The Professional Should be Barred.

To the Editor of Arts & Crafts.

The works of the assistant teachers in schools of art, also of professional designers and draughtsmen employed in offices of their own, and arc in receipt of yearly incomes of over a certain amount, should not compete with the work of bona fide. students, although, perhaps, admitted and eligible for honorary awards. The most gifted and educated students should be given opportunities of curving out important decorative work or commissions, free, for public halls, and use, etc, under favourable conditions, and remunerated for their work. The designs for same to be selected in competition - Wm. Har-Butf. A.R.C.A (Loud.), Bath.

More Encouragement Needed for the Serious Amateur.

To the Editor of Arts & Crafts.

Most of the awards are taken by professionals working at the large centres. More encouragement should be given to amateurs who are not at present time earning a living as designers or professional artists, but are preparing to become such. This would give a stimulus to the smaller schools throughout the country. - Yours etc, A.R.C.A., Bridgwater.

Superior Opportunities of the " The Unofficial Schools."

To the Editor of Arts & Crafts. (d) so far as the Government art schools are concerned. The numerous (and excellent) unofficial schools have different aims to ours, and the time and opportunities of their students are vastly greater than the majority of Government art students enjoy. - H. BayNtoN, School of Art, Hereford.

No Change Desired.

To the Editor of Arts & Crafts. I should he very sorry to see the present system tampered with, unless some other distinctly superior is formulated. - R. Clough, School of Art, Margate.

More Prizes Needed for First=Class Work.

To the Editor of Arts & Crafts.

I consider that the present system of the National Competition is the most representative, but feel that many modifications are needed in its administration. More prizes might with advantage be given to such works of ability as are less highly and painfully finished. - J. Knight, School of Art, Bury.

The " Unscrupulous and Grant-Coveting Master."

To the Editor 0) Arts & Crafts.

The principles of competition are entirely opposed to a sound basis of instruction. In isolating the head school (the Royal College of Art) from the body, the authorities openly acknowledge the system to be a false one.

That the National Competition has been the means of producing much excellent work cannot be denied; but to what extent is the student - in many eases- responsible for its excellence; how much the wiser is he after pondering over a design, perhaps, for the better part of a year, with the hope of obtaining an award ? He is often a mere automaton in the hands of an unscrupulous and grant-coveting master. Not that the masters are entirely to blame in this - they must live, and, to keep their positions, they must gain enough grant to gratify then committees.

The grants ought to be given entirely upon the efficiency of the teaching, and of the practicability and up-to-date equipment of the school. W. H. B.

Not Representative of Students' Work.

To the Editor 0f Arts & Crafts.

No. If my opinion is worth anything, the National Com-petition is representative not of growing up, qualifying, students, but of grown up, or the work of men above the student age. G. Spawton Catton, Leicester.

Views of a Staffordshire Art Master.

To the Editor of Arts & Crafts.

(a) Emphatically NO. (b) By doing away with "biased" examiners. By separating Provincial from London Schools in N.C. By doing away with regulations as to sizes and numbers of work which may be submitted. By taking into consideration the difficulty of obtaining good life models in certain districts.

In addition to tilling in the post card you sent me, I write further to you, as I feel that while you are on the right track in getting opinions as to the N.C, yet a post-card offers too little space even to give a slight idea as to the reforms needed.

Provincial Students' Works

All provincial students must of a necessity be working under .a disadvantage compared with Metropolitan students. Take my district as an example. Half a million people, and not a good museum, and practically no reference Art Library. Yet each place is doing its best to supply these wants. Again, in the London schools art students are surrounded by, or should be easily able to get at, the best art examples and books that exist. The Art fellowship of a large school is also a great factor in the progress of a student, and in a school of this size it is unfair to compare our work with that done in London. If we do as well as the London schools, it is so much the more to our credit.

Bias On The Part Of Examiners

This is only too manifest in the ease of many of the N.C. awards. You get an " Impressionist " judge in still life, a "New Art" man in design, to the exclusion of all work which does not just fit in with their ideas of what is the thing. No award should be made which will narrow a studentsideas. One sees a design for a damask receive an award, time after time, containing grotesque animals, and the bias is quite noticeable. All historic ornament or any style not favoured by the examiners is therefore excluded.

Life Models

The difficulty of obtaining good models is extreme in any place other than large centres or schools, such as London, Birmingham, or Manchester. This is evidently not taken into consideration in judging drawings for the national competition.

Regulations As To Sizes

These restrict possibilities of work too much. The size ought to be left to the student, as imperial drawings are certainly too small for some subjects.

Limit To Number Of Works In Some Subjects

This limit is much too severe, as it tends to make a student undertake irrelevant work, and encourages the dropping of one subject before sufficient knowledge is gained.

Number of Awards. - The number of awards should be governed by the number and quality of work sent in. During the last several years the number of medals has not increased in anything like the proportions in which the schools and students have