Gearing Up 4 Gorillas' (G4G) is the only UK charity that focuses 100% on the conservation of the mountain gorilla in Virunga National Park, eastern DR Congo, through providing funds and equipment to the rangers whose job it is to protect them.

Budden Art Competition 2019

Gearing Up 4 Gorillas (G4G) is keen to encourage and inspire amateur artists in launching this competition to all ages, from anywhere in the UK.

The subject of your entry should be either:

Competition Rules:

The works chosen should be sent to Unit 1, Rushmore Farm, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, SP5 5QA by 5pm Friday 20th December 2019, at the artists expense (including any insurance). If you wish to have your entry returned after judging, you must be prepared to cover the expense of return postage/courier and insurance. G4G trustees will organise return of the entry, at the artists expense.

Final judging will take place by Saturday 18th January, 2020. The winner will be informed on Saturday 18th January or as soon as possible thereafter; remaining entries will be informed by Monday 20th January, or as soon as possible after the winning entry has been successfully contacted.

One entry will be chosen as the winner. The winning artist will receive a £500 cash prize.
‘Highly Commended’ and ‘Commended’ certificates will be awarded to the remaining entries.

Gearing Up 4 Gorillas (G4G) reserves the right to photograph the entries called for final judging and use those photographs:

Those artists whose entries are called for submission agree, by taking part in this competition, that their submissions, any title given to it and their name, as the artist, may be used in G4G publicity.

All care will be taken with entries but no responsibility can be accepted for loss or damage in transit, incoming or outgoing, whilst in the safekeeping of G4G trustees. Originals selected and submitted for final judging must be fully insured by the artist and left with the organisers during the competition. Entries called to be sent to G4G will be returned, if the artist has covered that expense, by the end of January 2020 latest.

Submission of an entry into this competition automatically constitutes acceptance of all the competition rules. All artists are able to publish, republish and repurpose entries in print and digital formats including but not limited to magazines, promotion materials, websites, databases and as part of downloadable digital products after the competition has closed.


  1. Clare Shepherd – Clare is a G4G trustee. She trained at The Slade School of Fine Art where she was awarded The Slade Prize. She’s won many prizes since then and has painted and exhibited continuously since graduating.
  2. Three further G4G trustees
  3. One invited judge from the artists network within Dorset or Wiltshire

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Q. Can my entries have been exhibited elsewhere?
A. Yes, providing they will be available for judging by G4G during the relevant dates.

Q. How many works can I enter?
A. There is no restriction on how many entries you can send.

Q. Can I enter for both the Budden Art Competition and the Budden Writing Competitions?
A. You may enter both competitions.

Q. Is there an entry fee?
A. There is no entry fee for either competition. The only expense to be borne by entrants will be postage/carriage/insurance for those submissions called to be sent to G4G for final judging together with any return postage/carriage/insurance decided upon by entrants.

Q. Are there any restrictions on media used?
A. Photography is not acceptable as an artform; simply a means to submit your artwork for the first round of judging.

Q. If I don’t have a computer can I still enter?
A. We can only accept digital entries for the initial judging of the competition. Your local library may have the facilities you need for entering your work, or perhaps a friend/colleague can assist you. Some local schools also provide internet access for residents in their area.

Q. Do I need to frame my work?
A. No artwork should be framed.

Q. Is there a maximum or minimum size?
A. No entry should be larger 100cm x 100cm.

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