The dash for poster honour

ENTRIES are flying in for the competition to design the official poster for next year’s Alnmouth Arts Festival, with a flurry arriving in the last week.

Since the Gazette teamed up with the festival’s organisers as official media partner to launch the contest two weeks ago, photographs, paintings, pen and ink sketches and even patchwork have all been put forward by eager artists from across Northumberland.

Not only will the winner have their work turned into a poster to advertise the event nationally, but they will also be invited to exhibit at the festival itself without charge, where there will be opportunities to promote their work and sell copies of their image.

And it’s a prestigious achievement – this year’s gathering, which took place over a weekend in June, attracted more than 2,000 visitors from the length and breadth of Britain with its swathe of exhibitions and arty activities.

The winning design will also be used on flyers, the festival website and other promotional materials in the run-up to the summer showcase.

Festival organiser Avril Scott, who will be on the judging panel, said: “Some of the entries are quite stunning and we’re delighted with the wonderful response to our challenge so far. But the best may yet be to come.”

Entry forms are still available to download from and should be sent, in an envelope marked AAF Poster Competition, to the Northumberland Gazette, 32 Bondgate Without, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1PN, together with a copy of your chosen image.

The final date for entries is Thursday, October 27, and the winner will be announced in the Gazette on Thursday, November 10.