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GCS opens entries for Spring Visual Arts Competition

PIC: Johnny Bugeja Last year’s winner of the Ministry of Culture Award by Kristel Turner. This was the first time a photographic entry had won the top prize. Her photo ‘Empty Register’ was of a vacant classroom in the old Westside School building.

Gibraltar Cultural Services has opened entries for the Spring Visual Arts Competition, which will take place in May and June 2021 as part of the Gibraltar Spring Festival.

The competition will see the categories for painting, sculpture, photography and video.

The Visual Arts competition is open to Gibraltarians and residents of Gibraltar aged 16 and over as of May 25, 2021.

A maximum of five entries may be submitted by each artist but not more than two per category and a £10 per entry fee is applicable.

Works must be original and not previously entered competitively, except for entries submitted to the Ministry’s art competition for Young Artists.

Prizes to be awarded are: Painting Award £750, Sculpture Award £750, Photography Award £750, Video Award £750, The Sovereign Art Foundation Award for the Best Young Artist £1,000, The Gibraltar Cultural Services Award for the Best Gibraltar Theme £1,000, and The Ministry of Culture Award for the Overall Winner £3,000.

The Overall winner, the Best Gibraltar Theme and the Best Young Artist winning entries will become the property of the Ministry of Culture.

Entry forms and full conditions are available from the Fine Arts Gallery in Casemates, John Mackintosh Hall, GEMA Gallery at Montagu Bastion Line Wall Road, Mario Finlayson Gallery in John Mackintosh Square or on e-mail and online

Entry forms and artworks for the video category may be handed in at the City Hall, John Mackintosh Square, as from Monday, April 12 between 9am and 4pm. The closing date for entries is Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

Entries for all other categories may be handed in at the Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery, as from Wednesday May 12, 2021 between 3pm and 7pm. Closing date for receipt of entries is Friday, May 14, 2021.

Entries will be exhibited at the Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery from May 26 to June 5, 2021.

For further information please contact Gibraltar Cultural Services, Events Department, on tel: 20067236 or email:

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