Pollyanna was delighted to present a brand new trophy which bears her name at the Fine Art Trade Guild’s annual gala dinner on the 17th May - The Pollyanna Pickering award for the Best Depiction of the Living World.
In her speech Pollyanna commented that the recent resurgence of interest in Wildlife Art, and images of the natural world makes this the perfect time to launch this brand new award, which will be presented annuallly.
She found judging the award a very challenging task, due to the high standard of work entered – and the diverse mixture of styles and subject matter. In then end she selected a fasciating and delicate pice of work by Toni Watts, which she singled out for its originality. The award was accepted on Toni’s behalf by her framer.
In 2013 Pollyanna was honoured to be a finalist in the Guild’s Professional Art awards.
The Fine Art Trade Guild is the trade association for the art and framing industry Formed in 1910 as the successor to the 1847 Printsellers’ Association, it was set up to oversee the fine art print trade. The Guild continues to set globally recognised standards for prints, and addition, it sets standards and guidelines for picture framing. Guild members agree to abide by the Code of Ethics and keep up to date with the latest standards, trends and materials.
Guild standards have been developed by and for the industry, and are designed to protect consumers as well as providing clear guidelines for manufacturers, framers, publishers and fine art printers. The Guild Print Standards and Print Registration scheme, governing edition size, print quality and durability, have been industry benchmarks for over a century.
Pollyanna’s framer Gary Laywood is also a member of the Guild, so clients who visit her private gallery can be confident that all her artwork is finished to the Guild’s exacting standards for framing. Pollyanna collaborates closely with Gary, and her framing consultant Steve Naylor to ensure that the frames selected for her original artwork and limited edition prints not only visually enhance the artwork but also protect the pieces from physical and mechanical damage, airborne pollution and acid damage.