the 10 Finalists of the
FID Prize 2016 are:





Prizes

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Finalists: Each of the Grand Prize Finalists will be awarded a written analysis of her/his work: a text signed by Brett Littman, Executive Director of the Drawing Center, NY and President of the 2016 FID Prize Jury; a text which s/he will have the right to use in her/his professional communication, for the entire duration of her/his professional life.

Jury

The international FID Prize contest is organised by FID, an independent cultural institution specialised in the patronage of expertise.

“C’est par le dessin qu’on apprend le mieux à voir et on ne devrait jamais oublier cette phrase si juste de Goethe : «Was ich nicht gezeichnet habe, habe ich nicht gesehen».”
“Drawing is the key to seeing and one should never forget Goethe’s apt dictum «What I haven’t drawn, I haven’t seen».”

Philippe de Montebello

“My hope is that the artists who apply for the 2016 FID Prize 
deeply respect what drawing can be and can achieve.”
Brett Littman (see full interview)

 

Regulations

The international FID Prize contest is organised by FID, an independent cultural institution specialised in the patronage of expertise. The institution, dedicated to contemporary drawing, was founded in Paris in 2007.

This seventh edition of the contest takes place 100% online. It is open to artists from around the world, without any age limit. The subjects, techniques and dimensions are entirely at the discretion of the participants. The contest is independent of any aesthetic or commercial strategy. It is open to all modes of expression, from the most traditional to the most experimental.

The Jury pays attention to the manner in which the poetic state is expressed graphically by the line, both in the act of drawing and in the drawing as a work. It takes into consideration the impact of the drawing on its audience.

The functioning costs of the contest and the Grand Prize are entirely financed by the inscription fees: US$50 / €45 per applicant, settled upon registration.

All stages of the contest take place online: registration, voting, announcements, prizes.

All artists participating in the contest have the certainty that a Jury consisting of experts in contemporary drawing will examine their work: Directors of major museums, gallerists, artists, poets, collectors…

The Laureate will be awarded the Grand Prize: US$3.000.

Each of the Grand Prize Finalists will be awarded a written analysis of her/his work: a text signed by Brett Littman, Executive Director of the Drawing Center, NY and President of the 2016 FID Prize Jury. Finalists will have the right to use these texts in their professional communication.

In the future Finalists may be invited to serve on the Jury.

The 1 -› 2 -› 3 stages of the contest:

  1. Enrollment
  2. Selection of Candidates and Nominees
  3. Selection of Finalists and of the Laureate

Procedure

  • Registration will open on Tuesday 1 December 2015 at 09:00 UTC and will close on Friday 4 December 2015 at 17:00 UTC at the address: http://FIDprize.org/apply.
  • The number of applications will be limited.
  • Registration fees of US$50,00 / €45,00 are payable upon registration and will only be reimbursed in case of cancellation of the event by the organisers.
  • First online announcement of the results of the contest (Candidates): 20 December 2015.
  • Second online announcement of the results of the contest (Nominees): 4 January 2016.
  • Third online announcement of the results of the contest (Finalists and Laureate) mid January 2016.
  • In a first round of voting, applicants who will have received at least one vote by a Member of the Jury will be recognised as Candidates. Those who will have received 2 or more votes become Nominees and will be invited to submit 4 complementary JPGs. A second round of voting will select, on the basis of the complementary folder, the FID Prize Finalists, from whose ranks the 2016 Grand Prize Laureate will be chosen.
  • The results of each stage of the contest (Candidates, Nominees, Finalists, Laureate) will be posted on FIDprize.org.

FID advises artists to register their applications at the start of the contest and not to wait until the last day. Too large a number of simultaneous operations may saturate the website and thus disrupt the registration of applications.

FAQ

Why participate?

When you register, you are sure that your drawings will be seen by world-renowned experts such as:

And also by poets, famous artists, international collectors or past Laureates of the FID Prize.
Winner or not, you gain, from the beginning, visibility in the art world that only the FID Prize can offer you.

I have already participated in the FID Prize contest in the past: can I still participate this year?

Yes! We consider the fact that former participants return as a recognition of the value and usefulness of the contest. Thank you for your loyalty!

How to choose my 4 drawings? Should they be consistent with each other?

Avoid great differences. Give priority to your recent drawings, those made in the last two or three years. Make sure that the 4 drawings represent your best effort.

Is the quality of the photographs of my drawings important?

It is very important! The better the photograph, the better the jury is able to judge. Don’t forget that the selection of the candidates is done exclusively on the basis of the images of the drawings as the jury sees them online: format JPG, 1000 x 1000 pixels. Each image shouldn’t be bigger than 1MB.

May I replace a drawing once my application has been registered?

No. As long as you haven’t settled the registration fee, your application remains open and may be modified – and the drawings may be replaced. Once the registration fee has been settled, the application is definite.

I don’t have a PayPal account. How can I pay?

PayPal accepts all major credit and debit cards: so you do not need a PayPal account to pay. However, if you would like to create one please follow this link to the Paypal website.

Why should I pay $50 / €45 for registration?

FID is a not for profit cultural institution whose patronage consists only of expertise. Its only fixed source of income is the registration fees for the contest. FID has operated at its own expense, without any government support, since 2007.

Are my registration fees ($50 / €45 ) refundable?

These fees are only refundable in one case: if the contest has to be canceled by the decision of the organizers.

How will I know if my registration has been received and validated?

As soon as you have paid your registration fees ($50 / €45) you will receive a payment confirmation from PayPal. This confirmation is the proof of your registration for the competition. You will also receive a FID email, which is a second confirmation of your registration.

When and how will I know if I have been selected?

Announcement of the Candidates on the site: 20 December. At each stage: 1) selection of Candidates, 2) Nominees, 3) Finalists, 4) Laureate, the results are posted online at thefid.org
For the applicants whose names are not on the list of Candidates, the competition is unfortunately over. The jury will choose the Nominees among the Candidates in January 2016.

If I am selected as a Finalist, why is it so important to receive as prize an analysis of my drawings signed by Brett Littman and Jury?

Such a text has a double value. It is, above all, a compass, a guide for the years to come on your difficult path of making art. Moreover, it is also a prestigious document, which you and the galleries you work with may use in your professional communication; it constitutes an endorsement that will inevitably encourage your collectors, your gallerists and institutions to follow you.
Poet and philosopher, Brett Littman directs the most influential, internationally recognized institution dedicated to contemporary drawing. Without the quality of the jury and without the quality of support that FID provides to artists, Brett Littman might not have agreed to chair the 2016 FID Prize Jury.

When and how will the 2016 Grand Prize winner receive his reward of $ 3,000?

The Laureate will receive the Grand Prize by international bank transfer in February 2016, after the end of the 7th edition of the contest.

Apply

Registration will open on Tuesday 1 December 2015 at 9:00 UTC and will close on Friday 4 December 2015 at 5:00 p.m..
The registration time will be limited and the number of applications will be limited.

  1. Carefully read the regulations before the start of registration (Tuesday 1 December).
  2. Select your 4 drawings before the start of registration. The selection of the candidates is done exclusively on the basis of the
    images of the drawings as the jury sees them online: format JPG/JPEG, 1000 x 1000 pixels. The images shouldn’t be bigger than 1MB.

FID advises artists to register their applications at the start of the contest and not to wait until the last day. Too large a number of simultaneous operations may saturate the website and thus disrupt the registration of applications.

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