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Win a copy of Francesca Simpson's Arts Festival Image competion.
Win a copy of Francesca Simpson's Arts Festival Image competion.

One of the region’s most successful community-led festivals is now looking for a talented artist to fly the flag for its 2013 extravaganza.

Following last year’s very popular poster competition, the Alnmouth Arts Festival Committee has again teamed up with the Northumberland Gazette to find an official image for next year’s event.

The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over, using any medium – and multiple entries are permitted.

The winning image will feature prominently on Arts Festival publicity material, such as posters, flyers, the Festival Trail Guide and the website.

And in return for allowing their image to be used freely in this way, the winning artist will exhibit at the 2013 Festival free of charge, where there will be excellent opportunities to promote and market their work.

This year’s official poster artist was 24-year-old Hipsburn artist Francesca Simpson, whose stunning canvas depicted Alnmouth from across the estuary.

Since winning the competition, interest in her work has taken a dramatic turn, including solo exhibitions across the North East.

“Winning the poster competition in 2011 was a great confidence boost and led to a very successful weekend of sales at the festival for me,” said Francesca. “The publicity also helped me make new professional contacts which has created some exciting opportunities for me and has increased awareness of my work locally and further afield.”

Festival organiser Avril Scott said: “Since we started promoting the poster artist as part of our media and publicity campaign three festivals ago, it has generated a huge amount of interest among artists from across Northumberland and even as far south as Buckinghamshire.

“We had a very difficult job choosing the best entry last year, as there were some truly remarkable pieces of art submitted in a wide variety of mediums. Hopefully, we will get a similar response this year.

“While there are no strict criteria, the winning image is likely to be readily identifiable with Alnmouth and have a portrait orientation. As it is a poster and therefore the brand image for the 2013 festival, it will also need to be eye-catching. It is also likely to be in keeping with previous poster images to give a message of continuity.

“In keeping with the ethos of the festival, the winning artist is likely to reside somewhere between the Tyne and the Tweed.”

The closing date for entries is Thursday, October 25.

The winner will be announced in the Gazette on Thursday, November 1.