ANGUSalive Meffan Winter Show 2019

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ANGUSalive Meffan Winter Show 2019 will take place Saturday 16 November - Saturday 28 December 2019. 

We aim to exhibit the largest and most diverse exhibition of contemporary art, design and craft to be held in Angus this year, giving our visitors the opportunity to discover and enjoy.

ANGUSalive invited artists, designers and craftspeople from all over Scotland to be part of our biggest annual exhibition of contemporary art, the Meffan Winter Show. All pieces are eligible for the ANGUSalive Purchase Prize of £1,500 and the Colin Dakers Memorial Purchase Prize of £1,000. We also have the Visitors' Choice Award, a prize of £200 which is exclusively for amateur category artwork and chosen by public vote.

The ANGUSalive Meffan Winter Show 2019 will take place Saturday 16 November – Saturday 28 December 2019. We aim to exhibit the largest and most diverse exhibition of contemporary art, design and craft to be held in Angus this year, giving our visitors the opportunity to discover and enjoy.

Bruce Shaw & Black Spout

Bruce Shaw & Black Spout

Christine Wylie & Conus Ater

Christine Wylie & Conus Ater

Grace Maran & Two Girls

Grace Maran & Two Girls

Important Dates

Online submissions open | Friday 13 September 2019

Online submissions close | Sunday 13 October 2019

Artists' notification of pre selection | Monday 21 October 2019

Receiving days | Friday 1 and Saturday 2 November 2019 10.00am - 3.00pm

Final selection of work | Monday 11 November 2019

Winter Show Preview | Friday 15 November 2019 6.30pm to 8.30pm | Please RSVP if you wish to attend

Exhibition open | 16 Nov - 28 Dec 2019 | Tue – Sat 10am – 4pm

Collection of non-selected work | Tuesday 19 - Saturday 23 November 2019 10.00am - 3.00pm

Collection of unsold work | Friday 3 - Saturday 4 January 2019 10.00am - 3.00pm

Barbara Anne Morton & The Word Itself is a Musical Sound

Barbara Anne Morton & The Word Itself is a Musical Sound

Both professional and amateur artists at all stages in their careers who are resident in Scotland may enter the ANGUSalive Meffan Winter Show. All work will be curated and displayed together.

To support the selection panel and inform our visitors about you, you are welcome to say that you consider yourself an amateur artist and that you would like your work to be considered for the Visitors’ Choice Award.

All visual disciplines are welcome including art, design and craft. We are looking for original and exciting work in any visual medium. We would love to see your paintings, sculptures, jewellery, ceramics, textiles, illustrations, photography, film, anything! Please surprise us with your work.

There is no limit on the dimensions or nature of the work to be submitted, although consideration must be given to the exhibition space available.

Entrants may submit up to two (2) pieces of work and a £10 fee per piece applies. This includes a £5 entry fee and £5 hanging fee. We will refund the £5 hanging fee on non-selected works by BACS payment, although entrants may wish to consider this a donation to the ANGUSalive charitable trust.   

Reproduction or commercial prints will not be accepted. Giclee prints will only be accepted for photographic and original digital artwork entries.

Please note that previous Meffan Winter Show entries will not be selected.

Any electrical equipment supplied for exhibition must be accompanied by a current PAT certificate.

Wall mounted works must be framed and must be suitable for screws and fixings to be attached. Please note that MDF frames are difficult to attach fixings to as it occasionally disintegrates. Solid wood is preferable if possible.

Unframed stretched canvasses or paintings on board are acceptable provided they are suitable for screws and fixings to be attached.

Due to health and safety clip frames will not be accepted.

If you intend to submit large scale pieces, installations or artworks which may have health and safety implications (e.g. heavy, large or cumbersome objects, flashing/strobe lights, floor mounted sculpture) for consideration, please contact Gill Ross, Visual Arts Officer at prior to submission.

Please submit your work digitally between Friday 13 September – Sunday 13 October 2019; the link is available at All further details can be found on the online submission website. A £10 fee per artwork applies.

Please check that all images are sharp and as true as possible to your artwork.

Please ensure all artwork details are correct. Information submitted at this stage, e.g. titles and prices, will be used for labels, our exhibition catalogue, and online information. ANGUSalive cannot be held responsible for any errors in the catalogue due to artist’s errors in the entry process.

Once you have submitted your work digitally it will go to our selection panel. You will receive an email on Monday 21 October 2019. Please check your spam or junk folder if you do not receive an email.

If your work isn't pre-selected, please don’t let it put you off and please feel free to enter next year’s Meffan Winter Show. We will offer to refund your £5 hanging fee for non-selected work and you are also more than welcome to come to the ANGUSalive Meffan Winter Show Preview Friday 15 November 2019 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Please RSVP if you wish to attend

All works that are pre-selected online are subject to final selection by the panel who will assess your work in the gallery.

