Showcase opportunity for artists

The three poster winners - Francesca Simpson, Katherine Renton and Jane Jackson with their posters.
The three poster winners - Francesca Simpson, Katherine Renton and Jane Jackson with their posters.

One of the biggest events on north Northumberland’s arts calendar is again offering artists the chance to showcase their talents by producing a picture for its poster.

The 12th Alnmouth Arts Festival will see painters and other creative artists from all over the North East displaying their works in venues across the village on Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19 next year.

Alnmouth Arts Festival poster winner  Elidh Gardiner

Alnmouth Arts Festival poster winner Elidh Gardiner

And the festival committee has teamed up with the Northumberland Gazette as a media partner once more to run a competition for a poster image.

Next year’s festival will feature a greater variety of art in the park, with more activities, music and food than previously.

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

The winning image should have a portrait orientation, relate to Northumberland and make an impact.

Entrants sending copies of their images must ensure they are true colour representations of their original artworks. The winning picture will be used on festival promotional material, in the media, on flyers, a trail Guide and the festival website, as well as posters.

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

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

The winner of our first joint competition in 2012 was Francesca Simpson, of Hipsburn.

In 2013, the winner was Jane Jackson, of Rock. A textile artist, she won over the judges with a layered collage made from Harris tweed and wool yarn.

In 2014, the winning image was of the walkway on the beach at Alnmouth by Amble-born Katherine Renton, now also of Hipsburn. She works as an art teacher at St Paul’s School in Alnwick.

And it was third time lucky for Whittingham’s Elidh Gardiner this year as she finally won the competition after missing out with two previous bids.

To enter the competition, download a copy of the application form from the Alnmouth Arts Festival website and send it to us.

For full details, see the box on the right.