WEDNESDAY, APR. 18: The entry forms for the fifth annual Charman Prize celebrating Bermuda-inspired art, will be available to artists tomorrow.

The Charman Prize was established in 2008 when the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art opened its doors at the Botanical Gardens and is designed for local artists based in Bermuda to showcase work they have created that is inspired by the island.

It is named after sponsor and patron John Charman, CEO and President of Axis Capital Holdings, who is an art collector .

As well as displaying the great range of artistic talent in Bermuda, the competition awards prizes to in recognition of excellence to the recipients.

Artwork in the 2012 Charman Prize competition will be judged by a panel of experts on four criteria points, falling under an overriding theme. Jury members will be announced by the Museum at a late date.

This year’s competition focuses for the second year on the theme, “Bermuda Inspirations: Artwork inspired by Bermuda, that through the artists’ vision we can see Bermuda with a fresh eye.”

The four judging criteria points are: design and composition — fine use of the principles and elements of design and composition; use of material — technical mastery and skill in a chosen medium; distinctive and convincing style — a highly developed quality of creativity and originality; and source of inspiration — a clear intent and vision.

The grand-prize-winning artist wins $10,000 for an artwork that embodies an outstanding example of the judging criteria.

Four prizes of $2,500 are awarded for artworks that are outstanding examples of each of the four criteria, and 12 honourable-mention prizes of $100 are awarded for notable artworks that embody strong elements of each of the four criteria.

Previous grand-prize winners are Kathy Harriot in 2008, Graham Foster in 2009, Sabrina Alexandria Powell in 2010, and Andrew Stevenson in 2011. Their works now form part of the permanent Masterworks Bermudiana Collection. All works on display in the competition (apart from the grand prize winner) will be for sale.

The Charman Prize will open on Friday, October 12, from 5:30pm – 8:30pm. The awards ceremony will begin at 6:30pm. The show will be displayed in the Butterfield Family Gallery until January 3rd. The museum is open Monday – Saturday, 10am to 4pm, Sunday 11am to 4:30pm.

Admission $5, free for members and children under 12.

Entry forms will be available in paper copy at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art and online at www.bermudamasterworks.com under Exhibitions, Charman Prize 2012. The fifth annual Charman Prize will open on Friday, October 12th in the Butterfield Family Gallery at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art.