If your work is pre-selected, you will be invited to bring your work to the Meffan Museum & Art Gallery for final selection. You selection confirmation will contain details of how to prepare and bring your work for the exhibition. If you don’t receive an email, please check your junk or spam folder.

You can hand in your work on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 November 2019 10.00am - 3.00pm.  Please note that we are unable to accept works out with these times.

When you submit your work, you must take your packaging away with you as we don’t have storage for packaging.

You may arrange for a courier or someone else to deliver your work, but they must arrive on the receiving days and within the times specified. Please ensure that your courier or nominated person knows how to unpack your work.

You must ensure your labels are securely attached to your work and that your courier or nominated person will take the packaging away.

You may prefer to contact ANGUSalive’s Meffan Museum & Art Gallery team prior to sending artworks by courier.

Please note that we are unable to accept entries by post.

Works will be insured whilst in our care. Whilst every endeavour is taken for the care of all entries, we cannot be held responsible for any marks or abrasions on frames. Insurance claims will only be made against any damage deemed significant.

Please note that it will be assumed that artists give their consent for ANGUSalive to photograph entered artworks for their publicity, including and not limited to our catalogue, website, social media and press releases.

We will publish a list of selected works for the Meffan Winter Show on our website on Monday 11 November 2019 and artists will receive an email. If you don’t receive your email, please check your email junk or spam folder.  

Artists are welcome to suggest how they would like their work to be displayed, however please note that we may be unable to fulfil these conditions. We display all work to showcase your piece/s in the best possible way.

At the end of the exhibition, unsold works should be collected between Friday 3 - Saturday 4 January 2019 10.00am - 3.00pm.

Unless prior arrangement has been made, any items which remain unclaimed by 4.00pm on Saturday 05 January 2019 will become the property of ANGUSalive and may be disposed of or recycled.

Please don’t despair if your artwork hasn’t made the final selection. There are a number of reasons why artwork isn’t selected. Unfortunately we cannot give individual feedback, but we do encourage artists to come back and enter our Meffan Winter Show again the following year and attend our Meffan Winter Show Preview. 

You can collect non-selected artwork Tuesday 19 - Saturday 23 November 2019 10.00am - 3.00pm. Please note that you are unable to collect non-selected work during the Meffan Winter Show Preview.  

Whether your work has been selected or not, you are very welcome to the Meffan Winter Show Preview and we hope that you will come along to enjoy the celebration and exhibition. Please RSVP if you wish to attend

ANGUSalive Purchase Prize is up to the value of £1,500 and the Colin Dakers Memorial Purchase Prize is awarded up to the value of £1,000.

All artists are eligible for our purchase prizes.

The Visitors’ Choice Award is a is £200 prize exclusively for amateur artists and decided by public vote.

Works valued at over £1,500 will not be eligible for the ANGUSalive purchase prize and works valued at over £1,000 will not be eligible for the Colin Dakers Memorial Purchase Prize. Works over these values can still be submitted for the Show.

The winner/s of each prize will be selected by a judging panel appointed by ANGUSalive and the decision of the judges is final.

Winners of the purchase prizes will be announced at the Private View.

The winner/s of purchase prizes will receive the catalogue value of their work up to the value of the prize less commission. The work will then become the property of the Angus Council’s Art Collection. Copyright remains with the artist.

The Visitors’ Choice Award will be decided by a public vote and the winner will receive £200 prize. The lucky winner will be announced on Friday 13 December 2019, details will be posted on our website and Facebook page:

Winners will also receive one of our coveted Quaichs for the ANGUSalive purchase prize, the Colin Dakers Memorial Purchase Prize and the Visitors’ Choice Award. These little wooden Quaichs are handcrafted in Forfar Academy by the students themselves. We are proud to help promote local crafts.

We will host a celebratory preview night on Friday 15 November 2019 6.30pm to 8.30pm. 

All entrants, selectors, sponsors and representatives of the media are invited, and the purchase prize winners will be announced.

Invitations will also be sent via email to our Visual Arts News subscribers. You can sign up at

Please RSVP if you wish to attend

The preview night is a public event and photographs may be taken at this event for publicity, press or archival purposes for or on behalf of ANGUSalive. It’s absolutely ok if you do not wish yourself or a member of your family to be photographed. On the night, please let a member of staff know and remove yourself from areas where photographs are being taken.

All works must be available for purchase and will be subject to 40% commission including VAT.

Please note that the price shown on the work is the price paid by the purchaser and should include commission.

Should the artist, or their representative, wish to exclude or remove from sale any work originally available for purchase once the exhibition has commenced, the current commission rate will be charged to the artist by ANGUSalive on the listed catalogue price of the work. The start of the Meffan Winter Show Preview is the commencement of the exhibition.

Payments to artists will be made by BACS payment, payment directly into a bank or building society account, for which bank details will be requested. Bank details will only be used for this purpose and will not be retained.

