SWAS Competitions

Entry forms for the Annual Exhibition are available here


Rules for the Annual Competition:


1. All entry forms must be completed and received by the organising Committee before the date specified on the entry form. Late entries will not be accepted for any reason. Entry fees are to be paid when handing in the art works.


2. All entrants must be fully paid-up members of South Wales Art Society. Entries will not be accepted from non-members or from members who have not paid their subscription in full for the current year.


3. i) All entries must be the sole artwork of the member specified on the entry form, and must be original works of art.

   ii)At this point, computer generated works are not permissible in this exhibition. However, there is ongoing discussion about their inclusion in the exhibition following a discussion at the AGM.

     iii) Printed reproductions of original artworks are not acceptable.


4. Paintings must not be copies of the work of another artist or photographer, nor infringe the copyright of another artist or photographer, and must not be works produced at workshops or courses held by another artist.


5. The number of entries from each individual member shall be limited to such number as previously specified by the organising Committee, and may additionally include a miniature painting or sculpture as defined at (a) or (b) below:

(a) A miniature painting - the size of the outside of the frame shall not be greater than:-

Rectangles - 6 x 4.5 inches

Ovals - 6 x 4.5 inches

Squares - 4.5 x 4.5 inches

Circles - 4.5 inches in diameter

In addition, mounts must not be wider than 0.75 inches all round, or 0.75 inch across the top and sides, and 1 inch at bottom. The frame must not be wider than 1 inch, nor deeper than 0.75 inch.

(b) A miniature sculpture - the longest dimension of the sculpture (including diagonals) shall not exceed 8 inches.


6. Paintings must have been completed in the last twelve months prior to the opening date of the exhibition, must not have been previously publicly exhibited, and shall relate to such a theme or subject as may be specified by the organising Committee.


7. With the exception of entries in the sculpture class, all paintings must be substantially two-dimensional.


8. With regards to framing:-

i. Neither the height nor width of the frame’s outside dimensions shall exceed 36 inches.

ii. All paintings must be framed to an acceptable standard, although box canvasses will be accepted. No paintings with metal frames or clip-frames will be accepted.


9. Concerning the judging of the exhibition:-

i. For the judging day, all fixings (including mirror plates, hooks, eye rings etc.) must be removed from the back of the painting. Paintings with any fixings attached will not be accepted, and the Committee cannot remove any fixings or provide facilities for members to do so.

ii. Selection will be made by the appointed judges so as to reduce the entries to a number previously determined by the organising Committee.

iii. The judges’ selections will be final and no correspondence can be entered into by the judges or organising Committee;

iv. All paintings entered for the judging must be available for hanging in the corresponding exhibition.


10. The artists whose works are accepted for exhibition agree that all works in the exhibition may be photographed and / or reproduced for any catalogue, press, publicity, promotion and advertising of the exhibition, including the SWAS website, and Twitter and Facebook pages.


11. The organising Committee shall have sole discretion to refuse acceptance of any entry without reason.  


Rules for the Derrick Turner Competition:

Rules 2, 3i, 3iii, 4,6,7,10,11 above are also applicable to the Derrick Turner Competition.

In addition:

Works for the relevant category are to be handed in by 6.30 PM. The entry fee will be £2.50 per piece. Members are permitted to enter works into both categories if they wish. The First Prize in each category will be £50.00. Runners up in each category will win £25.00. The overall winner will receive the Derrick Turner Trophy.

Most notably, a prestigious exhibition has been arranged this year for the selected entries (10-15 from each category) to show at the small Senedd Gallery for four weeks. This exhibition will run simultaneously with our Annual Exhibition. There will be no charge to hang the works. However, all exhibiting artists will be required to bring the pieces on the opening day and assist with hanging.