What is the entry process?
First, you must apply on our website by filling in the Application Form.
Click the’ Submit Application’ button at the bottom to send your form to us.
You will shortly receive an email from us, confirming that we have received your application. At the top of this is your unique Reference number.
Click the link on the email to view your application.
Enter your Username (this is your email address), and the unique Reference Number given at the top of the email.
We suggest you bookmark the link, so that you will be able to return to your application to upload your images if you don't want to upload them now.
The deadline for submitting the application online and uploading digital images of your work, is midnight (GMT) on Friday 27 July 2018.
How much does it cost to enter?
Nothing, entry is free.
How do I know that you have received my application?
We will send you an email within 10 minutes.
I have applied for entry but I have not received an email. What can I do?
Please check your 'Spam' folder, in case our email has been directed there.
Try applying again - please check that the email address you give on the form is correctly spelt. You should receive a confirmatory email from us within minutes.
If you do not receive an email a second time, please contact Tim Fowler: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is my Username?
Your Username is the email address you supplied on the Application Form.
I have lost the link to my application. What shall I do?
Please paste this link into your browser address bar (not into a search bar):
For your Username, enter your own email address.
Password: If you remember your password, enter it and click the green 'LOG IN' button.
If you have forgotten your password, Click the blue 'RESET PASSWORD' button. A Password Reset email will be sent to the email address you have registered with us.
I have forgotten my password
Please paste this into your browser address bar (not into a search bar):
For your Username, enter your own email address.
Click the blue 'Reset Password' button.
A Password Reset email will be sent to the email address you have registered with us.
Can I change the password you gave me?
Yes, you can.
Use the link to login and click 'Reset Password'.
A password reset email will be sent to the email address you have registered with us.
How many works can I enter?
Up to 3 works.
Please note that there are size restrictions for original works - see under 'Artwork'.
What is the deadline for applying and sending digital images?
Midnight on Friday 27 July 2018 .
Please see the separate section: 'Uploading Images of your Work' for more information about how to upload and insert digital images into your application.
Can I enter a collaboration with another artist?
Yes, but you and the other artist/s cannot also enter as individuals. If you win a prize, it will be equally divided between the collaborating artists.
Can I enter using a psuedonym?
Yes, students can enter using a pseudonym. Your full name must also be provided to authenticate your entry with your college or university.
Do I write about myself or my work in the Artists Statement?
You can write whatever you wish. You can write solely about your work, or yourself as an artist, or a combination of both of these.
How Much Can I Write In My Artist Statement?
We recommend a maximum of 300 words.
How will I know whether I have been shortlisted?
We will send you an email.
The shortlist of students through to round 2 will be posted on the LSA website on Wednesday 1 August 2018.
If I am shortlisted from the first round of judging, what happens next?
If your work is shortlisted from the digital images, you will be asked to deliver your original work to Cank Street Gallery in Leicester.
More information can be found in the section regarding the “Information for Shortlisted Students” below.
If I am shortlisted, do I have to frame my work before bringing it to Cank Street Gallery?
However, we recommend that your work is neatly presented.
When will the Prize be announced?
The winner and runners-up will be notified after decision has been made by the selection panel on 14 August 2018.
The announcement will appear on the LSA website on Wednesday 15 August 2018.
Conditions Of A Valid Entry
Who can enter?
You must be a student currently in full or part-time education in Leicester or Leicestershire studying a foundation or degree course in any art or design discipline during 2018.
Can I apply If I am on a course something other than either a foundation or degree course?
Can I apply if I am living in the area but studying outside Leicester or Leicestershire?
Do you accept applications from MA students?
Is there any age limit for applying for the Award?
Can I still apply for the Award after my course has ended?
Yes, you can. If you studied on your course at any time during 2018 you are eligible to apply, even if the course has completed during the year.
- Who can enter?
Can I Enter An Unframed Work?
All winning works will be framed, if required, by Cank Street Gallery in collaboration with the student.
How Many Works May I Enter For The Award?
Up to three.
What Are The Size Restrictions For The Original Works?
2d works: unframed work may be submitted to the award but must conform to the following when framed for exhibition: w:200cms x h: 200cm maximum.
3d works: there are no size restrictions for free-standing 3d works. Sharp or unstable works will be excluded on grounds of health safety.
Fragile 3d works to be displayed inside cased plinths for exhibition must conform to the following: w:50cm x d:50cm xh:100cm maximum.
Electric works (other than battery powered) are not accepted.
How Recent Does The Work Have To Be?
Within the last two years.
Can I Enter An Artist’s Book?
Can I Enter A Photograph?
Yes, providing this is the original form of the artwork.
