This is mosaic ART! 2019

 

It gives MASA great pleasure to launch the 2019 edition of the “This is mosaic ART!” competition & exhibition.  This competition is made possible by the generous support of Douglas Jones.

 

This title and the aim of the competition is in line with MASA’s stated vision of striving to promote mosaic as a form of expression in genuine art.

 

“He who works with his hands is a labourer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”

St Francis of Assisi, circa 1200AD

Theme: "Between Hope and Despair”

Artist’s Brief:

MASA is keen for the artist to exercise artistic expression and freedom and fully embrace the concept of art conveyed through the medium of mosaic. While a clear understanding, mastery and celebration of the medium of mosaic will need to be evident in all exhibited pieces as a pre-requisite, the essence of this exhibition is that we will be judged “by artists, as artists”.

 

As we normally do, artists may 3 categories:

  • Traditional
  • Contemporary (in technique & modern materials – subject matter and colour choice will not determine contemporary status).
  • 3D / Structural

While the appreciation of art is a subjective one, there are generally acknowledged elements of art as well as overarching principles that when successfully combined, create an aesthetically pleasing, interesting and/or emotionally moving work of art.  There are many viewpoints relating to the elements of art, but there are also many commonalities. Many art educationalists agree that the core elements of art cover the visual components of colour, form, line, shape, space, texture and value.

 

These elements are the basic elements that the artist combines to create a work of art.  How these elements are combined is driven by the principles of art which are much more fluid, but are driven by the concept of composition within a work. It has been suggested that there are eight principles of art: balance, proportion, unity, harmony, variety, emphasis, rhythm and movement.  All of these principles clearly deal with the placement of elements within artwork.

 

Of course, there are art fundamentals other than these elements and principles that every artist should understand and implement. These include such considerations as aesthetics, symbolism, dominance and contrast to highlight just a few. Yet despite all these technical components and “rules” there is a fundamental unifying aspect to all art:  it elicits a response.  Whether that response is visual (“that’s just beautiful”), visceral (“I don’t know why, but this just resonates with me”) or emotional (“that makes me feel uncomfortable / happy / sad”), art needs to be arresting.

 

There it is, MASA’s challenge to you: provide us with something that says “This is mosaic art”!

 

IMPORTANT: This Exhibition focuses on introducing the general public to mosaic as fine art and not craft.  Judging will therefore focus on: 

  • TECHNICAL SKILL (20 points) – tile layout, spacing, craftsmanship, finishing and presentation of the mosaic 
  • ARTISTIC ELEMENTS (30 points) – colour, materials, textures, emphasis, harmony, variety 
  • DESIGN (20 points) – composition, contrast, pattern, movement, balance, proportion 
  • CONCEPT (10 points) – thought provoking, meaningful, expressive
  • ORIGINALITY/CREATIVITY (20 points) – unique, variety, fresh, interesting, interpretation of original work

NB: Works which fail to achieve a mark in excess of 80% might not be included in the exhibition & auction.

 

All works need to be ready to exhibit, i.e. ready to hang or mounted to stand free.  No size or weight restrictions will apply but please note that neither MASA nor the gallery accept any responsibility for the wellbeing of the artwork while in our possession.

 

The exhibition will kick off with an opening evening & prize-giving event.

 

Prizes:

 

Prizes will be allocated as follows and are sponsored jointly by MASA and our corporate sponsor:-

 

Traditional

Contemporary

3D / Structural

1st – R1,000 cash

2nd – R500 product voucher

3rd – R200 product voucher

1st – R1,000 cash

2nd – R500 product voucher

3rd – R200 product voucher

1st – R1,000 cash

2nd – R500 product voucher

3rd – R200 product voucher

1st – R1,000 cash

2nd – R500 product voucher

3rd – R200 product voucher

1st – R1,000 cash

2nd – R500 product voucher

3rd – R200 product voucher

1st – R1,000 cash

2nd – R500 product voucher

3rd – R200 product voucher

1st – R1,000 cash

2nd – R500 product voucher

3rd – R200 product voucher

1st – R1,000 cash

2nd – R500 product voucher

3rd – R200 product voucher

1st – R1,000 cash

2nd – R500 product voucher

3rd – R200 product voucher

Additional R2,000 cash

 

The judging, prize-giving & exhibition will take place at:

 

Art on Acacia

286 Acacia Road

Blackheath

Randburg

2195

 

 

Relevant Dates:

  • Delivery of artwork – 1 & 2 July, 2019 (Please note: we cannot accept any responsibility for artwork delivered before the 1st of July and artwork delivered after the 2nd of July will not be adjudicated).

Mosaic Comp

 

 

MOSAIC COMPETITION

Mosaics - Masters in Miniature

 

Category A - Jewellery - Grand Prize - R1000 cash
Category B - Grand Masters - Grand Prize - R1000 cash

(this competition is open to any mosaic artist who can arrange delivery of his/her entry to the required venue in Durban & can collect their prize money in South Africa or provide a South African bank account for payment of same.  No payment to a foreign beneficiary is possible).

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