Gallery Show Award Focus on Illustration & Drawings

About Arts Lab bxl & TAG bxl Gallery, Brussels.

Australian Muslim Artist(AMA) focuses on Brussels and its dynamic art scene featuring TAG bxl gallery and Arts Lab Brussels, a non for profit association advocating for arts democracy, arts diplomacy and holistic thinking.

‘New’ artists often face great difficulties to survive by their art and it is a challenge for them to get work promoted and sold. How many artists are not forced to take another job to make ends meet!

This is where TAG bxl comes in! The gallery gives artists the opportunity to exhibit their works and offers a large variety of authentic pieces at accessible prices, without ever compromising on quality.

The clients range from amateur art lovers/first-time buyers to passionate collectors looking for new talent. Some may never have entered an art gallery before; others just want to dress their living spaces with authentic art without spending an impossible sum of money. Acquiring works of art is not only a thrilling experience, but often a worthwhile investment as well as a souvenir of a special moment in time. From our artists we ask that they keep their artistic passion burning brightly and maintain the high quality. A final thought: TAG bxl will be helping an artist to make his living whilst living.


  • The competition is open to both Emirati and international participants from the following art categories: Drawing & Illustration.
  • Residents from the UAE can compete in the international category.
  • You must be 18+ or authorized by your legal guardian if the age of majority in your country is 21.
  • There is no maximum age limit.
  • Submitted artwork can be produced by one or duo artists maximum.
  • For duo artists, one representing artist shall be nominated.
  • All work submitted must be solely produced by the artists registered for this award.
  • The official award language is English.
  • If you have difficulty writing in English, we invite you to submit both in your own language and its English translated version (Google translation is accepted).
  • You are responsible for providing correct personal information to be reached on.
  • You are responsible to check your emails and notifications on your “Artist Login” area, newsletter and social media posts to follow up on your submission progress and general Award’s news. We recommend to check your junk/spam box and mark any email that may reach the junk/spam box as ‘Not spam”.
  • By entering the Award, you are deemed to have read and accepted all aspects of the rules described on this page and the general Terms & Conditions for using the online platform.
  • All terms are made available before the winner is nominated. If a participant does not agree with these terms, we recommend not to enter the award.


    The Australian Muslim Artist will be selecting 30 artists (10 Emiratis, 10 International, 10 Belgian artists) to have their winning drawing and/or illustration showcased at TAG bxl gallery in Brussels, Belgium.

    The opening will take place 26 May 2016 and the exhibition will run until the 15th of Jan, 2017.


  • Artwork will be available for sale.

  • The commission between gallery and artist is 50%-50%.

  • The payment will be made to the artist after full customer payment to the gallery.


  • You must enter a DIGITAL format of your work.

  • Image submitted must be: drawing or illustration using your preferred tools, technique and support.

  • Artwork dimensions: should not exceed 100cm in width and 70cm in height.

  • For your online submission image dimensions must be max 1MB, 72 DPI, format JPG.

  • If your original image is too big in size we accept screenshots.

  • You are responsible for submitting a good quality image of your work.

  • Pixelated, blurry, faded, or low resolution images will not be selected.

  • NO watermark should be added on the image.

  • NO borders or frame should be visible.

  • NO glass or light reflection should appear on the picture.

  • The image submitted should be the image of the artwork in its final composition.

  • Unfinished work will not be accepted.

  • The artwork submitted should be available for display at the time of the exhibition and should not be represented by another gallery.


  • Selected winners shall be responsible for the safe packing and shipment of their artwork to TAG bxl gallery in Brussels, Belgium.

  • We advise you to clearly mark your package as FRAGILE.

  • Insurance for artwork is provided by TAG bxl when the works are in the gallery.

  • All damage on artwork during transport/shipping will be the responsibility of the artist.

  • All shipment/ transport to be paid by the artist (including return).


  • You need to register first by entering your email and creating a password.

  • You will receive a confirmation email to login with your details.

  • Please check your Junk/Spam folder and mark your email as “Not Spam”.

  • Go to “Artist Login” area and complete the application form.

  • You will then be able to choose a package of 1, 4 or 8 images (a submission fee will apply accordingly).

  • Your submission will go through a first round assessment.

  • 1st round assessment is done within 7 days of your submission by the Award’s management.

  • You will be notified by email if your application has been accepted for the 2nd and final assessment round by the jury panel.

  • The decisions of the Award’s management and Jury panel are irrevocable and unquestionable. The awarded artists have the right to renounce the prizes, but without asking the International Emerging Artist Award or its affiliated partner any kind of compensation. In that case the prize will be re-assigned according to the ranking made by the jury.

    1st round selection:

  • AMA management will judge your ability to understand and follow the brief and all requirements stated in the rules.

  • AMA will shortlist the artists that have duly filled the application form in their “Artist Login” area which includes:

    • Artist’s profile.
    • Concept field.
    • Artwork description fields.

  • Pertinence: all participants shall be reminded AMA is a contemporary art award based in the United Arab Emirates which respects cultural, sociological and religious sensitivity of its region. Any submission judged otherwise will be rejected.

  • Following the 1st round assessment, shortlisted applications will be forwarded to the jury panel who will score each application individually based on the following criteria

    The jury panel will score your application individually based on the following criteria:

    • TECHNIQUE & ORIGINALITY: Jury will look at the originality of the work and technique that is used to execute it, creativity and quality of execution. (scale 0-5).

