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British Women Artists 2017


We have a theme for this year's competition which is, 'Vision and Satire'.

This has been introduced to encourage imagination, perception and irony, in a particularly turbulent time in Britain, and the world. The interpretation of the theme, however does not have to be overtly political, it can be purely visionary.

We except all types of art, performance can be entered as video. All artists working and exhibiting in Britain, of any nationality are welcome.

The first prize is £1000 pounds.

The second prize, an exhibition in the Jubilee Library Brighton, between, 22nd - 28th May 2017. Floor space 4.6m x 2.5m, wall areas 4.6 x 2.3, side panels 2.5. If the artist chosen is not available this opportunity will go to one of the* judge's favourite.

As well as a first and second prize, the judges will choose their own personal *favourite artwork and the favourites will be announced.

There will be a celebration in London after the winners are announced in May, providing a chance for all the winners to meet the judges.

We will be accepting competition entries until 22:00 on Mar 31 2017.

Sadie Memphis Hennessy competition judge Sadie Memphis Hennessy

Sadie Hennessy, is a practising artist specialising in collage and printmaking. Her work tends to revel in incongruity, absurdity, and disruptions in what we think of as normality. She likes to scratch at the veneer of civilised society and its mores, to find the darkness underneath. She often uses humour in her work, though it usually comes from the blacker end of the comic spectrum.

Her work has been exhibited regularly around the UK (and beyond), with recent solo projects in London, Margate, Coventry & Birmingham. She completed a year-long print-making residency at Croydon Art College, and her work was featured in the 'Girls Aren't Funny' exhibition, curated by Catherine Magnani & Tinsel Edwards, which showed the idea that girls aren’t funny is a joke

She has prints in the UCL collection and they are also a part of the’ Victoria & Albert Museum's Permanent Print Collection.

She is currently Screen Print Fellow at the Royal Academy.

Sadie Hennessy



Katharine Blake competition judge Katharine Blake

Katharine Blake, a musician with a passion for bringing together traditional ideas both visual and musical. In 1996 she broke into a North London cemetery with a group of friends. They sang together, clad in flowing white gowns and crowns of Ivy. Katharine, formally of Miranda Sex Garden, who said they wanted to create music that evoked a seductive garden of earthly delights, full of colour and chaos, had conceptualised the idea for the event- and The Mediaeval Baebes were formed.

Sourcing lyrics from mediaeval and romantic texts, and setting them to original scores using mediaeval and folk instruments, their choices meditate upon, the timeless themes: the inevitability of death, the pointlessness of material possessions, the agony of unrequited love, or the dangers of imbibing too much alcohol!

Since then they have placed three albums into the top of the classical charts, and contributed to the BBC production of The Virgin Queen, and their music is featured in the theme music of the hit TV show Victoria.

Mediaeval Baebes

Carol Topolski competition judge Carol Topolski

Carol Topolski is a practising psychoanalytic psychotherapist, who wrote the novel, Monster Love, which shocked and impressed in equal measure, it told the horrifying story of a couple who leave their daughter in a cage to die. Her second, ‘Do No Harm’ was Thriller of the Month in the Observer and Book of the Week in Time Out. She is interested in perversion and the subversive currents lying behind a person’s face, which damage and destroy without remorse.’


Do No Harm by Carol Topolski - Review



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