Can I Enter An Audio-Visual Work?
No, we do not have the facilities to display this in our exhibitions, so audio-visual works cannot be entered.
Cank I Enter A Fragile Work?
Yes. Cases or cased plinths will be provided, if needed, to protect the work for exhibition.
However, please note that the work must be sufficiently robust to be handled by the installation team.
Can I Enter A Diptych/triptypch?
Yes, provided the works when framed and displayed occupy the same area as the allowance for a single work.
Can I Enter A Collaboration With Another Artist?
Yes, but you and the other artists cannot also enter as individuals. If you win a prize, it will be equally divided between the collaborating artists.
- Can I Enter An Unframed Work?
Uploading Images Of Your Work
How Do I Upload My Images?
Go to the link given in the confirmatory email we sent you and log in.
Username - this is your email address
Password - this is provided at the top of the email.
To upload an image please follow these steps:
How Many Images Can I Enter?
You may submit up to 3 works for the Student Award 2017.
2-D works require one image. You may also add a detail image if you wish (optional).
3-D works require two images to be uploaded, showing the work from different angles.
Is there any limitation of each digital image size (megabyte)
Most images taken by phone or digital cameras can be uploaded.
For photographs taken with very higher resolution and image size setting than normal, we suggest a maximum of 9MB each.
When uploading your images, please note that two further versions of each image will created automatically by our system as they upload - please allow time for this to happen. Please do not be delete them (there will be 3 versions of every image you upload).
Can I Change An Image After I Have Supplied It?
Yes, if you do so before the deadline.
To change an image, login in to your application and do the following:
1. On your Dashboard, scroll to the image section where you want to change your image (eg. ‘Image 3’). Each section is surrounded by a black line.
2. Delete the filename in the top field - to do this, click once in the field, then click the ‘X’ (or use your backspace to delete).
3. Click the blue ‘1 IMAGE’ button. This opens a Moxie-Manager window.
4. If necessary, upload another image - Wait for a few seconds to allow the system to create 3 versions of your image as it uploads; please do not delete any versions of your image.
Note: If you’d rather see your images as thumbnails instead of filenames, toggle between the ‘Image’ (chessboard) and ‘List’ icons (top right in the Moxie-Manager window).
5. Make sure that at least one version of your replacement image is selected (ticked). It doesn’t matter which version you choose
6. Click the blue ‘INSERT’ button. This puts the replacement image into the top field. Please note - you will only see the filename at this stage, not the image itself. (The image at the bottom of the section will still be the one you want to replace).
7. Scroll down to the base of this section and click the green ‘SAVE’ button. This completes the upload.
8. Click ‘RELOAD FORM’. This takes you back to the Dashboard. You will now be able to see the image you have uploaded and saved.
Should I Supply The Size Of The Actual (unframed) Artwork?
Can I Enter A Note About My Image?
Yes. There is an area to add very short note about each image (maximum 250 characters including spaces). This is optional.
In addition, there is a separate area provided for a full Artists Statement.
When I uploaded my images - a lot of other image files appeared. What is going on?
There should be three image files for every single image you upload.
Two extra versions are created automatically as your image uploads, because they are needed for our system display. When your image has uploaded successfully you will see: (1) your original image, (2) your image with ‘max’ at the end of the filename, (3) your image with ‘min’ at the end of the filename.
You will only be able to insert your uploaded images into the placeholders if there are three versions of your image.
If there are NOT 3 files for each image, or you deleted them, you will need to upload the image again, but first please do please do the following:
Give your original image a new filename, and upload it again. Please allow time for the system to create the ‘min’ and ‘max’ versions as it uploads. Select one version of the image (it doesn't matter which one), and then click ‘Insert’ in the window - then click the blue ‘Save’ button.
I have successfully uploaded my images, but I cannot insert them. What should I do?
Please log in to your application.
Click any blue ‘1 Image’ button to open the Moxie-Manager (system) window.
Note: You can toggle between seeing your images as a ‘List’ or a visual ‘Thumbnail’ by using the icons (top right in the window).
Now check each of these solutions for successfully uploading your image:
1: Select the image - Click in the empty box next to the image file to tick it. Clicking on the filename does not select it.
2: IMPORTANT - there must be three versions of EACH image.
Our system creates 2 extra versions of every image automatically when you upload, which are sized for display. You can only insert an image if there are 3 versions of it. These are listed as the original, then versions with filenames ending with ‘max’ and ‘min'.
Select one image (it doesn't matter which version you choose), then click ‘Insert’ in the bottom right of the window.
If there are NOT three versions of each image - please re-name your original image, then upload this image from your device again. Please allow time for our system to create two extra versions of the image as it uploads; it should take around 10 seconds per image.
