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The Drug of Art aims to encourage young people to find their medium of expression - use this opportunity to explore and experiment!

Open to entries on the 8th of February 2023






How to enter:
5th of June

5 artists will be picked to exhibit in our Drug of Art exhibition, alongside Alison Lapper, Marc Quinn, Rankin and more.

The winners will also receive a £30 voucher to spend at Cass Arts.

We have TWO themes to choose from:

‘My Happy Place’- where is your favourite place to be? Tucked up in bed, at the beach, playing a sport? Being with friends and family or do you prefer your own company? Where do you find yourself most comfortable? In nature, at home, around your favourite people? Do you have a physical or mental safe place? It could be a drawing, a poem, a photograph - any medium!

‘My Reality’ - What is your reality? What does your day to day look like? Do you suffer from anxiety or depression, if you do, can you visualize this? Can you express this frustration onto a piece of paper? This can be abstract, expressive, metaphorical or realistic. Could it be a diaristic self portrait, a busy crowd, a lonely room, a collection of your most important objects or expressive mark making.

You can use any material and medium that suits you, as long as you can take a photo of it to send to us and it is able to be transported to an exhibition space - so experiment!  Please keep your original artwork safe. If you are a competition winner we will ask you to send it to us for display (we would pay for postage).

You can only submit once and it is free to enter.

25 and under

Deadline is the 5th of June 2023. More info soon on how to enter

Winners will be announced by the 10th of July 2023 on the Drug of Art website


Drug of Art Competition Terms and Conditions:

  1. This competition is organized by Chalk Films Media Limited (“Chalk”), Lewes, East Sussex.
  2. Chalk reserves the right to void, suspend, cancel or amend the competition at any time without prior notice. Any changes will be posted on the Drug of Art website.
  3. Chalk cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the competition or as a result of accepting any prize. Chalk is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any computer on-line systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software failure of any email or entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet, including any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in the competition.

Qualifying entrants
4.Entrants must satisfy the following conditions to enter the competition
a) Be resident in the UK
b)Be aged under 25
c)Submit a piece of original artwork that is their own work, which is not subject to copyright art or infringes copyright and fits the specified criteria.

5. Employees of Chalk and Drug of Art and their families are eligible to enter this competition

6. Chalk reserves the right to disqualify an entrant if it has reasonable grounds to believe the entrant has breached any of these terms and conditions.

Competition entries

7.  Entries are to be made from the website with a filled in submission document and photos attached of the artwork.

8. If you do not have access to this, artwork can be sent to Chalk at Cedar Cottage, Church Lane, Kingston Near Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3LW. No entries can be returned.

9. Entrants can use a range of materials and techniques: drawing, painting, photography, sculpture.

10. Please keep the artwork safe in case you are chosen for the exhibition. Only the physical artwork can be exhibited if you are chosen. This will be posted to us and we will pay for postage and packaging. Keep this in mind if you are making any 3D work.

11. Entry to the competition is free, however, all materials for the creation and submission of artwork must be provided by the entrant.

12. The closing date for the competition is 5th of June 2023.

13. Entries received after the closing date are automatically disqualified.

14. The 5 artworks chosen for the exhibition will be judged by Alison Lapper, a member of Chalk and a member of BA who have funded the Drug of Art. These will be judged blind, with the judges not knowing who has submitted each entry. The judges’ decision will be final.

15. By entering this competition, entrants agree for their artwork to take part in promotion and publicity including social media, promotion of the exhibition, media and featuring on the Drug of Art website.

16.. Images of all the artworks which are posted on social media will be posted with limited information about the entrant - e.g. first name and age.

17. The personal information provided when entering into the competition will be used to administer the competition and will not be shared with anyone unless the law allows us to do so. Chalk will hold entrants’ names and ages to announce the winners of the competition and for promotional purposes.