FISAE Open Ex-Libris Competition
with Awards by
the Keith Wingrove Memorial Trust

We invite artists from all countries to participate in this competition. It aims to promote the commissioning of contemporary exlibris and encourage use of all techniques for their production.

In addition to a first prize of £1,250 there are subsidiary open prizes plus additional awards for student artists resident in (1) the UK & Republic of Ireland and (2) Australia, New Zealand & Canada. This reflects our particular desire to encourage participation by young artists currently studying art.

The deadline for receipt of entries is 31 March 2020.

This competition is being organised by The Bookplate Society on behalf of FISAE, with the prize pool generously sponsored by the Keith Wingrove Memorial Trust. In addition, Ms Christine Bell has kindly donated funds for an extra award.

Keith Everard Wingrove (1910-1995) was an Australian-born collector of art, books and exlibris. He was a member of The Bookplate Society and well known to the international exlibris fellowship of his time. Of note, Wingrove had personal pictorial bookplates designed by Mark Severin, Yoichi Kenmoku, Derek Riley, Norman Lindsay and Lionel Lindsay. The Keith Wingrove Memorial Trust was established to conduct the Australian Bookplate Design Award which is itself running a separate competition with high value prizes (entry deadline for that award is mid-October 2020).



Regulations for the International Exlibris Competition being held in conjunction with the 38th FISAE Congress in London 12-16 August 2020

1. Artists of all nationalities and all ages can submit work for this exhibition. There is no entry fee.

2. The deadline for receiving entries is 31 March 2020.

3. All artists should remember that an ex-libris is an individually designed label with the function of identifying the ownership of books. Under its statutes, FISAE is a federation of ex-libris societies. Its competitions and exhibitions are thus limited to ex-libris and are not open to free graphics. Every ex-libris submitted must contain the text EX LIBRIS in full (no abbreviations) or alternative words of book ownership. The design must include the full name of the owner. Initials are permitted for given names, for example P.J Smith. The owner must be a living person or existing institution.

4. All graphic techniques capable of producing multiple images including computer generated design (CGD) are eligible.

5. No unique drawings, photographs, photocopies, sketches or copies of original work are eligible.

6. Ex-libris must have been made in the period 2018 to 2020.

7. Ex-libris must be printed on paper not larger than 210 x 150 mm (A5). The longer side of the design should not be more than 140 mm.

8. Each participant may send one, two or three different ex-libris. Four examples of each design should be sent.

9. There is no set theme for this competition. The jury will evaluate the effectiveness of the design for its function as a label identifying ownership of a book. Jury members will look for harmonious integration of text with image. Good quality lettering will be of importance to the jury. It is essential that text is of sufficient size to be clearly readable.

10(i) The artist must sign and number each print in pencil below the image.
10(ii) On the reverse the following details must be given: First name and family name of the artist (in Roman alphabet); and the work number as on the entry form (1,2 or 3).
If transparent paper has been used, the details requested in 10 ii (above) should be typed on a separate piece of paper and sent with the ex-libris.

11. Any script may be used within the ex-libris design but if it is not in English please provide an English translation on a separate piece of paper.

12. The participant must complete and sign the entry form and send it together with the graphic prints in one flat package. Artists wishing to be considered for the prizes restricted to students should provide details of their college/school, of their course & year, and have their form signed by their head of department. The jury will verify these details before a prize is awarded.

13. All material submitted will become the property of the organiser of this competition. No material will be returned. It is intended that a full set of all ex-libris submitted will be deposited permanently in Australia with the State Library of Victoria.

14. All submitted works will be evaluated by the jury of five persons: Martin Baeyens, artist; Anne Desmet RA RE, artist; Andy English, artist; Peter Ford RWA RE, artist and curator (Chair) and Wuon-Gean Ho, artist and writer. The decision of the jury is final.

15. By submitting work to this competition the artist agrees that, in relation to the event, images can be used at the discretion of the organisers for exhibition or publishing by FISAE and/or its member societies.Outside this competition standard copyright rules apply.

16. At the time of issuing these rules (May 2019) it is not known whether or not there will be external financial support to enable design and printing of a full colour catalogue of material chosen for exhibition. A more modest alternative may have to be adopted. It will not be possible to send copies to artists free of charge.

17. Prizes: Thanks to the generosity of the Trustees of The Keith Wingrove Memorial Fund, also a donation by Ms Christine Bell, the jury will award

a FIRST PRIZE of £1,250,
a SECOND PRIZE of £750,
and a THIRD PRIZE OF £500.

In addition there will be THREE FURTHER PRIZES of £500 each, namely
the CHRISTINE BELL PRIZE for an artist under 35 years of age, and
two STUDENT ARIST PRIZES for
(1) an art student living in either the UK or the Republic of Ireland, and
(2) an art student living in Australia, New Zealand or Canada.

These prizes will be awarded on the occasion of the congress exhibition opening ceremony on Wednesday, 12 August 2020.

18. The Jury has the right not to award a prize, or to reallocate prize monies if considered appropriate.

19. The deadline for arrival of the artworks is 31 March 2020. Ex-libris received after this date will not be accepted for the competition. The address for sending the work is:
Off-Centre Gallery, 13 Cotswold Road, BRISTOL, BS3 4NX, United Kingdom.
Please write on the outside of the packet:
Ex libris competition. PRINTED MATTER, not for commerce.
Customs forms, if required, should declare the material as a gift. Do not put a value greater than £12.

20. In the context of this event participants' details will be shared with competition organisers, jury members and included in the catalogue listing.

21. By submitting material each participant confirms that this is his or her own work and agrees to be bound by the competition rules.

22. If you have any questions please contact us by email to peteraford@tiscali.co.uk

Entry Form

When sending in your entry, please look again at regulations 12 and 19. Then print and complete the
ENTRY FORM (pdf)
and the Jury and congress exhibition colleagues very much look forward to receiving your entry.



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