Bath's Annual Fringe Visual Arts Festival
FAB is Bath's only visual arts festival, we actively promote and celebrate contemporary art in the Bath area and beyond, showcasing early career artists and curators, and those who find it difficult to break into (or prefer to operate outside of) the gallery based art scene.
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Artists included in the FaB Open Prize 2014

Alex Ratcliffe – Absurdity

Andrew Lansley – Laundry

Becky Jones – Dancer

Bernard Kitama – Fanfare for the Common Man

Catherine Phelp – Old Bones

Daniel Harris – Blimey

Daniel Rushforth – Out Walking

Erica Bloom – Wings

H Blight Anderson – My Brother

James Alexander – Ruth

Jason Clarke – Untitled

Joseph Long – A Secret

Julia Warin and Jeff Pigott – Frack Box

Lisa Kibble – Wishing (2)

Lydia Williams – Serenity Player

Maisie Parker – Hug Two

Mark Stopforth – Landscape

Martin Harman – Tranquil

Mathew Eggleston – How the Other Half Lives

Melanie Kew – Stack

Nikita Karpov – Bodyprint

Rob Grieve – Tinned Sardines

Robert Hewer – Untitled

Sam Lindup – Dreams are only Dreams

Sam White – Opium

Spike Douglas – How Cows Make Art



The FaB Open Prize 2014 - now closed to entries

The FaB Open Prize is an annual competition and exhibition which is truly open, allowing all to enter: early career artists, those who exhibit work regularly and those who prefer operating outside the gallery-based scene.

Inviting work from artists practicing contemporary art in the fields of painting, print, drawing, photography, film, sound, sculpture, installation and performance. Selected works will be shown as part of a curated exhibition at the FaB space during the 2014 festival.

There will be two £75 cash prizes awarded by this year's judges, along with gift vouchers for the winner of the people's choice. The FaB Open Prize judges for 2014 are:

Hetty Dupays, Arts Programme Manager for Art at the Heart of the RUH.

Art at the Heart presents a high quality programme of arts within the RUH for the benefit of patients, staff and visitors. It is widely recognised that the arts have a key role to play in delivering an improved patient environment, and Art at the Heart is proven to have significantly contributed to improving the wellbeing and health of patients, staff and visitors through its programme of visual arts, music and literature through exhibitions, performances, readings and educational workshops.

Katie O'Brien, Project Director at 44AD Artspace.

4AD is a contemporary art space located in central Bath created to support emerging contemporary artists and their work and to encourage the public’s engagement with the visual arts. 44AD welcomes all sectors of the community; providing an accessible insight into the whole process of art production and display.

The People's Prize

Visitors are invited to vote for their favourite piece in the show, the winner will receive two £20 gift vouchers to buy art materials, one from Minerva Art Supplies, and one from FJ Harris & Son. A huge thanks to both for their kind donations. 

FaB is a not for profit voluntary organisation, all registration fees and donations go towards running the competition and supporting the festival.

You will be notified of your selection via email.

For artists who submitted work before the deadline of 30th April 2014, by submitting work to the FaB Open Prize, the artist: 

  • Undertakes that the work is of his/her own origination, and that he or she holds all moral and intellectual property rights in that work.
  • Agrees to the reproduction of their work for press/publicity/website & catalogue and any other printed material.

Works selected:

  • To be delivered to the gallery location (TBC) on Sat 17th or Sun 18th May, between 1pm and 7pm.
  • To be removed from the same location on Sunday 9th June, between 4pm and 8pm.
  • FaB provides public liability insurance but does not take responsibility for loss or damage of works, we strongly advise you take out your own insurance if applicable to cover the work in transit (two-ways) and during the exhibition period.