Design an Art Medal on the theme of boundaries, frontiers, thresholds, gates, fences and barriers.
This year entrants are invited to design an art medal that considers the different interpretations for any of these concepts: boundaries (people or places); frontiers (crossed or shared); thresholds (two points of view); gates (open or shut); fences and barriers (protecting or preventing).
From land and space to interpersonal relationships and the body, these points of contact or lines of separation may be interpreted through the lens of geopolitics, the environment, personal or physical interactions and many more. This can be realistic or metaphorical.
The art medal is a medium for expressing two contrasting ideas in one artwork, also engaging with its edge to create a complete narrative. Designs should think about how the form of the medal can be used to emphasise their concept in a clever and compelling way.
The art medal is held in the hand, and therefore its texture is an integral part of any design.
The definition of an art medal: a two-sided, low relief medal that fits into the palm of the hand and is not intended to be worn. It is usually cast using the lost-wax technique.
For more information and inspiration on medal design, please visit the British Art Medal Society website.
Participants can download a new online book about making medals here: