Schools’/Colleges Open Visual Arts Competition

We invite entries for the above Visual Arts Competition. This event will showcase, 2D, 3D, and Photography work by students and young people between 11 and 25 years of age who live in or attend school/college in the Somerset West and Taunton area. 
This year, due to Covid-19 and its restrictions, the artwork for the competition and exhibition will be entered in digital format – a photograph of the artwork will need to be prepared. 


The competition features voucher prizes, certificates of merit, and a digital exhibition at CICCIC Paul Street, Taunton between October 13th and 24th 2020.

NEW CLOSING DATE!FRIDAY October 9th at midnight.

Competition Details

The Tyca Festival Competition will this year accept entries in two age groups:● School Years 7-11 (11 to 16 years of age)● School Year 12+ (16+ to 25 years of age)

This is an OPEN SUBJECT competition and your original artwork should be entered in one of the following categories:

    2D: painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, collage
    3D: ceramics, sculpture, jewellery, construction

All secondary students and young people up to the age of 25 living in or attending school/college in the Somerset West and Taunton area are invited to participate. 
One piece of artwork per category is allowed, but entrants may enter more than one category. 
Artwork can be created while the student attends school/college. During the registration process, students will be asked to list their teacher’s name for artwork if it was created in class during school. We want to acknowledge the contribution of Art Teachers on behalf of our students and community. Artwork that was created outside of school may submitted so long as the work was the sole work of the entrant.

Judges/Judging Criteria

An independent panel of judges with experience in (practicing, teaching, or representing) the categories will judge the competition. The criteria used for judging are:• Creativity and originality
• Content
• Degree of expertise in the chosen medium


Voucher Prizes will be awarded for the best in each category. 
There will be times set aside at CICCIC on Saturday October 17th for the awarding of prize vouchers and certificates for each section winners and runners-up in both age groups.


This is a digital exhibition and there are strict rules for size of images that can be uploaded to the screens. Images should be 1920 x 1080 pixels landscape and 1080x1920 pixels portrait.
Please view the video below for a clear and detailed guide to preparing the image of your artwork.

[NB Photopea is a FREE online photo editor if you do not have access to Photoshop]
All artwork files (saved in jpg format) should be clearly labelled with name of artist and title of work.

Entry Details

Please download and complete an entry form from the Tyca or Go Create website, email completed entry form with the image(s) of your artwork for submission attached to your email.
Email to:- ku.gro.etaercog%40zil
Closing date for entries FRIDAY October 9th at midnight.


Winners will be notified personally by email to the address on the entry form.
Winners will be invited to receive their prizes at a specified time on Saturday October 17th at CICCIC