GENERAL REGULATIONS FOR CRIBS COMPETITIONS

 

1.  The Arts Council Malta is launching these Cribs Competitions for Christmas 2017:

          a.     Competition Number 1 - Mechanical Crib

          b.     Competition Number 2 - Large Static Crib Biblical Style

          c.     Competition Number 3 - Large Static Crib Other Style

          d.     Competition Number 4 - Medium Crib (middle size)

          e.     Competition Number 5 - Small Crib

          f.      Competition Number 6- Original Crib

 

2.  Never in these competitions should thyme be used and/or plants and/or any other form of material prohibited by law. Anyone who does not follow this regulation will be disqualified from the relative competition.

 

3.  Anyone who takes part in one of these competitions should indicate on the application form, the location where  the crib will be assembled. 

 

4.  Every crib must be open for public viewing from Friday, 15th December 2017, to Monday, 1st January 2018. Exhibition opening hours should be from 5:00 to 8:00 in the evening throughout all the abovementioned days. Every applicant may keep the place of exhibition open for more hours and/or days than is requested.

 

5.  In every town or village where there is a crib taking part in one of these competitions, a banner, poster or other means must be hung up where there is the exhibition, with the words: PRESEPJU / CRIB, so as to indicate the place of exhibition. Some points will be deducted wherever these signs are not as prominent as they should be. Every necessary permit from the responsible authorities for the hanging up/placing of these signs is the responsibility of the applicant.

 

6.  The entrance to the crib exhibition should be free, but it is permissible to place a receptacle close to the crib to hold donations from the public.

 

7.  The cribs registered for these competitions, that are in some way or other also taking part in an exhibition or as part of a crib collection in any locality, should be placed in prominently where they are being exhibited. These cribs should be marked with a sign with the words: NATIONAL CRIBS COMPETITIONS and should also have a clear indication of the name of the participant and the category of the competition in which the applicant is taking part.

 

8.  The Jury has the right to withold prizes if according to its judgement, the required level has not been reached. In every case its decision is final and not appealable.

 

9.  All members of the Jury have the right to visit the cribs as many times as they wish in the days and times listed for exhibition. They may also take photographs and/or videos of the crib or parts of it, by themselves or with the help of a hired photographer.

 

10.  Every applicant should submit the exact measurements of the crib being submitted to the competition, as stipulated in the application form.

 

11.  With the application, the applicant is giving his permission that his name, the address of the location where the exhibition is being done, and the telephone number can be published for the interest of the general public.

 

12.  If an applicant registers the crib in a competition but the Jury considers that it fits in with a different competition, it may consider his disqualification.

 

13.   The applications on the prescribed form, filled in clearly with all details written down, should be handed to the Arts Council Malta Office, 16 “Casa Scaglia”, MA Vassalli Street, Valletta, together with a fee of 5.00, not later than 11:00AM of Monday, 11th December 2017. No application will be accepted if received after the stipulated time of the abovementioned date.

 

SPECIFIC REGULATIONS FOR EACH COMPETITION

COMPETITION NUMBER 1 – THE MECHANICAL CRIB

 

1.       The Jury, in its verdict, keeps in mind these points:

          a.   The measurements of the crib shouldn’t be less than 3 square metres (area 3m2);

          b.   The number of figurines moving naturally shouldn’t be less than 12. The figurines, sheep, and other animals attached to a moving chain are considered as one figurine. Angels and birds are  also considered as one object;

          c.   Running water, windmills, donkey mills, and variations on light are not considered as movements, but as part of the general scenery of the crib;

          d.   Any material may be used for the crib in this competition, except that prohibited by law as mentioned in the general regulations.

 

2.       Every member of the Jury will individually give points based on these criteria:

          a.   originality;

          b.   the position of the cave and the environment around it;

          c.   the artistry of the buildings and the finishing touches to the work;

          d.   the spreading out and consistency in the style of the figurines – appropriate consideration will be given to figurines made locally;

          e.   the atmosphere created by the lights, music and/or narrations heard during the exhibition;

          f.   general appearance.

 

3.       The prizes for this competition are: first prize: €250, second prize:€200, third prize: €150     

 

COMPETITION NUMBER 2 – THE LARGE STATIC CRIB BIBLICAL STYLE

 

1.       The Jury, in its verdict, keeps in mind these points:

          a.   The measurements of the crib shouldn’t be less than 3 square metres (area 3m2);

          b.   The cribs in this competition shouldn’t have movements except for a turning windmill and/or running

          c.   water;

          d.   Any material may be used for the crib in this competition, except that prohibited by law as mentioned in the general regulations.

