Rules of the 2017 FID Prize international drawing competition (8th edition)
The international FID Prize drawing contest is organised by FID, an independent cultural institution specialised in the patronage of the arts. The institution, dedicated to contemporary drawing, was founded in Paris in 2007.
This 8th edition of the contest takes place 100% online: registration, voting, and announcements. 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. FID is independent of any aesthetic or art-market strategy. It is open to all modes of expression, from the most traditional to the most experimental.
FID Prize 2017 Jury
Stages of the contest
- Enrolment: 1 to 4 December 2016
- Selection of Candidates: mid-December
- Selection of Nominees: end of December
- Selection of Finalists: beginning of January 2017
- Announcement of the Top Ten winners: mid-January 2017
- The FID Prize 2017 Digital Catalogue of the Top Ten: online at the end of January 2017
- Registration will open on Thursday 1 December 2016 and will close on Sunday 4 December 2016 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.
- Vote 1, followed by online announcements of the results of the preliminary contest (Candidates and Nominees)
- Vote 2, followed by online announcements of the results of the final contest (Finalists and the Top Ten).
- In the first round of voting, applicants who receive at least one vote from a Member of the Jury will be recognised as Candidates. Those who receive 2 or more votes become Nominees and will be invited to submit a second folder, a complementary application folder (images of four more drawings and a letter of motivation). A second round of voting will select, on the basis of the complementary folder, the FID Prize Finalists and then the Top Ten winners.
- The results of each stage of the contest (Candidates, Nominees, Finalists and Top Ten winners) will be posted on thefid.org and Facebook.
Each of the Top Ten winners will be awarded several texts on her/his work by the jury. These brief, analytical and critical notes, accompanying reproductions of their work, will be published in the Digital Catalogue, which constitutes the Grand Prize. Signed by such international figures as Brett Littman (President) and other Members of the Jury, the notes place the work of the winners in the broad perspective of the international contemporary art scene.
The number of applications being limited, 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.
The Grand Prize FID 2017 is the Digital Catalogue. Why is it so important to be selected as one of the FID Top Ten artists in the catalogue?
Winners’ drawings with critical notes by personalities such as Andrew Solomon or Brett Littman in the Digital Catalogue have a double value. They are, above all, a compass, a guide for the years to come on your difficult path of making art. Moreover, they also constitute a prestigious document, which you and the galleries you work with may use in your professional correspondence; they constitute an endorsement that will inevitably encourage your collectors, your gallerists and institutions to follow you.
Can I see what the Grand Prize FID 2017 Digital Catalogue will look like?
If you wish to see the 2016 Digital Catalogue click here
Why should I pay $50 / €45 for registration?
FID is an independent not-for-profit cultural institution. Its only fixed source of income is the FID Prize registration fees. Since 2007, FID has operated at its own expense, without any support, free of any aesthetic or art-market strategy. It is the only independent international drawing competition worldwide open to all modes of expression, from the most traditional to the most experimental.
I have already participated in the FID Prize contest in the past: can I still participate this year?
Yes: The fact that former participants return is a recognition of the value and usefulness of the contest. There are artists who participate every year. Thank you for your loyalty!
How do I 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 work.
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 – more or less. Each image shouldn’t be bigger than 1MB.
May I replace a drawing once my application has been registered?
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 definitive.
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.
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.
When and how will I know if I have been selected?
After registration, an announcement of the Candidates will be posted on the site in mid-December. At each stage, selection of 1) Candidates, 2) Nominees, 3) Finalists, 4) FID Top Ten winners, the results will be posted online at thefid.org and Facebook. For the applicants whose names are not on the list of Candidates, the competition is unfortunately over. The Jury will announce the Nominees from among the Candidates in late December 2016.