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Art Excellence Awards

Art Excellence Awards Rules

Submission Deadline: Friday, November 3, 2017

Award Announcement: Saturday, November 18, 2017

Acceptable Submissions

Any form of tasteful art is acceptable for this competition.

Original works may be submitted to one of the town facilities listed below and arrangements can be made to return the work after the judging has been completed. However, all works must be presented in a format that can be stored and judged at a later date. For ease of submission, digital images and recordings may be submitted as a substitute for the original work. Verification of original work may be requested.

To ensure that your submission can be interpreted properly by the judges, please submit appropriate media. For example, if you are submitting a music composition, please submit a recording of that composition. If submitting a short play or dance, include a video recording of a performance. If submitting a large scale artwork, include photographs of the piece.

If you would like your materials returned to you, please include a self-addressed envelope with your submission.

Online Submissions

To submit your work online, please complete the online Art Excellence Awards Submission Form. Remember to attach a digital representation of your work (if under 2MB) or follow the instructions provided on the form for submission of large files.

Original Works

Original works may be submitted at one of the following Town of Essex facilities:

  • Essex Centre Sports Complex, 60 Fairview Avenue West, Essex
  • Essex Recreation Complex, 242 Talbot Street North, Essex
  • Harrow and Colchester South Community Centre, 243 McAffee Street, Harrow

If submitting your work by mail, your package must be postmarked for November 3, 2017 or earlier. Mailed submissions should be sent to:

  • Essex Recreation Complex, 242 Talbot Street North, Essex N8M 2E1

Residency Requirement

All residents of Essex County are eligible to enter.

Winning Works

Three awards ranked 1st, 2nd and 3rd are available through this program:

  • 1st place: $1000
  • 2nd place: $650
  • 3rd Place: $350

Works will be judged based on the artist's dedication to their art, and the aesthetic appeal to the judges.

There will be no fewer than three judges for each work. Judges may ask others for insight into interpretation for their field.

Award Presentation and Public Exhibition

The winning works will be displayed at a public exhibition on Saturday, November 18. Awards will be announced and presented to the artists at this time. During the judging, if there are any honourable mentions that were in close contention for one of the awards, the organizers will reach out to these artists to offer the chance to showcase their art as well.

Damage or Loss

While we will take the utmost care with original works of art, the Town of Essex and the ACT Committee are not responsible for any damage or loss of art during transit or storage.


If you have questions about the Art Excellence Awards, please contact Cynthia Cakebread, Manager, Recreation and Culture, by phone (519-776-7336 ext. 1352) or email: ccakebread@essex.ca