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Comparative Literature and Culture Art Writing Competition 2015

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Applicants for Admission to a Casual Ward, 1874, Sir Luke Fildes (1844-1927) ©Royal Holloway, University of London

The closing date for the 2015 competition has now passed. Details of the 2015 winner can be found here.

Comparative Literature and Culture at the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, in collaboration with Dr Laura MacCulloch, Curator of Royal Holloway’s renowned Art Collections, invite Year 12 (or equivalent) students to enter our FREE 2015 Art Writing Competition.

First prize: £75 and the opportunity to join entrants on a tour of the Royal Holloway Art Collections with the Curator

PLUS your entry published online

All runner-up entries will be published online

A tour of the Picture Gallery with the Curator on 13 September 2015 is open to all entrants

What you need to do

All you need to do is submit a critical or creative response of up to 500 words to British artist Sir Luke Fildes's extraordinary painting, Applicants for Admission to a Casual Ward (1874).

Like Royal Holloway's Comparative Literature and Culture degree programmes, this painting stimulates critical and creative thinking, spanning periods, genres and places. Reflecting Victorian attitudes to class and charity, and painted in 1874, ‘Applicants for Admission to a Casual Ward’ features destitute people queuing outside a police station for a ticket for admission to the casual ward of the workhouse which gave temporary accommodation for one night. To stay longer, they would be forced to enter the workhouse, a fate to avoid, as families were split up and there was little chance of ever getting out again. Fildes paid a small fee to the destitute people who modelled for the painting, and when first exhibited at the Royal Academy, it was so popular that it required a barrier and a police officer to protect it from the crowds

Find out more about the picture here.

The picture is part of the collection at the Picture Gallery of Royal Holloway, University of London.

How your entries will be judged

LauraMacCulloch2The competition will be judged by specialist academics who teach on our Comparative Literature and Culture, French, German, Hispanic Studies, International Film, Italian and Visual Arts and Visual Cultures degree programmes and the Curator of the Art Collection.

 

How to enter

Email your entry to royalhollowayartwriting@rhul.ac.uk

  • Paste your 500-word entry into the body of the email (DO NOT SEND IT AS AN ATTACHMENT).
  • In the subject heading of the email, insert 'CLC Art Writing: 'Applicants for Admission to a Casual Ward’.
  • Your email must contain your entry, name, age, home address, email address, telephone number and school/college name. Your submission must be no longer than 500 words. Entries must be typed in English only.
  • Closing date: Friday 18 July 2015.
  • Please read the terms and conditions (below).

Previous Winners

To find out more about our 2014 competition winners,click here

To find out more about our innovative range of degrees that explore art and culture as well as literature and cinema from across the world, but all in English, visit our Comparative Literature and Culture pages.

To discover more about how a degree in Modern Languages can include the study of literature, film, culture and visual art, visit the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

To find out more about the Royal Holloway Picture Gallery, visit Royal Holloway Picture Gallery online.

Terms and conditions

1. Open to UK Year 12 (or equivalent) students in full-time education only.

2. Entrants must be a Year 12 student at a UK school or sixth form college at the time of entry to this competition.

3. Competition closes at midnight on Friday 18 July 2015 (the “Closing Date”).

4. One entry per person. Bulk and/or third party entries will be void.

5. To enter this competition, please write on Applicants for Admission to a Casual Ward before the closing date. Your email must contain your entry, name, age, home address, email address, telephone number, name of school/college. Your submission must be no longer than 500 words. Entries must be typed in English only. Your entry must be written in the body of the email only: attachments will not be considered. 

6. Entries must be the original work of the entrant and not previously published anywhere else. Entries must not contain anything defamatory, obscene, illegal or otherwise inappropriate as may be deemed by Royal Holloway, University of London.

7. Entrants will retain copyright in their submitted entries, however, by entering, all entrants licence Royal Holloway worldwide royalty-free perpetual licence to edit, publish and use each entry in any and all media (including print and online) for publicity and news purposes relating to this competition. Royal Holloway is under no obligation to publish any entries. Please note, any publication of an entry does not mean that entrant has won a prize.

8. All valid entries received before the closing date will be reviewed by a sub-panel of judges who will select a shortlist of four entries. The main judging panel will then select an overall winner. The winner and runners-up will be notified during the week commencing Monday 24 August 2015. The judges' decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

9. The judging criteria and apportionment are:

  • originality (40 per cent)
  • insight (30 per cent)
  • power of expression (30 per cent)

10. There will be one overall winner and three runners-up.

11. The winner will win:

  • £75
  • the opportunity to join other entrants on a tour of the Royal Holloway Picture Gallery by the Curator on 13 September 2015 Travel to and from Royal Holloway is not included.

12. The entries of the winner and runners-up will be published online.

13. Winning entrants agree to participate in reasonable publicity relating to this competition, including but not limited to having their name published with their entry.

14. Where relevant, no cash alternative is available, in whole or in part.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  
 
 
 

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