London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) July 18, 2008 -- The Saatchi Gallery has launched an online international art competition open to all artists and students from around the world. The winning work from the competition will be displayed for three months in the new Saatchi Gallery when it opens later this year.
This competition, Showdown, asks any artist who wishes to take part to upload an image of their art onto Your Gallery online site (www.saatchigallery.com/showdown). All visitors to the site are then free to vote on all artworks, scoring them from one to ten (one being the lowest score and ten the highest). Voting will start on Monday March 5 at 9am and will run for the next seven days. The two artworks with the highest overall scores will then go head-to-head with visitors voting on these two head-to-head works for a further seven days. After twelve rounds all the head-to-head victors enter a knockout phase, until the final showdown, to choose an overall winner. Throughout the seven day head-to-head vote, artists are able to enter one of their works for the next round of the contest, so that the process is continuous. Artists are able to enter every round of the contest that they wish to. The competition will last six months with the winning artist receiving Â£1000 in prize money as well as a place in The Saatchi Gallery for three months. The runner up will also receive Â£750.
Showdown opened to artists to upload an image of their work for the competition at the beginning of this week (February 26). Daily hits to the site since Showdown was launched have almost doubled to just over 10 million per day. The competition was created by The Saatchi Gallery team as a way for artists to show their work to a wide audience. A spokesperson for The Saatchi Gallery said: "Our team here are constantly searching for new ways for artists on our site to get their work seen; and judging by the number of hits the site is receiving per day so far, we expect the winning artist's work to have been voted for by a big international audience."
Showdown is an addition to Your Gallery (www.saatchigallery.com/YourGallery) an online initiative created by The Saatchi Gallery that provides a free global platform for all artists to promote their work. Through Your Gallery, more than 40,000 artists and 6,000 students are now using the established banner of The Saatchi Gallery to introduce a wave of diverse new works to a far broader audience than they might otherwise reach. The Saatchi Gallery logs an average of 40 million hits a day, as artists, collectors, dealers, students, and all those interested in contemporary art access visuals and information directly, view the site's online daily magazine and blog, and chat live. The artists, including many promising young students, represent every aspect and trend in modern art, including video. The Saatchi Gallery website is now the largest interactive art gallery in the world.