Competitions

Chalkstream by Joan Lee

We hold a number of competitions each year exclusively for our members.  Each has its own individual rules of entry which are detailed below.  Please check them carefully before preparing your entry. Please also note that for all entries, the winner must be present on the competition evening. 

Copyright guidelines for all competition entries

Please remember, you are responsible for the originality of your own work.

  1.  All competition entries must be an original work of art. 
  2. Copyright of all work remains the property of the artist, and Fareham Art Group will not be held responsible for any work entered into a competition by members that infringes copyright law.
  3. You may work from photographs provided you have exclusive permission to do so in writing, or are the copyright owner.  You may not include work from published photographs or images from the internet unless you have permission to use the image or own the copyright.  Your source material must be made available on request.  There are a number of internet sites which offer free images for artists use.
  4. If you do not follow the competition rules this may result in your entry being refused or removed from the competition.
  5. Where an award has been made and the entry is subsequently found to have breached copyright, the award will be removed and given to the person placed next in the competition.
  6. Paintings created in artist-led workshops using the photographic reference provided by the artist are not eligible for entry into any Fareham Art Group competitions.

Competition summary

WhenCompetition TitleMedium / Style / themeJudging
AprilThe Molly Dicker Trophy
Drawing medium ie: without any wetting agent/medium
Independelntly judged by an invited guest artist
AprilThe Sylvanarth TrophyDrawing medium ie: without any wetting agent/medium
Independelntly judged by an invited guest artist
JuneThe Val Carter AwardAny medium/ style may vary / theme: WildlifeIndependelntly judged by an invited guest artist
During our Annual Exhibition
(presented at the AGM)
The Don Parmiter AwardAny medium/ style may vary /theme will varyJudged by visitor’s vote to our annual exhibition
During our Annual Exhibition
(presented at the AGM)
The John Rashley TrophyAny medium/ style may vary /theme will varyAwarded by the Mayor of Fareham for their choice from
the exhbition entries
OctoberThe jenny Jennings TrophyAny medium/ style may vary /theme will varyAwarded by popular vote of members attending the AGM
OctoberThe Diamond TrophyAny medium/ style may vary /theme will varyAwarded by the President of Fareham Art Group at our AGM
for the entry of their choice
DecemberThe Jack Smith TrophyAny / seasonal themeAwarded by popular vote of members attending the Christmas Party

Note: We like to celebrate the achievements of our competition winners by sharing presentation photographs and pictures of the winning entries in our newsletter, on our website and our Facebook pages (note:  We do tag or not name individuals on our group Facebook page). 
We publish a list of Competition winners on Fareham Art Group website in our Competition Hall of Fame.  If you do not want your photograph shared in this way please tell a member of Fareham Art Group Committee.

The Molly Dicker Trophy

The Molly Dicker Trophy competition is a drawing competition. this means that all entries are created without adding water or any other wetting Agent.

Competition guidelines

1. The competition is open to members of Fareham Art Group and is aimed at artists of all abilities.

2. Entries may be in any suitable drawing media for example pen, ink, pencils, charcoal, pastel etc.  For the purposes of this competition, drawing means ‘without adding water or other wetting agent/medium’.

3. The competition is judged by an invited guest artist.

4. The Molly Dicker trophy is awarded for first place.

5. Certificates are awarded for first, second and third place, and certificates of merit (Commended Certificates) may be awarded at the discretion of the judge.

6. The competition winner keeps the trophy until the following year’s competition but must return it to the Committee before or at the subsequent Molly Dicker competition.

7.  Please remember, you are responsible for the originality of your own work. Any entry found breaching copyright will be removed from the competition.

About the Molly Dicker trophy

Molly was a past president of Fareham Art Group and a well known Hampshire artist. She instigated this competition to demonstrate drawing ability. Each April we hold the Molly Dicker trophy competition and entries can be in any drawing media

The Sylvanarth Trophy

The Sylvanarth Trophy is awarded by the President of Fareham Art Group for an entry chosen from the field of paintings in the Molly Dicker drawing competition.

