The Constance Fairness Foundation Prize

Citizen artists and designers
take a good hard look at our socio-economic reality

Prize fund: £10,000

The Royal College of Art is delighted to announce the launch of the first Constance Fairness Foundation Prize, generously supported by The Constance Fairness Foundation.

Photomontage by Peter Kennard
Photomontage from the book @earth by Peter Kennard assisted by Tarek Salhany (Tate Publishing, 2011)

Competition Brief

This art competition is your chance to respond, through your work, to the recent handling and the implications of the global financial crisis. You are invited to make wall-based work relating to this subject in any medium and from any point of view.
Size restrictions of the original artwork are:

•    2 dimensional work maximum length or height 1,5 meters
•    3 dimensional work maximum length or height 1,5 meters, maximum width 30cm, works must be able to be hung on wall

The competition is sponsored by The Constance Fairness Foundation whose statement about the economic crisis is printed below.

The issue is of vital importance to all of us so it’s important that students and alumni from every discipline feel able to submit work. The brief can be interpreted in the widest possible way. It could be in the form of a satire or a parody, a sober document or a flight of fancy, a poster, drawing, photograph, painting or hanging construction. It could be the documentation of a proposal for a work that is intended to take place outside the gallery.
How the economic crisis is affecting people cries out for a response in all creative disciplines. We are asking you as citizen artists and designers to take a good hard look at our socio-economic reality.


5 Prizes at £2,000 each


RCA students and Alumni (up to and including graduation year 2000). Students and alumni from the crisis countries such as Greece, Portugal and Ireland are especially encouraged to take part and offer their potentially, unique insight.


It is your chance to respond to the recent handling and the ramifications of the global financial crisis. Please read the brief above carefully for more details.


You are invited to submit up to 3 images in jpg format by email to:

Submissions must contain the following: name, course or graduation year and phone number. Jpgs should have a resolution of 100 dpi. The shortest side of the image should be a maximum of 1,000 pixels.


Entries must be submitted no later than Monday 14 November 2011.

Shortlisted entries will be notified by email by the week commencing 28 November 2011.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to submit the original artworks by Tuesday 13 December 2011.

An exhibition of shortlisted entries will be on show at the RCA from 14 to 16 December 2011. Final Judging, awarding ceremony and reception will take place on Wednesday 14 December 2011, 6.30pm-8.30pm.

Shortlisted artists are expected to attend the ceremony and reception.

Work submitted can be claimed after 16 December 2011 from the Development Office, Rectorate, Darwin Building. The RCA will accept no responsibility for works not claimed by 9 January 2012.


Development Office
Rectorate, Darwin Building
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