3: Click the blue ‘Insert’ button - bottom right of the window.
4: Please remember to Click ‘Save’ - scroll down (if necessary), then click the blue ‘Save’ button. This completes the insertion, and also places a thumbnail of the image on your Dashboard list.
If you are trying replace an image you've already inserted with a different one - please delete the filename of the image you want to remove first. Then follow the instructions for uploading and/or inserting an image.
I’ve lost the link to my application so I can’t upload my images. What can I do?
Please paste this link into your browser address bar (not into a search bar):
- How Do I Upload My Images?
What Is The Judging Process?
There are two stages.
In round 1, the selection panel will meet on Tuesday 31 July 2018 to view on a high definition screen. A shortlist of students will be made by the panel. Shortlisted students through to round 2 will be announced on our website on Wednesday 1 August 2018.
If you are shortlisted, we will contact you and invite you to deliver your original work to Cank Street Gallery between Tuesday 7 to Monday 13 August 2018.
Round 2 takes place at Cank Street Gallery on Tuesday 14 August 2018. A single overall winner will be chosen by the panel, with two runners-up. The results will be published on our website on Wednesday 15 August 2018.
The winner and the two runners-up will be contacted and given details about delivering work to New Walk Museum & Art Gallery for the LSA Annual Exhibition 2018. Cank Street Gallery will be in contact with the winner and runners-up about framing their work, if needed for the exhibition, cost to be covered by the gallery.
Can I Appeal If I Do Not Win Or Am Not Shortlisted?
No. The Selection Panel's decision is final.
- What Is The Judging Process?
Information For The Winning Students
When And Where Do I Deliver My Work For Exhibition?
Winners and runners up must deliver their work to New Walk Museum & Art Gallery on Saturday 3 November 2018 between 10-12 [tbc].
Will You Help With Framing My Work For The Exhibition?
The winning works, at the specified size, will be framed if needed for exhibition, and the cost covered by Cank Street Gallery, in collaboration with the winning student.
Is There A Preferred Type Of Frame For Artwork?
No, but all frames must be of acceptable standard. Mirror plates will be used to secure the work to the wall. Metal and clip frames are not allowed.
Does A Drawing Have To Be Framed?
Yes. Other works such as watercolours and prints must be framed behind glass.
The winning work will be framed by Cank Street Gallery as part of the prize.
Does An Oil Or Acrylic Work On Canvas Board Or Panel Have To Be Framed?
No, it does not have to be framed. Box canvases and panels must be of reasonable standard, not bowed or out of square. They may be framed or unframed. If unframed, the sides must be clean and well presented with no visible studs, tacks or staples.
Will You Provide A Plinth For 3-D Work?
My Work Is Fragile, Can You Provide A Cased Plinth To Protect It?
Yes. Please see the restrictions on sizes under ‘What you may submit’.
Can I Enter A Giclee Or Photographic Print Of My Original Work For The Exhibition?
No, all artwork included in the exhibition must be original work by the winning student.
Photographs are accepted if this is the only and original form of the artwork that won the prize.
Can I Enter My Work For Sale In The LSA Annual Exhibition?
Yes, subject to commission levied by the museum, which is 48% of the catalogue price [tbc].
Can I Remove My Work Before The End Of The Exhibition?
When Can I Collect My Work From The Museum?
On Sunday 9 December 2018 [tbc].
- When And Where Do I Deliver My Work For Exhibition?
Information For The Shortlisted Students
If I Am Shortlisted, When Should I Take My Work To Cank Street Gallery
Shortlisted students should bring their works into Cank Street Gallery, 44-46 Cank Street, LE1 5GW at any time during the normal opening hours listed below. It is not necessary to frame works.
Monday 9.30 - 5.00
Tuesday 9.30 - 5.00
Wednesday 9.30 - 5.00
Thursday 9.30 - 5.00
Friday 9.30 - 5.00
Saturday 9.30 - 5.00
Can Some Else Bring My Work To Cank Street Gallery?
Can Somebody Else Collect My Work From Cank Street Gallery?
Yes, provided we have your written authorisation that they may do so.
Can I Provide A Photograph Instead Of Bringing In My Original Artwork?
No, all artwork must be in its original form. Original artist’s prints are accepted (linocut, etching, collagraph, etc), but not giclee or other reproductions of the original artwork. Photographs are accepted if this is the only and original form of the artwork.
Will You Accept Work That Will Be Slightly Bigger Than The Allowance?
Do I Have To Frame My Artwork If It Is Shortlisted?
- If I Am Shortlisted, When Should I Take My Work To Cank Street Gallery