Artful East End dodge from Hackney to Saatchi

ARTISTS, ever wanted to get a piece into the Saatchi Gallery? Silly question — of course you have. And here’s a chance to meet that desire.

You submit your work to Liquitex, an acrylic-paint company via this link.  A panel of judges then chooses one person to create a piece of art, live,  at the Book Club, Shoreditch, on Thursday 18 April 2013 evening.

That will be a kind of dress rehearsal for the work’s being showcased at the Saatchi Gallery, above, the following week.

The organisers seek submissions from illustrators, painters and street artists who can handle the pressure of a live crowd.  You put yourself forward in hope of being noticed in one of the world’s most influential galleries; the two venues, of course, get the benefit of your providing free and exciting entertainment.

Late news: Winconek and winner at the Saatchi

But a good cause is involved: the Book Club event, which will include DJs and appearances by a graffiti writer and other live painters, aims to raise money for the Art Against Knives charity.

Sarah Clark, of Liquitex, said: “The competition offers budding artists the chance to have their work showcased at an evening event at the prestige Saatchi Gallery.”

* The winner of the Shoreditch to Saatchi artist competition, announced on 15 April 2013, is Oliver Winconek, 31, a portraitist who works mainly in oil, acrylic, spray paint and gold leaf.

* Entries can be uploaded until noon this Fri 12 April 2013, and the winning artist will be announced on the Facebook page on Mon 15 April 2013. The Book Club is at 100-106 Leonard Street, Shoreditch EC2A 4RH (020 7684 8618), the Saatchi Gallery in Kings Road, Chelsea SW3 4RY.

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