Competition guidelines

1. The competition is open to members of Fareham Art Group. 

2. Entries may be in any suitable drawing media for example pen, ink, pencils, charcoal, pastel etc.  For the purposes of this competition, drawing means ‘without adding water or other wetting agent/medium’.

3. The competition is judged by the President and the trophy awarded to the ‘President’s Pick’.

4. Certificates are awarded for first, second and third place.  In line with the Molly Dicker trophy which runs concurrently, Commended certificates are not awarded on this occasion.

5. The competition winner keeps the trophy until the following year’s competition but must return it to the Committee before or at the subsequent Sylvanarth Trophy Competition.

6.  Please remember, you are responsible for the originality of your own work. Any entry found breaching copyright will be removed from the competition.

About the Sylvanarth trophy

The Sylvanarth Trophy was presented to Fareham Art Group in 2012 in memory of its founder members Sylvia and Arthur Slinn by their son Ray. Ray asked that the trophy be awarded to “encourage new and less experienced artists” so we have linked it to our April (Molly Dicker) drawing competition. To enable a wider group of members to participate in this competition the award will become the Fareham Art Group’s ‘President’s Pick’.  The President will choose the painting that she feels merits the award, and will explain the criteria for her decision.

The Val Carter (Wildlife) Award

The Val Carter Award competition is focussed on wildlife each year, the theme and medium vary.

Val’s family have donated one of her sculptures which we will award each year in her memory.  With this in mind we are introducing a new competition focussed on wildlife each year.

Competition guidelines

1. The competition is open to members of Fareham Art Group and is aimed at artists of all abilities.

2. The definition of wildlife is: living things, for example, insects, mammals, birds, and fish that are neither human nor domesticated.

3. Entries may be in any media.

4. The competition is judged by an independent invited guest artist.

5. The Val Carter trophy is awarded to first place.

6. Certificates are awarded for first, second and third place, and certificates of merit (Commended Certificates) may be awarded at the discretion of the judge.

7. The competition winner keeps the trophy until the following year’s competition but must return it to the Committee before or at the subsequent Val Carter trophy competition.

8.  Please remember, you are responsible for the originality of your own work. Any entry found breaching copyright will be removed from the competition.

About the Val Carter award

Val Carter was a member of Fareham Art Group for over 30 years, and the Groups Chief Tutor for much of that time Val was an accomplished artist and worked in all media. She took part enthusiastically in workshops and competitions throughout her membership and greatly encouraged others in their painting. Val was a longstanding member of an international wildlife association, and passionate about painting wildlife

Val passed away in October 2017 at the age of 92. Her family has donated one of her sculptures which we will award each year in her memory. Val was a longstanding member of an international wildlife association, and passionate about painting wildlife so it is only fitting that the competition is on the subject of wildlife. Each June we hold the Val Carter award.

The Don Parmeter Award

The Don Parmeter award is given for the entry at our annual exhibition which receives the most votes from the visiting public. The painting can be in any medium or style and of any subject.

Competition guidelines

1. The exhibition is open to members of Fareham Art Group and is aimed at artists of all abilities.

2. Entries may be in any media.

3. The competition is judged by member’s vote and the Don Parmeter award is presented for the entry with the most votes from members of the public.

4. . The competition winner keeps the trophy until the following year’s competition but must return it to the Committee before the exhibition, or at the exhibition preview evening..

5.  Please remember, you are responsible for the originality of your own work. Any entry found breaching copyright will be removed from the competition.

About the Don Parmeter award

Don was a member of Fareham Art Group for many years and a previous Chairman. He always supported the exhibitions and competitions entering some superb oil paintings, and on many occasions his paintings were competition winners or voted “Best in Show”. The Don Parmiter trophy is presented to the member whose painting receives the most votes from visitors at our annual exhibition.

