Touchstones have announced a call for entries for The Football Art Prize – an all-new exhibition to celebrate art and football in the year of the 2022 football World Cup, created with the support of Arts Council England.
Artists of all levels of experience are being encouraged to take part by submitting artworks in all two-dimensional mediums, including painting, drawing, digital art, collage, mixed media, textile, photography and moving image.
Works will be shown to a prestigious panel of judges, with the shortlisted entries exhibited at Touchstones before embarking on a tour to the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield and Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens. The overall winner will receive £5,000 in cash with second and third place receiving £3,000 and £2,000 respectively.
Candidates have until Friday 19 November at 5pm to submit their works online and Rochdale locals have been given the discounted initial entry fee of £7.50. Artists may submit up to four works at the cost of £5 for each additional entry.
The shortlist will be judged by a prestigious panel of judges, including independent art critic and curator, Sacha Craddock, Jo Cunningham, curator for Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Mark Doyle, Co-Head of Culture at Touchstones Rochdale. Footballer David James will also sit on the panel alongside Director of Programmes at Sheffield Museums, Kirstie Hamilton and Turner Prize winner, artist Mark Wallinger.
Mark Doyle, judge and Co-Head of Culture at Touchstones, said: “We’re really excited to be hosting the Football Art Prize at Touchstones Rochdale, further encouraging local people to engage more with the arts via a topic not typically associated with arts; football.
“I’m looking forward to sitting on the judging panel alongside the other fantastic judges and seeing some of the brilliant entries from Rochdale residents”.
All shortlisted entries will be showcased in a virtual gallery and all exhibiting artists will also be included in a fully illustrated print catalogue.
Read more about the exhibition here.