EAC Over 60s Art Awards

Posted on: 10 June 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

National art competition calls for entries from all amateur artists over 60.

With prizes worth £3,000 and the chance of exhibiting in a prestigious central London gallery this autumn, the EAC Over 60s Art Awards competition is now open.

Created to celebrate and promote the artistic talents of older people, the EAC (Elderly Accommodation Counsel) Over 60s Art Awards offer amateur artists nationwide the chance to exhibit their work at the Bankside Gallery in London, located nearby Tate Modern. This year the journalist and broadcaster Joan Bakewell will be acting as a judge for the competition and also presenting the prizes at this year's private view.

EAC - Kenneth Upton, 78. 'Ed', oil.These long established art awards have been running for over a decade and with every year have grown in quality and strength, uncovering a wealth of talented artists over the age of 60 living in the UK today.

Many of the entrants have come to making art later in life, others have found more time for creative pursuits in retirement. Some adopt art as a therapeutic activity. The youngest exhibitors in 2007 were aged 60 and the eldest was Henry Abbott, aged 93.

One of last year's exhibitors, Sonia Fretter, took up painting late in life for therapeutic reasons and entered the art awards with the motto "nothing ventured nothing gained". Her success in these exhibitions has boosted her confidence. As her eyesight is now failing, she plans to enter work this year that incorporates embroidery and recycled materials.

John Jarratt won The Artist award in the 2007 exhibition and received editorial coverage of his work within the magazine. "The quality of the work on the walls was marvellous," he says. "I was astonished that I had won the award."

Around 100 finalists' works will be exhibited from 2nd to 7th September 2008 at the Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, London SE1 9JH. Admission will be free.

EAC - Gillian Bingham Buckler, 64. 'Walk With Me', oil and oil pastel.How To Enter

Entries for the 2008 exhibition are invited from all UK based amateur artists aged 60 and over and can be in any medium - oils, pastels, watercolours, pencil - as well as 3D work and photography. Initial entry is by photograph or photocopy of the original work, and artists can send in more than one work for consideration.

The closing date for entries is 11th August 2008. For an entry form and rules of entry, either download at www.artawards.eac.org.uk or send a stamped addressed envelope to: Art Awards c/o Parker Harris Partnership, 15 Church Street, Esher, Surrey, KT10 8QS. For general enquiries send an email to eac@parkerharris.co.uk or telephone 01372 462190

Web Links

EAC is an independent national charity providing information, advice and support to help older people meet their housing and care needs.

EAC website: www.housingcare.org

You can also contact the EAC Advice Line on 020 7820 1343, which operates from 9am to 5pm Mondays to Fridays.

Artwork Pictured

Anne Hamilton, 79. 'Pebbles On The Shore', stumpwork embroidery.

Kenneth Upton, 78. 'Ed', oil.

Gillian Bingham Buckler, 64. 'Walk With Me', oil and oil pastel.

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