Art Gemini Prize 2017 opens for entries 3 April.

ArtGeminiPrize 2017in collaboration with Asia House – Now Open to all artists UK & Worldwide  Call for entries. 5th edition £5000 Cash Prizes for winners.

Acceptable media: Paintings include oil, acrylic, mixed media, drawing, ink, watercolour, calligraphy & original print; Sculpture; Photography & digital art.

Exhibition of shortlisted works will take place at Asia House, London in September 2017

Judging Panel : Jo Baring, Director/Curator Ingram Collection; Cristina Cellini Antonini, Founder & Co-Director ArtRooms; Pamela Kember-Tong, Head of Arts & Learning, Asia House; Sajid Rizvi, Founder & publisher of EAP Group International Media; Dr Vanessa Champion, Creative Director PhotoX, Lead Photographer and Director of ARGENTA; Isabel H Langtry, Principal at Hampstead School of Art & Sculpture Artist.

Cash Prizes :

1st Prize £2000, 2nd Prize £1000.

Photography Prize – £1000

Sculpture Prize – £500 plus £250 voucher

Public Choice Prize – £500

Deadline: 3 July 2017

www.artgeminiprize.com

 

Connect and follow the prize on @artgeminiprize on social media.

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PhotoAid Global partners with Workaid.

PhotoAid Global is the UK based photography service that connects photographers to charities and NGOs both here in the UK and abroad, and also curates exhibitions to drive awareness and revenue for good causes.

PhotoAid Partners with Workaid. Left to right Rob Levine of Workaid, Vanessa Champion of PhotoAid and David Newton lead trainer for PhotoAid who is running the first course. Photo credit Angus Thomson.

PhotoAid Partners with Workaid. Left to right Rob Levine of Workaid, Vanessa Champion of PhotoAid and David Newton lead trainer for PhotoAid who is running the first course. Photo credit Angus Thomson.

Workaid, winner of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, tackles poverty by providing disadvantaged people with the tools they need to learn a skilled trade and earn a living. Since 1986, Workaid has helped around 100,000 disadvantaged people to break the cycle of poverty and build better lives for themselves and their families. 

How did the partnership come about?

Dr Vanessa Champion is founder of PhotoAid and lives in Tring in Hertfordshire, she was looking for someone to fix up the old cameras that PhotoAid receives as donations. Mutual friends recommended she contact Workaid, based in neighbouring Chesham. One brainstorming meeting later with Rob Levine, chairman of Workaid, a partnership was forged.

It’s great to form partnerships with organisations we have real synergies with and PhotoAid is definitely one of those.” Said Rob Levine. “At Workaid we are updating our website and social media presence; arresting and exciting photos are a critical part of that. When we connected with Vanessa it was clear that she had just the sort of skills and connections to help us down that path. Brilliantly, she is also building our own capabilities so that we are enabled to take better photos ourselves and can take advantage of opportunities whenever they arise. Ultimately all this will help us to attract more donors and volunteers, and give more meaningful and engaging feedback to those we already have.

I am so pleased to be partnering and supporting Workaid, their ethics and energy match ours,” said Vanessa. “We are running training workshops with their staff so they can take their own photos for website and social media collateral, plus running a ‘Volunteer’s Voice’, ‘If Tools could talk’, and hopefully helping to document the projects they are doing actually on the ground in Africa. Also Workaid are kindly storing the cameras people donate to us in their warehouse and helping to ship them to Africa for us. Note, that we also distribute our recycled cameras here in the UK and Europe.

One of PhotoAid’s main photographers is David Newton, known to many in the photography world. David teaches extensively for Canon and also presents for SanDisk, Manfrotto and Lastolite, giving presentations and workshops all over the world. He, along with Ness, is running the first workshop at Workaid.
In my work I spend a lot of time ‘taking’ pictures. The whole language around photography is in taking or capturing something, but there is very little giving.  PhotoAid, and the partnership with Workaid, offers me the opportunity to give something back instead.”