 

2.       Every member of the Jury will individually give points based on these criteria:

          a.   originality, and at the same time, loyalty towards tradition and the biblical environment which goes back 2,000 years; as imagined and presented by the artist in his crib;

          b.   the position and importance given to the cave;

          c.   the artistry of the buildings and the finishing touches to the work;

          d.   the spreading out and consistency in the style of the figurines of the biblical era – appropriate

          e.   consideration will be given to figurines made locally;

          f.    the atmosphere created by the lights, music and/or narrations heard during the exhibition;

          g.   general appearance.

 

3.       The prizes for this competition are: first prize: €230, second prize: €180, third prize: €140.

 

COMPETITION NUMBER 3 – THE LARGE STATIC CRIB OTHER STYLE

 

1.      The Jury, in its verdict, keeps in mind these points:

          a.     The measurements of the crib shouldn’t be less than 3 square metres (area 3m2);

          b.     The cribs in this competition shouldn’t have movements except for a turning windmill and/or running water;

          c.     Any material may be used for the crib in this competition, except that prohibited by law as mentioned in the general regulations.

 

2.     Every member of the Jury will individually give points based on these criteria:

          a.     originality, and at the same time, the refreshing and artistic way of how the nativity and the environment around it is represented. Neapolitan-style cribs and others similar to it that differ from a biblical style also fall under this category;

          b.     the position and the importance given to the nativity scene;

          c.     the artistry in the style and the finishing touches to the work;

          d.     the spreading out, artistry, and consistency in the style of the figurines – appropriate consideration will also be given to figurines made locally;

          e.     the atmosphere created by the lights, music and/or narrations heard during the exhibition;

          f.      general appearance.

 

3.     The prizes for this competition are: first prize: €230, second prize: €180, third prize: €140.

 

COMPETITION NUMBER 4 – THE MEDIUM CRIB (MIDDLE SIZE)

 

1.     The Jury, in its verdict, keeps in mind these points:

          a.     The measurements of the crib should be: between 90cm and 150cm in width and between 60cm and 100cm in depth.

          b.     Any material may be used for the crib in this competition, except that prohibited by law as mentioned in the general regulations.

 

2.     Every member of the Jury will individually give points based on these criteria:

          a.     originality;

          b.     the position of the cave and the environment around it;         

          c.     the artistry in the buildings and the finishing touches to the work;

          d.     the spreading out and consistency in the style of the figurines – appropriate consideration will be given to figurines made locally;

          e.     the atmosphere created by the lights, music and/or narrations heard during the exhibition;

          f.      general appearance.

 

3.     The cribs in this competition may be placed behind a glass window in a way that they may be easily seen from the street.

 

4.   The prizes for this competition are: first prize:  €180,  second prize: €120,  third prize: €90.

 

COMPETITION NUMBER 5 – THE SMALL CRIB

 

1.     The Jury, in its verdict, keeps in mind these points:

          a.     The measurements of the crib shouldn’t be more than 90cm in width and not more than 60cm in depth.

          b.     Any material may be used for the crib in this competition, except that prohibited by law as mentioned in the general regulations.

 

2.     Every member of the Jury will individually give points based on these criteria:

          a.     originality;

          b.     the position of the cave and the environment around it;

          c.     the artistry in the buildings and the finishing touches to the work;

          d.     the spreading out and consistency in the style of the figurines – appropriate consideration will be  given to figurines made locally;

          e.     the atmosphere created by the lights, music and/or narrations heard during the exhibition;

          f.      general appearance.

 

3.     The cribs in this competition may be placed behind a glass window in a way that they may be easily seen from the street.

 

4.     The prizes for this competition are: first prize: €150,  second prize: €100,  third prize: €70.

 

COMPETITION NUMBER 6 – THE ORIGINAL CRIB

 

1.     The crib in this competition must:

          a.     Show a scene related to Christmas time but not the nativity scene. The story of Christmas is considered to be from the Annunciation to the Baptism of Christ. An example of the main subject of the crib may be: the visitation, the adoration of the Magi, the annunciation to the shepherds, the killing of the innocent martyrs, the sacred family, predication with the doctors, presentation at the temple, etc.

AND/OR

b.     have innovative and creative aesthetic and/or presentation (for example: use of recycled material, projections – 3D mapping, ganutell, spangles, etc.)

2.     Any material may be used for the crib in this competition, except that prohibited by law as mentioned in the general regulations.

3.     The measurements of the crib shouldn’t be more than 150cm in width and not more than 100cm in depth.

4.     Marks from the Members of the Jury will be given based on these criteria:

          a.      how the subject chosen is treated (originality, imagination, and creativity);

          b.      artistic expression in the presentation of the work;

          ċ.      innovation, artistry, and finishing touches to the work;

          d       the spreading out, the proportion, and consistency in the style of work;

          e       the atmosphere created by the lights, music and/or narrations heard during the exhibition;

          f        general appearance.

5.     The prized for this competition are: first prize: €170,  second prize: €110,  third prize: €80.