We all know that starting a career in the art world can be particularly hard. You may be one of those self-taught artists that love wandering around the Northern Quarter and Whitworth Gallery while painting or taking pictures in your spare time. You might be talented, but as we know, that is not enough. Talent is not enough. Funding and exposure are important to show the world what you are worth.
Inspired by this struggle that many young artists go through, Manchester graduate Katy Kann decided to change that. Last year she started the KannAwards, an international competition where young artists can compete in painting, drawing, photography and short film categories. This year the competition comes back after its success last year promising better prizes and more renowned judges.
Speaking to THE MANCHESTER MAGAZINE, Katy Kann said: “I believe there’s a lot of potential among University of Manchester students, and I think the KannAwards is an excellent opportunity for anyone who wants to start giving exposure to their art. If you are young, ambitious and have faith in what you produce, you should participate.”
The prize for the winners consists in 250 pound in cash and an internship in their area of work in the United Kingdom or international locations like the United States, Germany or Spain. Winners and remarkable pieces will also gain exposure in ArtMonthly, a magazine, and the opportunity to work and network with known artists in their respective area.
This year renowned figures like Hollywood director Steven Finestone, Cambridge University photography lecturer Kertish Hacker and Oran O’Reilly from the University of Manchester will be among the judges of the contest. The deadline to submit pieces is March 14. TMM
More information available at kannawards.com
Arts A graduate from the University of Manchester has kickstarted an international arts competition. The KannAwards are named after the founder's name, Katy Kann, who knows of the struggles of young artists