DEADLINE: 16 Dicembre 2019
RIVOLTO A: photography, illustrations, painting, paper cut etc.
LUOGO: London UK
THE ART OF DIVERSITY
At Verizon Media, diversity and inclusion are an essential part of who we are and what we stand for. Our nine Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) play a significant role to foster inclusion within our company culture and drive a positive change within our society.
The United ERG’s purpose is to empower the diverse communities regardless of their cultural heritage or religion, and create a safe space that promotes difference and inclusion. Verizon Media, through the United ERG, is partnering up with Bridgeman Images to sponsor the Bridgeman Studio Award 2019/2020, an international art competition aimed at emerging artists.
Why are we doing this?
As a media and technology company, it is fundamental for us to create content and develop platforms that represent the diversity of our audiences and users worldwide, through trust and innovation. Trust first, by addressing difference with our consumer brands like HuffPost and hiring talents that reflect the diversity of our world. Secondly, innovation by being bold and creating products that encourage for diversity and accessibility.
The idea of launching an international art competition follows the path of our Black is the New Black initiative last year. This year, the United ERG wanted to go further and choose the context of the UK Black History Month to celebrate diversity. Diversity within the black community itself, but also diversity within the different communities living in our cities, or in the many ways we approach life and work. This competition is also about reminding ourselves of the importance of allies, and how allies can help to make things progress and create more awareness by being advocates of inclusion.
Championing diversity and inclusion is not only a moral and cultural mission, but also a business imperative for us here at Verizon Media. We will make better decisions, create more innovative products and have a more profound impact on society, the more we can promote diversity and inclusion from within and through compelling partnerships as with the Bridgeman Studio Award.
We all have a story and a relationship to diversity and we want to hear it from emerging artists, through their eyes and their art. Art is, after all, a conversation between a creator and an audience, and we want to start this conversation. Art influences our emotions and emotions are impacting behaviour. We want you to create and inspire change through your art.
So, how do you see and experience diversity in your city?
Mama Biashara has been involved in working with the very poorest of families in slum areas across Kenya since 2006. Initially it was simply giving funding for food, house rent, education in a kind of vague personal way, funded by my work making TV shows. But having spent more and more time with these women, in 2008 MAma Biashara proper was born.
“Giving A Hand Up, Not A Hand Out” is our motto and we try to stick to it.
Money given by Mama BIashara is never paid back to the charity, rather the committment is that, once a business is strong enough, the business person takes in someone else in need and brings them up the way Mama B brought them up. And, unlikely as it may seem in this world, that is exactly what happens.
Terms & Conditions
Please note that you are not being requested to submit the final commission.
At this stage of the competition we want to see your style of work, so please
enter up to 5 pieces of work that are based on the theme THE ART OF DIVERSITY.
Judges will then choose one winner of a £5000 cash prize, plus the winning artwork will be turned into a limited edition print and exhibited in London in March 2020. 5 runners-up will also receive £500 cash and have their works exhibited in the London exhibition.
The artist covenants that any artwork submitted to The Bridgeman Studio Award 2019 must agree with the following:
Competition open to all artists worldwide above the age of 18.
Only one entry (Up to 5 images) is permitted.
All artwork entered into the competition remains 100% copyright of the artist.
An Artist can submit existing work as long as it fits the theme 'THE ART OF DIVERSITY.'
All artwork can be used in marketing and advertising the competition from Bridgeman, Verizon Media, and other third parties.
Entrants must give permission for their names and photographs to be used for publicity.
The entry for the Bridgeman Studio Award can be any media (photography, illustrations, painting, paper cut etc.).
All artwork must be 100% original copyright owned by the artist and not use any third party copyright material.
Entries must be supplied as one high resolution .jpeg sized between 3MB and 5MB.
By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to these terms and conditions.
You must be the original creator of the artwork.
You must own the copyright in the entirety of the artwork.
The artist shall provide the artwork according to the artwork delivery specifications set out in the Bridgeman Studio Award Entry Form.
Payment for the winner will be £5,000, or the equivalent in currency, of artist’s location.
The Judges decision will be final and accepted by all entrants.
Entries for the BSA2019 open 1 October 2019 and close 16th December 2019.
Final decision and announcement for the winners will be announced in March 2020.
If you win the competition you must be available to begin the commission after the announcement of the winner mid-January 2020.
The artist covenants that any artwork submitted to The Bridgeman Studio Award 2019 shall not violate any of the following:
Be false or misleading;
Be fraudulent or involve the sale of counterfeit, stolen or infringing items;
Infringe or misappropriate any third party’s copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret of other proprietary right or rights of publicity or privacy;
Violate any law, statue, ordinance or regulation;
Be defamatory, libelous, offensive, unlawfully threatening, or harassing, or advocating, or providing assistance involving violence, significant risk of injury or death, or other unlawful activities;
Be obscene or contain pornography.
The final commission will adhere to Affordable Art Fair commission brief terms and conditions.