PhotoAid is heading out to India in April for the charity, Born to be Beautiful. Later in the year we are also curating an exhibition of photography in the UK from the children of Ana by Karma, a charity based in Bhutan.

If you have old cameras, would like to be part of PhotoAid as a photographer, supporter or other capacity, or can donate time to fix up old cameras do get in touch with Vanessa at PhotoAid makeadifference@photoaid.org.uk  “We all have something to give, and it’s like kick-starting positive karma, you give a little and buckets of goodness come back to you in return. Thanks to everyone in the industry who is supporting us, it means a lot.”

PhotoAid – Making a difference, one image at a time.

PhotoAid Partners with Workaid. Photo credit Angus Thomson.

PhotoAid Partners with Workaid. Photo credit Angus Thomson.

Some background on PhotoAid and Workaid:

PhotoAid  Our Mission – PhotoAid Global celebrates photojournalism which inspires understanding and action through visual documentary. Covering human and animal rights & environmental awareness.

PhotoAid Services: Photography and Video, Expertise, Opportunities (see more below)

www.photoaid.org.uk     make@difference@photoaid.org.uk

Workaid, winner of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, tackles poverty by providing disadvantaged people with the tools they need to learn a skilled trade and earn a living. Since 1986, WORKAID has helped around 100,000 disadvantaged people to break the cycle of poverty and build better lives for themselves and their families. They accept donations of unwanted tools and equipment which are collected from all over the UK and refurbished by a team of dedicated volunteers at the Workaid workshop. The refurbished tools are then sent to vocational training projects where they help vulnerable and disadvantaged people to learn trade skills and start their own businesses.

 www.workaid.org

  1. Photography and Video

We source professional photographers in different parts of the world to document your charity’s story. We have been generously supported by Fujifilm UK, Loxley, Genesis Imaging, and others.

  1. Expertise

PhotoAid provides full service support from booking a photographer right through to the design of a book, organizing an exhibition or creating an event.

We also run educational programmes here in the UK and on location, with photographers and local people, from the youngest child to the oldest grandmother!

Talks – invite us to speak to your club or group. We give advice on how to monetise your photography when you return, raise awareness of your cause, and tell inspirational stories, of which there are many from standing in a deafening silence while surrounded by 200 Ankoli cattle in the heart of Africa to covert photography in a third-world prison  …

We know and work with highly trained and motivated photographers, all of whom have stories to tell. If you are interested in hosting a talk or lecture do get in touch. Read some fascinating stories on F8, the editorial and news publishing arm of PhotoAid.

One of our board of advisors is an expert on central and eastern Africa and can give valuable advice on the region, and who can also visit your company/ organisation to advise in more detail. We also have an expert on security in the Middle East and other conflict zones.  Confidentiality assured.

  1. Opportunities

PhotoAid Global helps broker photography with NGOs  doing good in remote places around the world. Offering unique life-changing experiences for the photographer and financial and awareness life-lines to these smaller charities who are working at grassroots level. A perfect symbiosis to pull all the threads together. On a global scale.

We also support local charities from Rotary to Youth football associations, amateur groups desperately needing promotional images through to helping give opportunities to up-and-coming photographers.

Our Founder, Dr Vanessa Champion, is a former London newspaper Editor, published writer, international art and photography judge, and documentary photographer. She is also Director of Dragonfly Communications, based in the UK and Direcotr of ARGENTA Fine Art. She will be your point of contact for marketing support and advice.

Connect on Social media:

Twitter @PhotoAidGlobal

Instagram @photoaid

Facebook PhotoaidGlobal

£1million secured investment for growth

 

Along with the £1million investment secured for growth, Pixelrights have appointed three industry leaders* on their Board in the form of Christina Vaughan, founder of Image Source and former Vice President of PACA and former President of CEPIC as new Chairman, James Rutherford CIO of Hermes SourceCap and Bill Flind CEO of Ipsotek as Non-executive directors.

They have now expanded their in-house team to 17, moved to Farringdon, and set up offices for their technology development in Poland.

