2019 St. Eligius A&S Activities
The 2019 St. Eligius Arts & Sciences Competition event will be held on November 16, 2019. Event details, including location and fees can be found here.
PREREGISRATION IS REQUIRED to participate in the day’s A&S activities to allocate space appropriately. No registration or changes will be allowed at the event. Please click here to preregister. The deadline for preregistration is Monday, November 4, 2019 at 11:59 PM.
Each entrant is limited to one entry in the A&S Competition and one entry in the A&S Display, with the option of additionally entering these into the supplemental challenges, as desired.
Questions regarding the 2019 A&S St. Eligius A&S activities should be directed to THL Chiaretta di Fiore.
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Arts & Sciences Competition
The St. Eligius Arts & Sciences Competition is an A&S competition modeled on an SCA armored combat or rapier tourney. You must be present at the event with your entry to participate in this competition.
Each entrant declares the competition level group they feel best fits their experience level. Advice is available from competition staff but entrant must make the decision.
- Novices have entered up to 2 previous small competitions or displays & feel inexperienced in A&S contests. This group focuses on entering the competition and presenting their work. This group does NOT JUDGE others. *
- Artisans have entered more than 2 A&S competitions or displays and have experience in getting feedback & refining their entry so it shows to best advantage. This group WILL JUDGE entries in the Novice level within the category of their entry and will also be judged by Experienced-level competitors. *
- Experienced competitors have entered several local or Kingdom-wide competitions or displays. This group also includes any Laurel whose entry is anything-BUT-what-they-were-laureled-for. This group WILL JUDGE entries in the Novice or Artisan level within the category of their entry and will also be judged by assigned judges.
*If there is not an adequate number of judges in a given level and category, independent judges will be assigned by the competition staff.
In order to better match contestants with judges, entries are sorted into one of several broad categories. It is up to the entrant to choose which category best fits their entry.
The following categories will be evaluated using the same scoring format (see “Score Sheet” section below). Research papers and performance entries are not currently accepted in this competition, however, a category of “non-tangible research” has been added to better incorporate entries which do not produce a physical object.
- Paper & Ink – This could be fine art, C&I, bookbinding, etc.
- Metal, Glass, Clay, & Wood – This could be armor, jewelry, stained glass, cabinetry, etc.
- Fiber, Fabric, & Leather– This could be spinning, weaving, sewing, leatherwork, etc.
- Food & Consumables – This could be food, beer, toothpaste, cosmetics, etc.
- Non-Tangible Research – This could be martial artistry, theoretical methods, and other conceptual arts that do not produce a physical object, etc.
All competitors must be present for face to face judging and should be prepared to discuss their work and choices. All entries should include documentation (see “Documentation” section below).
- Novices will NOT be judging, as the focus is on their entry, work, documentation, and the experience of having their work judged.
- Artisans and Experienced Competitors WILL JUDGE entries in a less experienced level (Novice or Artisan), within the category of their entry.
- Experienced Competitors will be judged by assigned judges (with experience in a given category) that are NOT entering the competition.
- If there is not an adequate number of judges in a given level and category, independent judges will be assigned by the contest staff.
- All judges are expected to be kind and constructive with their critique, there will be mentors for each category to help with commentary if it’s needed. All judging sheets will be reviewed before submission for clarity and content.
All levels of competition are encouraged to provide some form of written documentation. The St. Eligius 12 Questions sheet is acceptable at all levels of the competition; however the following formats are recommended based on the experience level chosen.
- Novices are encouraged to use the St. Eligius 12 Questions sheet (or other formats, as desired).
- Artisans are encouraged to use the St. Eligius 12 Questions sheet or other documentation formats, as desired.
- Experienced competitors are encouraged to use written or alternate documentation formats.
Helpful hint: Where possible, images of extant examples or related items should be included to help those scoring your work. Source location information should be provided so that others can look up your sources and find the same images and text that you found. Sources should be generally regarded as reputable and directly applicable to the entry.
The St. Eligius 12 Questions sheet is available here. Documentation is typically prepared in advance, however, there will be blank 12 Questions sheets available at the event.
Competition Score Sheet
Competition Entrant Agreement
PLEASE NOTE: The competition schedule has been revised and is now located here:
Arts & Sciences Display
Not everybody wishes to be scored, so entrants are warmly encouraged to DISPLAY their works for the delight and amazement of the populace. Please consider showing your works and let us see what you’re up to.
Entries in the A&S Display must be pre-registered and may be optionally entered into the Supplemental Challenges. Setup for the A&S Display will take place from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM; breakdown will take place from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM.
In order to enter the Supplemental Competitions, your entry must be preregistered in either the A&S Competition or the A&S Display.
Baron Adhemar Challenge
This is a challenge in honor of the late Baron Adhemar de Villarquemada. Entrants are invited to display something that would have amused or delighted him. His larger-than-life persona was that of a 14th C French Baron and he loved food, history, art, and music. He had a strong singing voice and a laugh that could shake dust from the ceiling. This challenge will be judged by a team familiar with his personality and liveliness. A special prize will be presented for this challenge winner.
Master Alexander Challenge
In the spirit of Master Alexander the Younger, you are invited to enter example(s) of your work in an art that is new to you within the last year. A special prize will be presented for this challenge winner.
Their Excellencies will award a prize to any entry that catches their eye or their interest. Which one will it be? Only their Excellencies know….
Each attendee will receive three beads to vote for their favorite entries. A prize will be awarded to the entry with the most beads.
Dragonship Haven A&S Champion
The Barony of Dragonship Haven’s Arts & Sciences Champion will be determined at this event. Their Excellencies have decided to honor that member of Dragonship Haven with the highest score in the A&S Competition. Please note: A&S Display entries will not be considered at this time.
If no entries for Baronial Champion are received in the A&S Competition, the champion will be selected by the Coronet’s whim.
Don Christoffel’s Art of Combat Challenge
Once again, Don Christoffel has issued his Art of Combat Challenge to take place at this event. Please contact Don Christoffel with your intent to respond to his challenge. Choose your favorite period Master’s combat style. Bring documentation and/or a description of the Master and play you choose to use. Describe the action and perform it for your team of judges. It is recommended that you have descriptive props such as handouts or other ways to help explain your actions. The judging criteria will be based on the documentation provided, interpretation of the action, and how well your action represents what is described. The trio of judges generally consists of one experienced member of each of the following specialties: rapier, rattan, and arts & sciences. A special prize will be presented for this challenge winner by Don Christoffel.
The Art of Combat Challenge will take place at 2:30 PM.
- No kitchen facilities are provided. All food, beverage, and cosmetic entries must have a full ingredients list to avoid foreseeable allergies.
- Works-in-progress are very welcome.
- Works that are difficult to transport may be entered via photos & write-ups. Videos of works are permitted. Entrants must still be present to discuss their work and to score others’ works.
- Use of smart phones or computers to show images or references is permitted but not required. No equipment will be supplied, but you may share or borrow. NO internet hotspot access is available.
- This site is discreetly damp and alcohol-containing entries are welcome. Please use period-appearing containers and take your empties with you.