“Oh good,” you were thinking, “What the world needs; another art competition.” But hold on…
What about this for a thought:
A new international art competition show started by a non-profit entrepreneur, artists and his colleagues. They were irritated by the plethora of institutionalized, connection-driven artwork being shown in competitions. The composition of the panel of judges in many award shows often provides some indication of who holds the influence institutionally and internationally, as well as rising stars. The overall loser seemed to be the artist. Not to mention the audience this alienated. In addition, they found much of the contemporary art derivative. And as writer and critic Matthew Collins stated,
“Contemporary art is fast, amusing, brittle, entertaining. I like it. But I see it for what it is. Its visual level - the level of visual pleasure - is low. Its ideas level is high. Not that the ideas are highbrow - they're not - but there are very many of them. If you want the deep stuff, you've got to go to the past. And if you do that, you'll have a better perspective from which to evaluate the present.”
This is true, but they believe that truly creative, original, skillful, deep work has yet to be seen; work that deserves to be seen by a wider audience--work that has the ability to change the current visual landscape. Therefore, they decided to create a vehicle for facilitating contact between uniquely talented artists and an international audience. Thus…London International Creative Competition (L.I.C.C.).
L.I.C.C. has a small jury, made up of only the best in the world, with proven artistic expertise, and absolutely nothing to prove. The chosen artists will be awarded with an exhibition in London and will be featured in the high-quality exhibition catalog.