Search to find next artwork for festival

The three previous poster winners - Francesca Simpson, Katherine Renton and Jane Jackson with their posters.
The three previous poster winners - Francesca Simpson, Katherine Renton and Jane Jackson with their posters.
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A popular event in the north Northumberland calendar is calling for artists to showcase their talents as we launch our competition to find a design for 2015.

The 11th 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 20 and 21.

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 2015 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: have a portrait orientation; be readily identifiable with Alnmouth; 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 fourth time the competition has been run in conjunction with the Northumberland Gazette and the previous three 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.

Then in 2013, the 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.

This year’s winning image was of the walkway on the beach at Alnmouth by Amble-born Katherine Renton, now of Hipsburn, who works as an art teacher at St Paul’s School in Alnwick.

Those wishing to be considered for the role of 2015 poster artist have until Friday, October 24, to get their entries in.

To enter the competition, download a copy of the application form from and fill it in.

If you don’t have internet access, simply write down your name, address, contact details, website and no more than 45 words as a description of your work.

Send the completed form with a paper copy of your entry to AAF Poster Competition, Northumberland Gazette, 32 Bondgate Without, Alnwick, NE66 1PN, by Friday, October 24.

By entering, you confirm that it is your own work, that you are 16 years of age or over and that if your work is selected to be the poster image for the 2015 festival, it can be used freely on any printed or web-based promotional material.