    • CONCEPT: The concept should express a personal point of view, critical and sensitive, and should reflect the universe and imagination of the artist. (scale 0-5).

    • COHERENCE:Between the work and the concept, jury members will check if the series proposed is consistent with the concept exposed. (scale 0-5).

    • GENERAL IMPRESSION: This is the overall, first and last impression your submission makes on the juror (scale 0-5).

  • The decision of AMA management and the Awarding Jury are irrevocable and unquestionable. The awarded artists have the right to renounce the prizes, but without asking the International Emerging Artist Award or its affiliated partner any kind of compensation. In that case the prize will be re-assigned according to the ranking made by the jury.


    15 January 2016: submission deadline.
    1st round selection: within 7 days of your submission
    Final shortlist announcement: 22 January 2016
    Jury scoring: End January 2016
    Winners announcement: February 2016
    Exhibition at TAG bxl: 26 May – 16 June, 2016


    For the Gallery Show Award, participants can select a package of 1, 4 or 8 images

  • Package 1: One image for 25 USD.
  • Package 2: Four images for 45 USD.
  • Package 3: Eight images for 55 USD.

  • International Emerging Artist Award uses Payments as a secured and easy method of payment. Entrants can pay by using their credit card (Visa, Mastercard, CB or debit card..etc). AMA will never store cards holder's details. After the payment is made, entrants can start uploading their work.

    Bank Transfer:

    Account Name: Emerging Scene Event Management
    Bank name: Emirates NBD
    Bank Address: Al Qouz branch, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    Iban/ Account number: AE220260001014651638101
    Email contact:

    Western Union:

    Bank Account Name: Emerging Scene Event Management
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Payment by bank transfer and Western Union are handled manually by our team. A scan of the transfer receipt will be requested on your “Artist Login” area and will be reviewed by the administrator within 48h.

    Wire Transfer Services:

    We have identified the following low cost wire transfer services. These are only suggestions and none of the below agencies are affiliated or partner of the International Emerging Artist Award

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  • (US based Participant)

  • Cheque or Cash (for UAE based participants only)

    If your preferred method of payment is cheque or cash, you can visit our offices and make your payment. Note, payment at the office shall be by appointment only. Please contact to arrange your visit.


    Your copyright and moral rights:

    International Emerging Artist Award respects your rights and does not claim copyright for works you submit to the contest. You will retain full copyright in each entry.

    In addition, your moral rights are respected. Whenever your work is published by the International Emerging Artist Award and or its affiliated platforms and partners you will be credited. Failure to publish a credit due to error or oversight shall not be deemed a breach of this condition. International Emerging Artist Award and its affiliated partners will seek to correct any errors or oversights when notified.

    Use of works:

    By entering the award, you agree that any work you submit may be used by International Emerging Artist Award and its affiliated partners solely for purposes in connection with the Award or future awards, and no other purpose. These uses include:

  • Judging the competition

  • Displaying entries on the International Emerging Artist Award website and social media outlets and those of its affiliated partners.

  • Displaying the entries at the fair, gallery or any other location where your work might be exhibited.

  • Displaying the entries in a book, magazine or exhibition catalogue, or similar

  • Using the entries on posters or postcards to promote the Award.

  • Cropping and re-sizing the work as necessary to fit pre-defined formats to promote the Award and any related exhibitions.

  • Sub-licensing the entries to the press for reproduction in connection with the Award.

  • Inclusion within any materials promoting the Award or any exhibition organized by the International Emerging Artist Award.

  • You hereby grant International Emerging Artist Award and affiliated partners a non-exclusive, royalty-free and unlimited license in each entry throughout the world in all media for the uses described above.


  • A participant is responsible to provide correct personal details in order to be contacted by the organization by email or telephone

  • A participant can enter with his/her artist name but has to provide full details (as shown on the passport) shall he/she be the winner.

  • Name and email addresses are used to communicate news related to the entrant’s application or to share general news of AMA and its affiliated partner.

  • Credit card details are protected information by our secured payment gateway Innovate Payments and are not accessed by nor the organizers or its affiliated partners.


    All entry submissions are final and entry fees are non-refundable. Shall the same submission be charged twice for any reasons, AMA will refund the second payment.


    International Emerging Artist Award relies on its sponsors and affiliated partners when promoting the prize offered for each edition. Should any of AMA’s affiliated partners or sponsors fail for any reasons to fulfill their commitment in providing the prize promoted, International Emerging Artist Award shall not be held responsible whatsoever for this failure. AMA shall make all effort to provide a similar prize with no time limit imposed. Should for any reasons the event be partly or wholly cancelled outside of the organizer’s control, AMA shall offer the winners the amount paid for the registration as a voucher to be used for future competitions held by AMA. This voucher shall be requested by the Entrant in written at within the time limit defined by AMA in case of such event.


    Support request concerns technical difficulties only such as: email confirmation, login, online payment, uploading images or any technical issue that may occur during your submission.

    All requests are treated within 48 working hours.
    Working days: Sunday – Thursday from 8am – 6pm (+4h - Abu Dhabi Time)
    Please contact:

    All support requests will be taken from the day it has been submitted by the participant. If the technical team respond after a submission deadline, the participant will not be affected by such delay.

    General questions should be addressed to

    International Emerging Artist Award has made all information available in this website. It is the responsibility of the participant to read carefully the Rules, Terms and Conditions. Due to the high number of emails received during call for entries, only support requests and questions which require further clarifications will be answered. If an email concerns a question which has already its answer in the website, the request will not be attended.

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