The Somers Arts Fair is an important annual fundraising event for Somers Primary School, as well as an exhibition to give artists the opportunity to present and sell their work. The underlying goals of the Arts Fair’s Organising Committee are:
These are often competing and can be mutually exclusive, so inevitably some challenging compromises will result.
All submissions for acceptance are considered by a selection panel of three to five people. Our policy is:
Each panel member votes independently for acceptance. All for and against votes are aggregated, and each entry is tentatively accepted/rejected based on a clear majority of votes.
The selection panel are expected to follow take into account:
Some artists might not have completed their painting prior to the closing date for entry. It is important to note that lack of a photograph does not in and of itself preclude acceptance. Members of the selection panel have the ability to look at all other works of the entrant in their Gallery 247 portfolio, and can therefore make a value judgement based on previous work, even where the artist is otherwise unknown.
There is a joint review sitting during which all tentatively accepted works are reviewed at a meeting of all selection panel members. Factors that are taken into account at that time include:
It is important that the final acceptances do not exceed the capacity of the venue or compromise the overall presentation of the show. Accordingly, some works might be rejected simply because there’s not enough room.
The Somers Arts Fair is a popular show so it is possible the number of entries will exceed the venue’s capacity. In a perfect world we’d be able to please everybody but unfortunately that’s not the case. It is important that artists do not see rejection as detracting from their work.
For further information, please read refer the Terms and Conditions.
For those artists who are accepted, we wish you every success at the Somers Arts Fair!