Ref NoHAP/2/6
TitleHunting Art Prizes Records, 1986
Admin/Biog HistoryFollowing criticism from various parties, from 1986, the HAP became a competition which was open to all artists resident in the United Kingdom. The structure of prizes was also altered to include a first prize of £5000, four prizes of £2000 and two prizes of £1000, with one of the latter prizes being reserved for an artist under twenty five years old. Entries had to be original, two dimensional, of any type or combination of medium, restricted to no more than sixteen square feet and had to be framed.

The Prizes were advertised widely in the press and posters were produced to promote the exhibition. To mark this new approach, an informal buffet reception was held on 7th May 1986. A successful application for an award from the Business Sponsorship Initiative Scheme also meant that it was possible to extend the exhibition to a venue/venues outside London from 1987.

The changes in the Prizes' structure is reflected in the type of material retained on file from 1986. From this time there is/are usually: an absence of information on exhibiting societies because of the open entry scheme; images of the prize winners printed in the exhibition catalogue, although there are some instances of b&w images of the top prize winning works; details of winning entries listed in the catalogue; correspondence concerning the venues of the travelling exhibitions; posters advertising the competitions and exhibitions; images of receptions.

-Administration and judging records (also includes correspondence from Jane Robinson, HAP competitor, dated 17 March 1986, advising of her intention to withdraw her entries because of her recent discovery of Hunting's 'activities in the arms field'; correspondence from John Griffiths, Chairman of 'The Arts Channel', to Richard Hunting, dated 15 May 1986, about the possibility of making a programme about the next HAP; and correspondence from Richard Luce, Minister for the Arts to Clive Hunting, dated 25 June 1986, confirming that the HAP had been successful in their application for an award under the Business Sponsorship Incentive Scheme)
-Information about competitors and winners (also includes b&w images of the joint first prize winning entries; biographical information for Anthony Wishaw and Anthony Green, the joint first prize winners)
-Press, publicity and events information
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