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The Bath Open Art Prize 2018


Background image © Lisa Kibble, detail of 'Wishing 2'

Bath Open Art Prize 2014 #FaB14

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Now in its 7th year, The Bath Open Art Prize is becoming one of the key Open Art Prizes in the South West. It is open to visual artists working an any medium, and an eclectic and exciting mix of high level submissions are received; including video and installation as well as painting, print and 3D.

Developed as part of Fringe Arts Bath (FaB), alongside the established traditions, the prize also welcomes the more idiosynchratic or whimsical works that reflect FaB’s open approach.

From the many submissions received, works are selected for showing as part of a 2 week long exhibition at 44AD artspace in the centre of Bath.

Judges Stewart Geddes of Bristol's RWA and Ollie Adams, FaB Curator & Artist will join the exhibition selection team, and will be awarding the prizes. Read more about them below.

£20 per entry, up to 4 entries per person. Deadline: Sat 28th April 2018.


Image © Tina Dempsey, Untitled

The Bath Open Art Prize 2017 #FaB17

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Our prizes and our kind sponsors


1st prize £250 sponsored by Andrews Property

2nd prize £75 sponsored by Society Cafe

People's Choice £50 art vouchers, sponsored by Minerva Arts Supplies

Exhibition Opportunity sponsored by 44ad Artspace: a solo exhibition in 44ad's basement gallery

Selected works exhibited at 44ad artspace during FaB Festival 2018 #FaB18 

 1st Prize sponsored by Andrews Property

1st Prize sponsored by Andrews Property


Image © Flo Yapp, detail of 'untitled (tiny heels)'

People's Prize winner - The Bath Open Art Prize 2015 #FaB15


Meet the Judges

 Image  ©  Stewart Geddes, Knightstone

Image © Stewart Geddes, Knightstone

Stewart Geddes

President of The Royal West of England Academy, Stewart Geddes is an Honorary of The Royal Scottish Academy, and Associate Lecturer at both the University of Gloucester and the Arts University Bournemouth.

An abstract painter, Geddes has an active practice based at BV studios in Bristol. His work has been selected for exhibitions both internationally in Mexico, the Netherlands and Ireland, and in the UK: the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (many times), Royal Scottish Academy Academicians' Exhibition, The Royal College of Art, The Wells Art Contemporary, ‘Wood, Canvas, Steel’ at TactileBOSCH in Cardiff. 

Geddes was prize winner and Albert Irvin RA's selected artist in 2012's 'The Discerning Eye' Exhibition.

His most recent solo was at the Atkinson Gallery, Millfield School, Street.


 Image  ©  Ollie Adams, Sum #FaB17

Image © Ollie Adams, Sum #FaB17

Ollie Adams

As an artist, Ollie Adams has a particular practice in sculpture and installation. Having exhibited in a number of group shows including a collaborative project in Rennes, he was winner of the Bath Open Art prize in 2013 and the 2012 National Sculpture Prize, Broonhill Sculpture Park.

Adams has curated twice for Fringe Arts Bath: 'Sum - The Contemporary Sublime' in 2017 and 'A Given Structure' in 2014, and has a number of years experience in independent gallery management and exhibition curation.



Image © Robert Hewer, Harry

1st Prize winner - Bath Open Art Prize 2014 #FaB14

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Important dates for The Bath Open Art Prize 2018

Sat 28th April 2018

11.59pm - Submission deadline

Sat 5th May

Artists selected for the exhibition will be informed

Sun 20th & Mon 21st May

Accepted works are to be delivered to the venue, 44ad Artspace

Fri 25th May

Opening night for Fringe Arts Bath Festival 2018

Mon 28th May

Award winners will be announced at the prize giving evening (bank holiday weekend)

25th May to 10th June

Exhibition dates for The Bath Open Art Prize & FaB Festival 2018


Video © Nelmarie du Preez, To Stab

1st Prize winner - The Bath Open Art Prize 2015 - #FaB15

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Image © Dorcas Casey, detail of 'goat 1'

The Bath Open Art Prize 2012 #FaB12