They have also expanded across the web into new platforms, licensing their image technology to major players from image libraries to digital asset management companies such as Sodatech, Capture, MEMAT, Xpertise and Image Protect, who are now integrating the technology into their platforms and extending it to their clients.

Pixelrights are also working with associations and brands from the RPS to Metro and Fujifilm with joint promotions with all the major camera retailers from WEX and Calumet to John Lewis and London Camera Exchange.

Photographers can now sell prints as a self-fulfil option or select a print partner, they have more designs to choose from to build their sites and they have the opportunity to learn from industry leaders from articles on their new newsletter and blog, plus photographers can connect on social media with their members’ community.

Pixelrights websites will also be further enhanced this year as the service grows from strength to strength. It will be under-going some significant feature-based enhancements that will bring it to the top of its game.

“We are confident that Pixelrights in the coming months will become the most compelling option for anyone looking to build a website,” said Shaun Curry, founder of Pixelrights. “We want to show that our roots are in photography and that we understand this better than any other platform. Also providing the very latest technology to help photographers gain more from using the internet to promote their work. You only have to read our reviews on Google to understand what we mean to the photographic community.”

Pixelrights are pleased to announce they were invited to the DMLA conference in New York and the ACE Picture Library conference in London to present their new .PXLR image format, which uses their revolutionary SmartFrame technology. Recently featured by Alamy, their SmartFrame innovation is taking the image industry by storm offering substantially more protection than the standard jpg format online.

All images on the Pixelrights platform are protected by SmartFrame which reduces image theft and ensures attribution wherever they are shared.

Pixelrights have significant new features in development for the Smart Frame technology which will allow it to be shared on any website outside of our own platform framework,” continued Shaun. “To add to these exciting new developments we have decided to introduce our WordPress plugin, that will provide free use of the Smart Frame to around 70 million WordPress based websites. This is implemented or redacted at the flick of a switch, it is incredibly powerful and simple to use.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION, INTERVIEW THE FOUNDERS, WALK THROUGH THE WEBSITE BUILDER, LEARN MORE ABOUT SMARTFRAME TECHNOLOGY AND ITS IMPACT ON THE PHOTOGRAPHY MARKET, ETC,

CONTACT VANESSA CHAMPION, MARKETING DIRECTOR

vanessa.champion@pixelrights.com + 44 7747 025361

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New Art Magazine launched – The Line

Brand new art magazine now available for download. Just click and download from our client Strathmore Artist Papers’ website tips, interviews and inspiration

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https://www.artistpapers.co.uk/articles/news/the-line-artist-papers-magazine-for-artists

Art Gemini 2015 EXHIBITION announced

Art Gemini finalist notification Private view london 2015

Art Gemini finalist notification Private view london 2015

We work with the organisers of the Art Gemini Prize, and we are pleased to announce the 2015 ArtGemini Prize  Finalists’ Exhibition will take place at the Chocolate Factory (also known as the Menier Gallery) Southwark Street, London 22 – 26 September.

If you are a journalist or buyer you are welcome at the Private view, Tuesday 22 September 2015  6.30pm – 8.30 pm; by invitation only  Please RSVP: art@artgeminiprize.com

For an exclusive preview of all 52 of the ArtGemini Prize 2015 Shortlist, please visit our online gallery artgeminiprize.com/shortlist2015

Menier Gallery 51 Southwark Street London SE1 1RU

Our charitable arm, PhotoAid has sponsored a photojournalism award.

Gok Wan to open International Art Prize

Gok Wan to open ArtGemini Prize 2014

Gok Wan to open International Art Prize

Gok Wan to open International Art and Photography Prize

The ArtGemini Prize is a celebration of international contemporary art for emerging and established artists around the world. Now in its second year, the finalists’ exhibition, showcasing the 48 works shortlisted for the main prize of £5000, takes place at the Biscuit Factory in Bermondsey from October 23rd-November 1st.

Gok Wan will be opening the private view of the finalists’ work on 23rd October at 6.30pm.