The John Rashley Trophy

John Rashley trophy is awarded by the Mayor of Fareham for their favourite entry at the Fareham Art Group Annual Exhibition. The trophy is awarded at the groups AGM in October.

Competition guidelines

1. The exhibition is open to members of Fareham Art Group and is aimed at artists of all abilities.

2. Entries may be in any media.

3. The competition is judged by the Mayor of Fareham.

4. The competition winner keeps the trophy until the following year’s competition but must return it to the Committee before the exhibition, or at the exhibition preview evening..

5.  Please remember, you are responsible for the originality of your own work. Any entry found breaching copyright will be removed from the competition.

About the John Rashley trophy

John was a past Chairman of the group and involved in setting up the painting sessions and the Trophy was instigated in his memory. Each year, at our annual exhibition the John Rashley trophy, a wooden hulled boat with glass rigging, will be awarded by the Mayor of Fareham to the artist of their chosen favourite painting.

The Jenny Jennings Trophy

The Jenny Jennings competition is judged at the Fareham Art Group AGM by popular member’s vote.

Competition guidelines

1. The competition is open to members of Fareham Art Group and is aimed at artists of all abilities.

2. Entries may be in any media. 

3. The competition is judged by member’s vote and the trophy awarded to the entry with the most votes.

4. Certificates are awarded for first, second and third place.  (NB:  Commended certificates are not awarded at this competition as it is not being independently judged by an invited guest artist).

5. The competition winner keeps the trophy until the following year’s competition but must return it to the Committee before or at the subsequent Jenny Jennings competition.

6.  Please remember, you are responsible for the originality of your own work. Any entry found breaching copyright will be removed from the competition.

About the Jenny Jennings trophy

Jenny was a very longstanding member of the Group and a past Chairman She had a lively mind and was always very interested to hear news of the Group. Her trophy is a figurine.

 The Diamond Trophy

The Fareham Art Group Diamond takes place annually at our Annual General Meeting. the award was introduced in 2010 to celebrate our 60th year as a club and until 2014 was awarded to the best picture by a ‘new artist’.  To enable a wider group of members to participate in this competition for this award it is now presented by the President of Fareham Art Group at our annual general meeting for the entry in the Jenny Jennings competitioin that she feels merits the award. The President applies her own criteria, and will explain why she has chosen the winning entry.

Competition guidelines

1. The competition is open to members of Fareham Art Group.  

2. Entries may be in any media. 

3. The competition is judged by the President and the trophy awarded to the ‘President’s Pick’.

4. Certificates are awarded for first, second and third place.  In line with the Jenny Jennings trophy which runs concurrently, Commended certificates are not awarded.

5. The competition winner keeps the trophy until the following year’s competition but must return it to the Committee before or at the subsequent Diamond Trophy competition.

6.  Please remember, you are responsible for the originality of your own work. Any entry found breaching copyright will be removed from the competition.

The Jack Smith Trophy

Jack Smith was a past Chairman of Fareham Art Group and the Jack Smith Painting Competition is held annually at our Christmas party and awarded by popular member’s vote.

Competition guidelines

1. The competition is open to members of Fareham Art Group and is aimed at artists of all abilities.

2. Entries may be in any media.

3. The competition is judged by member’s vote and the Jack Smith trophy awarded to the entry with the most votes.

4. Certificates are awarded for first, second and third place.  (NB:  Commended certificates are not awarded at this competition as it is not being independently judged by an invited guest artist).

5. The competition winner keeps the trophy until the following year’s competition but must return it to the Committee before or at the subsequent Jack Smith competition.

 6.  Please remember, you are responsible for the originality of your own work. Any entry found breaching copyright will be removed from the competition.

About the Jack Smith Trophy

The trophy, a sculpture of a lioness, was Jack’s last unfinished work, it was completed by his friend Jack Kempt and presented to Fareham Art Group by Jack Smith’s sister