Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA) run an annual student art competition. This is partly to raise awareness of the issues that concern the charity, and partly to raise funds, as the shortlisted entries will be auctioned off at a charity auction. The money will support the CARA Fellowship Programme which sustains persecuted and disenfranchised academics from across the globe and facilitates continued academic engagement through periods of sanctuary and practical support. The ongoing crises in the Middle East have meant that they are struggling to keep up with the number of Syrian and Iraqi academics' requests for support.
Open to students on any course (for example Masters). Students must create a piece based upon the theme of Academic Freedom. The dimensions of entries are restricted to A5 (cubed if three-dimensional), however entry materials and medium are not prescribed. They welcome entries that reflect the full range of disciplines, from textiles to fine art, from video to sculpture - conceptual, abstract or figurative - as long as the theme is depicted clearly. You will be asked to submit a written statement along with your entry.
Judging panel for 2015 is Haroon Mirza, winner of the Silver Lion Award at 54th Venice Biennale; Maggi Hambling CBE, artist; Helen Delaney, Assistant Curator at Tate Britain; Ken Done, artist; and Linda Drew, Deputy Director of Glasgow School of Art.
Entry is free.
First Prize £1,000, Second Prize £500, Third Prize £250.
To enter, visit: http://www.cara1933.org/art-comp.asp