The Club’s highly regarded Annual Exhibition returns this August to the Assembly Room in Chichester after our enforced break, running between Saturday 6th and Saturday 13th August. It’s now time to start the planning, but as it’s three years since we held our Annual Exhibition, I’m aware that our newer members will not have taken part or indeed perhaps ever even seen the exhibition.
Because of that, and as it might seem this is very early to begin our planning, I’m starting with some background information and to encourage all Club members to take part in this special opportunity to show your work to a wider audience.
The Exhibition takes place over a week and attracts visitors from far and wide – usually well over 1,000 over the period. It is open to all members in both print and PDI categories, and all members are guaranteed at least one image will be accepted.
Unlike the Spring Exhibition and North Mundham, this exhibition is judged, this year by Chris Palmer FRPS EFIAP DPAGB APAGB, on Thursday 9th June, who will select a number of awards and trophies. Along with the trophies won by members during the season (such as the league winners in PDIs and Prints), the awards are made at the Exhibition Preview Evening on Friday 5th August which is open to all members and their family and friends as well as the Club’s invited guests.
As well as the Selection Committee then deciding on the images to be included in the Exhibition, the layout of the display boards has to be arranged and a catalogue for the Exhibition produced and printed – hence what might seem like a long lead in time.
You can enter work that you have shown during the season, or work that is new and there is full guidance on how to submit both Prints and PDIs, available here (guidance for entrants). The upload site and boxes for prints will be open from Thursday 17th March, with a deadline of Thursday 12th May. This year we will also have drop off points for prints, available until the same deadline.
The Exhibition has an excellent reputation, and is also a wonderful social occasion – as you might guess, we need lots of volunteers and help to make the event successful – most importantly of course, a good body of work to exhibit.
The featured image shows setting up the exhibition in 2018, by Lorna Brown