Judging Criteria


Note: Each piece will be judged individually and of itself – not in comparison with other pieces.

1. Wow Factor: (x/15)

  • Is it amazing? Is it inspiring?
  • What is your first impression?
  • Does it grab your attention?
  • Does it move you? / create feeling?
  • Do you like it? / Do you love it? / Do you dislike it?
  • Does it make you think?
  • Compelling?
  • Innovative?

2. Artistic Merit: (x/15)

  • Interpretation and clarity of the theme to the viewer
  • Execution
  • Action
  • Expressive
  • Strong visual design
  • Is the artist investigating the subject/theme?
  • Is the artist challenging herself/himself?
  • Principles of design (movement, harmony, rhythm and unity)
  • Conceptual elements of piece (even abstract)
  • Strong composition
  • Colour harmony
  • Are forms used effectively?
  • Does the artwork stand on its own as a complete and outstanding work of art?

3. Overall Design/Use of Materials: (x/10)

  • Creativity and originality of the theme
  • Multiple techniques?
  • Consistency in execution
  • Is the space used effectively?
  • Has the work been prepared properly for display?
  • Demonstration of reuse/recycling of waste/pre-loved materials
  • Does the design meet the objective from the written submission?
  • New idea or process or combination of materials that may lead to new consumer or industry recycling behaviour.
  • Educational: teaches about the goals, materials, creativity, interactive possibilities – brings community together!

4. Critical Assessment of Skills: (Judges Personal Opinion) (x/10)

  • Strongest elements of this piece
  • Weakest elements of this piece
  • Additional comments