Holt Festival - Norfolk

Holt Festival Sir John Hurt Art Prize & Sworders Art Prize 2020 competitions




Established in 2012, the Holt Festival Sir John Hurt Art Prize is one of East of England’s top art prizes and attracts a wide range of entries from artists across the UK. In addition to a cash prize of £1,750, the winning work of art will be exhibited at the prestigious Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich, Norfolk.

Now in its second year, the Holt Festival Sworders Art Prize is specifically aimed at younger artists aged between 16 and 23 years inclusive. Together with a cash prize of £750, the winning artist will be offered a commission free exhibition at The Gallery, a contemporary art space in Holt, Norfolk.

Submissions must be suitable for wall-hanging and can comprise various art forms including painting, drawing, photography, textiles, printmaking, mosaic, sculpture, collage etc.

Entries for both competitions close at midnight on Sunday 14 June 2020. Approximately 30 works of art will subsequently be shortlisted, and the winner announced at a private view of the Exhibition of Shortlisted Works on the evening of Sunday 26 July 2020 at The Auden Theatre in Holt.

Entries for this year’s Sir John Hurt Art Prize will be judged by art and architectural historian, Nichola Johnson; curator and publisher, David Case; and award-winning artist, Susan Gunn. And the Sworders Art Prize entries will be judged by Susan Gunn and publisher and gallery owner, Adrian Hill.


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