THE NOTTINGHAM SOCIETY OF ARTISTS PRIZE.
The Nottingham Society of Artists is offering a prize for the annual Castle Open Exhibition in a spirit of collaboration with the Castle recognising the Castle Museum as an illustrious centre for art in the locality. We are also a long standing centre for art and have in common a history which includes local artists of great standing such as Laura Knight who was a member of the Society and whose works are regularly on show in the Castle’s permanent collection.
So we are intent on continuing our good relationship with the Castle by offering this prize for one piece by an artist showing in the upcoming Castle Open this year. There is no limitation on medium or process this year.
There have been several collaborative ventures over the years but most recently two successful ventures are as follows: in 2012, the Castle had the excellent idea to curate a show which counter-posed work by artists in the permanent collection with that by a selection of current members of the NSA. In 2013 former President Bob Sparham invited Deborah Dean, Visual Arts & Exhibitions Manager at Nottingham Castle, to judge our Saving St. Luke Exhibition (on a Nottingham theme) which she did very sensitively and graciously.
We, the Art & Artists Committee, who will be choosing the prize winner, are aware of the conflicting views that are held on Contemporary art. It is our view that one of the factors to keep in mind when viewing or judging conceptual art is that it is often not enough to look solely at the outcome. More so than with traditional and Modern art, one needs to take into account the idea, media, processes as well as the outcome and sometimes in addition the context or location.
With this in mind it is useful to have the brief statement that is required for Opens like this one.
The NSA is undergoing a time of major change in its structure, its building and its image. Importantly, changes are in process to include an education arm and many other improvements to take us into the future as a valued art organisation in Nottingham.
It is therefore with pleasure that we offer this prize to one artist’s work of our choosing and I look forward to meeting yourselves and the successful artist at the Prize Giving.
Rosemary Wels, NSA President.