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BACKROOM CREATIVES: Journal2 Arts & Crafts Awards 2012

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: September 13, 2012

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DO you have a back room that doubles up as a creative studio? Or a shed, garage, even a small corner of the kitchen table? Have you been busy honing your skills in your spare time: picking up your pencils or paintbrushes whenever you have a free moment, tinkering with textiles or coiling clay?

If so, our brand new creative awards scheme could be for you.


We are delighted to launch Backroom Creatives: Journal2’s Arts & Crafts Awards where we’re looking for North Devon’s finest emerging artists and makers. The awards, sponsored by Atelier Contemporary Craft Gallery and Art Bazaar, are open to all ages and it doesn’t matter if you have received professional training at art school or, through your own hard graft, are completely self taught.

Perhaps you are retired and have discovered your talent later in life? You might have recently graduated or are a busy parent, juggling home, work and creativity. What does matter, however, is that you are at the point where you have started to develop a small body of work that showcases your own unique creative style and you are now looking to take things to the next level.

Backroom Creatives is designed to celebrate emerging artist and makers and is therefore not open to anyone who has previously exhibited or sold their work in professional capacity.

There are two Journal2 Awards up for grabs. One for the most promising artist and one for the most promising maker.

Each winner will receive:

1. A profile of you and your work in Journal2.

2. Professional mentoring over a six month period from Atelier Contemporary Craft Gallery owner Tracey Benton and Art Bazaar founder Stella Levy.

3. A media relations workshop with Rosanna Rothery showing you the very best way to approach the media and begin to build your profile.

4. A free exhibition space at Art Bazaar 2013 where you will launch your new creative career to a discerning buying public.


To sift through your entries and nominate this year’s winners we have gathered together a panel of judges. Between them they have an enormous wealth of experience and knowledge in the world of contemporary arts and crafts.

Catherine Jones - Journal deputy production editor, who after studying art and art history at Reading University worked for the Atkinson Gallery and Millfield Sculpture Commission in Somerset, and programmed exhibitions at Strode Theatre.

Stella Levy – Founder of Art Bazaar, North Devon’s prestigious annual arts and crafts showcase, Art Trek Open Studios organiser, a founder member of North Devon Arts and a project based artist.

Tracey Benton – Owner of Barnstaple based Atelier Contemporary Craft Gallery, Tracey also runs creative workshops and events.

Sandy Campbell – Mixed media artist and front of house manager and exhibitions programmer for the Landmark Theatre.

Chris Taylor – Professional ceramicist for 12 years and member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Chris has recently completed a Masters Degree in Ceramics and Glass.

Jane Churchill – Artist who created Degrees Of Separation, an installation based on the First World War that wowed visitors at this year’s Appledore Visual Arts Festival.

Linda Hajdukiewizc – Artist and former chair of North Devon Arts and former co-ordinator for Devon Open Studios.


The award scheme is open to anyone who has already begun to develop a body of work in any 2D or 3D fine art or craft discipline including but not limited to painting, drawing, sculpture, print making, textiles, mixed media, ceramics or handcrafted jewellery*.

All you have to do is download and fill out the application form from here, then pop it in the post along with two high res (300dpi) images. The images can also be e-mailed.

You will find all the entry details and where to post it on the application form.

The closing date is Wednesday, October 31.

• (please note that by handcrafted jewellery we mean that it must have handmade components).

Terms & Conditions

This competition is open to anyone living in the North Devon area that has not previously exhibited or sold their work in a professional capacity*. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Dates for submissions must be in accordance with the dates listed. Copyright clearance on all images sent to us as part of your application is absolutely essential. We assume the right to use any images in connection with publicity and promotion of this Backroom Creatives Awards and related events without any consultation. If any photographer contacts us concerning their rights for payment, we will direct them back to you. The prize winners will be selected by a panel of judges: the judges’ decision is final. Prizes must be taken as stated and cannot be deferred. There will be no cash alternative.

* The aim and spirit of this competition is discover and nurture fresh talent so is open to any emerging artist and maker living in the North Devon area.

We would expect you to have developed or to be in the process of developing a small body of your own original work. The competition is, however, not open to people whose work is currently or has previously been available for sale in a gallery, shop, online shop or professional craft show except if your are returning to your art or craft and completely starting afresh with a new body of work after a significant break. Please note that we will not accept applications from artists or makers who are introducing a new body of work alongside work that is commercially available for sale or exhibition. The competition is also not open to people whose work has been previously exhibited in a gallery, shop or professional or amateur exhibition in a public space such as a gallery, theatre or museum except if this exhibition is solely for a graduate show. We do not want to deter anyone from applying who might be eligible so if you are in any doubt over whether or not these rules apply to you, please email us for further clarification of your particular situation at crafts@gallery-atelier.co.uk.

Visit www.thisisnorthdevon.co.uk/backroomcreatives to download the application form.

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