In early 2018, the University of New England (UNE) Boilerhouse will be undergoing remediation before becoming a community Discovery Space for children and their families, as well as a funky place to hang out for a good coffee and creative time. Before it does, the History of the Boilerhouse Project is calling for local artists (of any age and stage) to send us a postcard from the Boilerhouse. This is your chance to use your artistic skills to capture this iconic building in the last stages before it embarks on a new phase of life. If you’re into steampunk, or the emotional power of industrial ruins, or simply think the Boilerhouse is a cool and atmospheric building, we want to hear from you!
Who can enter?
The Boilerhouse. That’s it! You decide what and how you’d like to represent this amazing building. From inside or outside, it’s your choice. If you choose to base your artwork on a perspective from the inside, you’ll need to check out our photographer, Terry Cooke’s amazing photos. Click here to access them.
Sizes and mediums
Submissions must be the size of a postcard (148 mm x 105 mm) and can be landscape or portrait. All mediums are encouraged.
2D works: must be submitted of postcard size (148mm x 105mm). Traditional mediums of drawing, painting, printing, analogue photography, collage or textiles are welcome.
3D works: for all the sculptors and ceramicists out there, if you have a piece you would like to submit, this can be sent as a photograph in postcard size (148 mm x 105mm).
Digital works: we are also opening the competition to all digital artists. Why not create an artwork using Photoshop, Illustrator, etc and let your create flair shine? These must be submitted as postcard size (148mm x 105mm).
All entries must be your own, original work. All submitted works will become the property of UNE and winning entries may be added to the UNE art collection.
Where and when will they be displayed?
Finalists will have their artworks displayed in the exhibition spaces in the UNE Dixson Library at UNE from Monday 2 July 2018 to Friday 26 October 2018.
Complete the entry form with all your details and submit it with your postcard. You will need to sign your entry form and agree to the competition terms and conditions. Download and print the entry form here or pick one up from the UNE Campus Essentials shop/post office at UNE.
It’s free! There is no cost associated with submitting an entry.
Deadline for entries
The competition closes on Friday 18 May 2018. Entries must be received by 5pm.
By mail: Send your entry and completed entry form to Lee-Anne McKinnon, UNE Discovery, School of Science & Technology, University of New England, 1 Elm Avenue, ARMIDALE NSW 2350.
By hand: You can drop your artwork and completed entry form into Campus Essentials (the post office and newsagent/gift shop), adjacent to the northern carpark at UNE.
There are 6 categories with a total prize pool of $600.
1. Adults/open artist ($100)
2. School student – years 10-12 ($100)
3. School student – years 7-9 ($100)
4. School student – years 3-6 ($100)
5. School student – years K-2 ($100)
6. People’s choice ($100)
Entries will be judged by a 7-member panel consisting of three UNE representatives, two members from the Armidale Regional Council, and two representatives from NERAM (New England Regional Art Museum).
Ten finalists will be selected by the judging panel in each of the first 5 categories (numbered 1-5) listed above. One winner will be selected from each of the category finalists.
All six winning postcard designs will be printed and sold in the Campus Essentials shop, and all winners will receive 100 printed copies of their postcard, with their name featured on the card, to share amongst family and friends.
Artists retain copyright in their artwork and will be named as the creator of the work. By signing the entry form agreeing to the competition terms and conditions, artists agree to releasing their winning entries under a Creative Commons (CC BY-SA) licence (http://creativecommons.org.au/learn/licences/ ) allowing UNE to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, and remix and use it, even for commercial purposes.
Prizes will be awarded and presented to the winners at the exhibition awards ceremony to be held at the ‘Stro on Wednesday 8 August 2018. Further details will be provided at a later date. Winning prize money will be deposited by direct debit to the winner’s nominated bank accounts.
The People’s choice award will be decided by visitors to the exhibition. Visitors can vote for their favourite artwork by completing a voting form while visiting the exhibition during the month of July, the first month of the exhibition.
The Boilerhouse can be viewed up close from the Ring Rd (off Clarkes Road) within the University grounds, from the northern side of the New England Highway Bypass, and many other vantage points across Armidale.
Further enquiries can be sent to Lee-Anne McKinnon, click here to email her directly.