With over 760 entries from 44 countries, The Art Gemini Prize is one of the fastest growing international art prizes.  Judges include Zoe Wishaw, former European Director of Photography at Getty images.

20% of all sales go to Kidscape. Nikki Kerr, head of fundraising at Kidscape said: “We are delighted to be supported by Jimmy Lek and The ArtGemini Prize. The money donated from the art sales will make a big difference to our work as we strive to keep more children safe from bullying and abuse.”

For more information, including a preview of the finalists’ work, please visit www.artgeminiprize.com.

Images attached Adrian Scicluna (painting), Kevin Shepherd (photography)

To reserve a space at the PV please message info@dragonflycommunications.co.uk

Art Gemini PV – Biscuit Factory in Bermondsey from October 23rd-November 1st  6.30 – 8.30pm

Exhibition continues daily 11am – 6pm (closed Sunday)

  • The Art Gemini Prize is an independent International competition, open to all artists from anywhere in the world. There is no age limit for applicants. Promoting excellence in art and photography. www.artgeminiprize.com
  • A cash fund of £5000 will be awarded to the winners in four categories. The Public Choice Prize is open for voting by the public during the exhibition, and the winner will be announced at the close of the show.
  • Painting and Sculpture Prize: First prize £2000, second prize £1000
  • Photography Prize: First prize £1000, second prize £500
  • Young Artist Prize (under 25 years): £500
  • Public Choice Prize: £500
  • Judges and founders biographies see http://www.artgeminiprize.com/about/
  • Gok Wan is a Fashion expert, award-winning TV presenter, author and all round national treasure, Gok Wan has taken the fashion and TV world by storm and has become one of the UK’s most sought-after entertainers.  www.gokwan.com
  • Anti-bullying charity Kidscape is the charity partner for this year’s ArtGemini Prize and will receive 20% of the sale price of any piece sold during the exhibition.   www.kidscape.org.uk.

New Paper for London – TeamPlayer360

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TeamPlayer 360 logo

If you are in London look out for the new FREE printed newspaper for #London. Our director, Vanessa Champion, is the editor of the paper.

“TeamPlayer360 is a new voice for #recruitment and the sectors only free printed newspaper for #jobseekers and #HR industry professionals.  TeamPlayer360 covers topics core to the HR Industry as well as highlighting various market sectors, news, help and advice, #graduate placement, internships, #employment law, employers, management, leadership, training and much more. I lead a lively and robust group of recruitment professionals, press experts and specialist journalists.

Why did we launch a printed newspaper when everyone is digital? It’s just for that reason. Do you find yourself inundated with online content, emails, electronic marketing, mobile content, videos? We spend our life staring at screens. To engage in news and things that matter, in a different, more tactile format of a printed newspaper is such a relief. This is a fresh approach to recruitment and an accessible voice for jobseekers.

With the average turnover of staff rate expected to leap from 14% to 18% in the next few years reaching 4.7 million in 2018[1] and with 2.24 million unemployed in the UK today[2], there are over 8000 recruitment houses in the UK[3], the newspaper is aiming to fill a significant gap to get both sides interacting.

We have a 50,000 copy print run of TeamPlayer360 distribution with over one thousand direct industry points, including London and major city stations, HR Directors, CEOs, hotels, leisure centres. People wanting a copy can order through the Emblem Group contact below.

We are keeping the voice of the paper “conversational intelligent” and we hope that the classy design and the perceptive, relaxed content, will enhance the pleasure of the newspaper’s reading experience and will make TeamPlayer360 an important addition on the monthly ‘must-read’ media circuit.

We are turning the trend on its head and producing a high quality PRINTED newspaper. TeamPlayer360 is a unique and important new voice for HR professionals and Jobseekers and provides a platform for the industry helping to build an important interactive bridge between both sides of the playing field. We hope you enjoy the read. Write to us and let us know what you think or indeed you might like to contribute! If you would like a copy email us.”

Vanessa Champion, Editor, London, May 2014

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