Launching on the 5th of October 2019 to celebrate Black History month in the UK and promoting the Art of Diversity, the international Bridgeman Studio Award is sponsored this year by Verizon Media.
Now in its 6th year, the Bridgeman Studio Award is the fastest growing contemporary art competition for artists, illustrators and fine art photographers.
Our partnership with Verizon Media continues a legacy of previous competitions where the Bridgeman Studio Award worked with prestigious brands such as the Affordable Art Fair, HarperCollins and the Wilderness Festival.
This year’s prize: £5,000 cash commission for the design of a limited edition print and tote bag to be sold online on Artsy and in a London Gallery exhibition in 2020. There are 5 runner-up prizes worth £500 each. The runners up will also have the opportunity to exhibit their works in a London gallery. 50% of the sales of the limited edition prints will go towards the charity Mama Biashara.
This year’s brief has been chosen by Verizon Media. The idea of launching an international art competition follows the path of Verizon Media’s 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 abusiness imperative for us here at Verizon Media. We will make better decisions, createmore innovative products and have a more profound impact on society, the more we canpromote diversity and inclusion from within and through compelling partnerships as with theBridgeman Studio Award.”
We all have a story and a relationship to diversity and we want to hear it from emergingartists, through their eyes and their art. Art is, after all, a conversation between a creator andan audience, and we want to start this conversation. Art influences our emotions andemotions 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?