The Signature Art Awards, 2010 | The Original Online Art Gallery is proud to announce the launch of a one of a kind competition that gives emerging artists the opportunity to present their signature style to the Art World.
Based on the success of last year’s Signature Awards, this year’s competition has broadened its entry criteria to allow artists working in ALL artistic fields to enter to win, among other prizes, the opportunity to exhibit at The Gallery in Vyner Street, London, in summer 2010. Unlike most competitions, The Signature Art Awards gives the artist free reign over the form and content. Whatever the medium, whatever the subject, The Signature Art Awards present an invaluable opportunity to get your unique creative vision out of the studio and onto the gallery walls.
All submissions will be reviewed by our panel of industry judges who will shortlist finalists in each category to exhibit their piece at the Gallery, situated in the heart of London’s thriving East End, art scene. Alongside honourable mentions, an overall winner from each category will be announced at the exhibition’s Private View Evening.
Last year’s awards were sponsored by Thames and Hudson and judged by a prestigious panel of industry faces from Magnum Photos, The Times, Host Gallery, Getty Images and The Telegraph.

This Year's Judges:
Jennifer Francis
Jennifer Francis is Head of Press and Marketing, Royal Academy of Arts where she has responsibility for branding, advertising, third party promotions, travel and tourism and media relations. Amongst the campaigns she has spearheaded are Tamara de Lempicka, Summer Exhibition, Turks, Matisse, China, Munch, Modigliani, Rodin, From Russia, Cranach, Hammershoi, Miro, Calder, Giacometti, Braque, Byzantium, Anish Kapoor and Van Gogh.
She is an experienced professional who successfully combines a creative and energetic working style with a practical hands-on approach.  She has specialist knowledge of the arts, creative industries, broadcasting and tourism.

Harry Holland
Harry Holland is one of Britain's leading figurative artists. His intellectual and painterly approach is deeply rooted in the traditions of art, often including mythological references in both his figurative and still-life works. Harry Holland’s work is represented in major public and private collections worldwide, including the Tate Gallery, London; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the National Museum of Wales.
Nick Galvin
Nick Galvin is Global Archive Manager at Magnum Photos, London. Magnum Photos is a photographic cooperative of great diversity and distinction owned by its photographer members.  Trained as an artist, he has worked in photography for nearly 2 decades in various capacities. He is currently studying for a post-graduate degree in art history.
Pip McCormac
Pip McCormac has been the Lifestyle Editor at Sunday Times Style for the past three years, where he looks after everything to do with design, homewares, food, and fashion. He was previously on the launch team at Grazia magazine, and regularly contributes to Elle Decoration, Stylist, and His most coveted piece of design is the classic Hans Werner Wishbone chair in its new citrus pallette, though he admits his wishlist changes daily. "When you see as many beautiful objects as I have to every day, it makes you want to go on a constant shopping spree. As long as something is bold, bright, and has something to say, then it can count me as a fan.
Isobel Beauchamp and Elinor Olisa
Isobel Beauchamp and Elinor Olisa are co-founders of, established in 2003, is an innovative company selling, commissioning and renting the finest artwork created by the students and recent graduates emerging from the most prestigious art establishments. Since its inception, has established itself as the market leader in UK student and graduate art sales.
John Bassam
John started his career as an interior stylist working for numerous UK and US based publications, he then went on to present styling advice on BBC 1 Real Rooms, as well as working with the Victoria & Albert Museum and Crafts Council on specialist glass and ceramic exhibitions. John honed his interior design skills working within high-end property development companies such as Essenza Style and Camping Property and has also worked on private commissions. Projects have included private homes, apartments and yachts including residences in London, New York, Miami and Dubai as well as country house retreats and boutique hotels. With a family background in antiques John’s passion for design started at an early age studying fine art and design at school followed by a BA (Hons) in Material Culture Architecture and Museum Studies at the University of Leeds.John is Head of Design at Brahm Property, one of London's leading interior design companies, renowned for bespoke luxury and cutting edge creativity.
Natalie Tkachuk
Natalie Tkachuk graduated from Falmouth College of Arts with a BA Hons Photography- June 2007. She has been represented by since her graduation and last year won the the Still Life catagory of the Signature Photography Awards. Natalie has been shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards 2010. Since graduation she has forged a successful career for herself as a proffesional fine art and commercial photographer.
The winners of each category will receive, among other goodies from the award sponsors, a year’s representation by, the leading Art dealership for emerging artists.
All competition entrants will receive free entry to the guest lectures and portfolio reviews chaired by industry experts taking place throughout The Signature Art Awards Exhibition.
Entry & Categories:
The competition opens on 15th March 2010 with the closing deadline 30th May. Entrants may submit only one piece into one of the following categories:
Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Mixed-Media
Remember, there is no given theme or brief, this is your chance to present your perspective in your own Signature style. To view the submissions so far
click here.

How to Enter:
All entries are internet based. Complete the online entry form and submit a jpeg image file of your artwork. There is an entry fee of £10 payable via the link provided.
Click here to Enter
To view the competition rules and Terms and Conditions, click here.

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