How to Judge Art Prize

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Is the mount neat and clean? Are the hooks properly attached? Are the edges neatly finished? Is the work carefully presented, neatly finished, no signs of damage or rough finish?

Art Worthiness

Is it a good composition? Is it balanced on the mount to the best advantage. Do the colours work well to enhance the composition? Are there interesting textures, or purposely, no textures?


Has the artist taken a risk in making this work? Was the artist successful?


Does the work make me want to keep looking at it? Do I want to know more about what I am looking at? Have I seen this kind of work before and is this as good or better than the type of work I have seen before? Is it something completely new that I have not experienced before?


Has the artist handled the media of choice well?


Did I go back and have another look?


Is this work of a good standard: has it been carefully painted or does it look rushed/rough? Is it purposely finished roughly, and does that add to its attraction?


Am I smiling when I look at this work? Am I reacting in any way when I look at it? Has the artist caused me to react in a positive way?

The above judging criteria and comments have been provided for the purpose of education and do not represent the views, opinions or position of judges, officials or the RA&HS. Any resemblance to actual persons, competitors, or exhibits living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

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