Rejected from the Wallace Art Awards? Don't fret, if you still want to get airtime for that china deer nesting in the lime green tree, help is at hand. Ilam honours student Matt Akehurst has set up The Rejected Art Award, a web site that welcomes rejected art from all corners of the we-have-standards world. Some of the entries are tough to argue for but, given the nature of some of the awards themselves, there are a few what-the-hell’s-your-problem rejections. And a special mention for Toby who sends his rejection letter back for comment as a subsidiary artwork, only to be rejected again.
If you’ve got a taste for it, here are a few of the awards you too can get rejected from: the Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artists Award, the East International in Norfolk, Anthony Harper Awards at COCA Gallery, The Henkel Prize for Art in the MUMOK Museum in Vienna, Smales Farm Station Artwork Competition and, unfairly, the Artists Wanted Competition in the US. Good luck.
Image: Claire Balfour’s Family ties lashed by the Mapping Me book competition held in Scotland.