Artwork purchased as a Christmas Gift

People like to buy artwork as Christmas presents and our Meffan Winter Show is a popular exhibition for purchases. Any artworks purchased as a Christmas gift may be collected from the ANGUSalive Meffan Museum & Art Gallery from Saturday 21 December 2019.

By submitting an entry to the Winter Show, you are deemed to accept and agree to the following:

  • The decision of the selection panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • You understand that ANGUSalive reserves the right to make such changes to the exhibition arrangements and these Terms & Conditions as may be deemed necessary by circumstances.
  • You authorise ANGUSalive to process, store, and utilise the data in your submission and agree that, if selected for the exhibition, images of your work can be freely used by ANGUSalive for promotional and publicity purposes.
  • All information provided by you is true and accurate and that the work submitted is wholly of your own creation.

ANGUSalive collects and uses your personal data in accordance with GDPR to manage your artwork in our ANGUSalive gallery and to pay you if you make a sale or hold a programmed event for which payment is agreed.

We hold your personal data in digital format in a secure folder accessible only to employees of ANGUSalive. We will retain your personal data for three (3) years. Records of sales and payments will be held for six (6) years.

We will share your contact telephone number and email address with the ANGUSalive staff based in the gallery where you are exhibiting your work, so that they can contact you in case of urgent need. This record will be destroyed at the close of the Meffan Winter Show.

We will not pass your personal data to gallery visitors, external organisations or any third party.

Please see our Winter Show page:

or contact: Gill Ross, Visual Arts Officer | gillian.ross@angusalive.scot01307 491716

How to Photograph your Art Work

To be in with the very best chance of your work being selected for the ANGUSalive Meffan Winter Show, we need you to provide good quality images of your work.

Place your artwork in an upright position or if it is 2D work such as paintings, prop it against a wall and use a neutral background such as a white wall or large sheet of paper. Natural sunlight is a good way to achieve a soft even light across your work and you can achieve this by placing your work near a window or taking it outside on a bright but overcast day. Try to avoid harsh light or electric lighting which may cast shadows or affect the tones and colours of your work. Also, try to avoid getting reflections in the glass of framed work. If your work is 2D, you can also lay your work flat and photograph it from above.

To achieve a sharp clear image, use a tripod or flat surface to keep your camera steady. Using a self-timer is useful for avoiding camera shake when you press the button. When using a tripod, switch off the image stabilisation/vibration reduction as it can affect the sharpness of your image. Not all cameras have this function. If your work is 2D, keep your camera at the same angle as your work and the centre of the lens directly in line with the centre of your work. This will stop the camera from distorting your image. Using a grid overlay on your camera LCD screen may help you with this. Please make sure that your art work takes up most of the space in your photo and leave a little background around the edge of your work for cropping later if need be.

Most cameras have a autofocus function which will be adequate, however if you are having difficulty focusing you can choose to focus manually. Please avoid using lenses which may distort your artwork such as a wide angle lens. If you are using a SLR or compact camera with optical focus, zoom in to your artwork then focus. However, if you are using a tablet or smart phone avoid using the zoom function as this will reduce the resolution and detail in your photo. Instead, move your camera closer to your piece. If you have option to adjust the ISO on your camera, put it to its lowest setting (50, 100 or 200 depending on your camera).

If you are photographing a framed piece, remove it from the frame if you can to avoid reflections. A polarising filter over your lens can also help to reduce reflections. If you are using natural light, switch off any lights as this can affect the tones in your work. Also, switch off your camera flash and use the daylight mode setting on your camera if you have it. You can also use an old black sheet to hide reflections. Cut a hole in a black sheet just big enough to poke your camera lens through. You’ll need an extra pair of hands to hold the sheet while you hide behind it and take a photo. If you can please check your images on a computer screen before dismantling your set up and putting away your camera to make sure you are happy with your photos.

You may wish to scan 2D artwork, provided it doesn’t have a lot of surface texture, rather than photograph it if you have access to a good quality scanner.

You may wish to edit your photos, it is entirely up to you, but please remember we need a true and accurate representation of your work. Download your photos onto your computer and you can use free photo editing software such as Google Photos (Windows) and iPhoto (Mac). You can zoon in to inspect your image for flaws or boost the contrast to highlight the details.

Image files should be JPG and no more than 4MB large. Image file names should be in the format: Your name followed by the name of your work eg JoeBloggs_artwork1.jpg File names should be as short as possible and not contain any invalid characters such as ‘ ” & % * ( ) < > / \ ~ # + = Please check that your images are sharp, clear and as true to your work as possible. Once you are ready, fill out the entry form, save this to your computer in the format your name followed by the name of your work ( both works if applicable) eg JoeBloggs_artwork1.pdf. Click on the link in the entry form to open an email. Attach your saved entry form and images to this email and send.