Entering the competition

Artist Jane Jackson with the poster for the 2013 festival, which featured her work.
Artist Jane Jackson with the poster for the 2013 festival, which featured her work.

A popular event in the north Northumberland calendar is calling for artists to showcase their talents as we launch a competition to find a design for 2014.

The tenth edition of the Alnmouth Arts Festival, which sees artists from all over the North East displaying in venues across the village, will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22, 2014.

Francesca Simpson with her image for the 2012 Alnmouth Arts Festival.

Francesca Simpson with her image for the 2012 Alnmouth Arts Festival.

And the Alnmouth Arts Festival Committee has teamed up again with media partner the Northumberland Gazette to run a competition to find the poster image for the 2014 Alnmouth Arts Festival.

The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over, using any medium. Multiple entries are allowed and in keeping with the ethos of the festival, the winning artist is likely to reside ‘twixt Tyne and Tweed’.

The winning image should:

l have a portrait orientation;

l be readily identifiable with Alnmouth;

l be eye-catching.

It will be used on the Arts Festival promotional material, in the media, on posters, flyers, the Festival Trail Guide and the Festival website.

The winning artist’s name will be acknowledged on any printed material. They will also be invited to exhibit at the festival without charge.

This is the third time the competition has been run in conjunction with the Northumberland Gazette and the previous two winners gained considerable publicity as a result to promote and market their work.

The 2012 poster artist and winner of the first competition was Francesca Simpson, from Hipsburn, whose art career has gone from strength to strength ever since.

Her winning piece was a painting of Alnmouth, looking towards Lovaine Terrace, from across the river.

Last year’s winner was Jane Jackson, from Rock, a textile artist who won over the judges with her layered collage made from Harris Tweed and wool yarn.

She used the competition win as the push she needed to finally take the plunge and become a professional artist.

Those wishing to be considered for the role of 2014 poster artist have until Thursday, August 24, to get their entries in. See details below.