5 Decades of Carnival Art Competition

Create a winning work of art for a major carnival exhibition.

5 Decades of Carnival is an exhibition of 3D artworks taking place in The Tabernacle Courtyard from August 1st until October. The exhibition is a celebration of Carnival Arts and the rich cultural history of Notting Hill Carnival.

Entry Guidelines

What is the deadline for submitting my design?
The entry deadline is 16 June 2016

When will I find out if my design has been successful?
The four successful entries will be informed on 22 June

I’ve got a great idea for an artwork, but are there any guidelines I should follow?
Good question! Yes:
1. The work should reflect and celebrate Notting Hill Carnival.
2. The height of the work should be a maximum of 1.5 – 2m.
3. The work will be displayed outside, therefore should be able to withstand sun (we’re hopeful) rain and wind.
4. The Tabernacle Courtyard is very busy and very family friendly, so avoid sharp edges.
5. The prize for each winning entry is £1,000, which will also need to cover the cost of its materials and any plinth.
6. The work must be completed by 1 August.

How do I submit my design and what information should I include?
You will need to provide the following:
1. A drawing of your design with a specification sheet of how you are going to build the artwork.
2. We want to know what inspired you, in no more than 150 words.
3. Tell us about yourself or your group, in no more than 150 words.
4. Include your name, email and a contact phone number.
5. Submit your design via email to admin@carnivalvillage.org.uk or in person at The Tabernacle, 35 Powis Square, W11 2AY. Envelopes no larger than A3 marked ‘5 Decades of Carnival Art Competition Entry’

What category should I enter into?
There are four categories:
1. Primary Schools.
2. Art Students.
3. Artists – working artists who have previously exhibited.
4. Emerging Artists – artists who have never exhibited.

I’ve got an idea for a design; do I have to build it?
Yes, you or your team must build it (Primary schools: see note below).

We’re a primary school, we have a great idea for design, but we don’t think we will be able to build it. Can we get some help?
We’d really love primary schools to get involved so, if you need some help or someone to build for you. Carnival Artist Carl Gabriel will be able to help you.

Ok, so, my design has been selected and I’m going to build it for the exhibition, what happens next?
Congratulations! These are the things you need to consider.

1. Your work must be ready for 1 August, the Exhibition opening.
2. Remember, this exhibition will be outside for 3 months, it needs to be able to withstand the elements.
3. We will inform you of optional guidance sessions.

Queries and digital entries