The Holt Festival Art Prize is open to artists everywhere. In past years artists from all over the UK have submitted work. There is a cash prize of £1,500 and in addition the winning artwork will be exhibited at Norwich’s prestigious Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in the autumn.
The winner will be announced at a private view on 24 July by Sir John Hurt, actor and Chancellor of Norwich University for the Arts. The exhibition is part of the Holt Festival Art Trail that also takes in many other galleries and exhibition spaces around the town.
Last year’s competition attracted another extremely high standard of entries. The winner of the prize and its attendant cheque for £1,500 was Norfolk artist Brüer Tidman’s acrylic on canvas portrait of his partner Beth Narborough. The painting was unanimously selected from over 250 entries
This year’s judges are Amanda Geitner, Director of The East Anglia Art Fund and former Chief Curator at The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Head of Collections Management and Conservation at the Sainsbury Centre Calvin Winner and Sarah Shalagosky, Curator of the Mead Gallery at Warwick Arts Centre.
International Art Appraiser and Holt Festival Art Prize organizer James Glennie commented ‘Each year I am both impressed and delighted at the standard of entries which really does seem to get higher each year. It will be a tough job for that standard to rise even higher this year but I’m really looking forward to seeing the entries’.
The 2016 Holt Festival runs from 23 – 31 July and is acknowledged as the leading new festival in north Norfolk. The charming Norfolk Georgian country town comes alive for an exuberant week of international music, drama, visual art, dance, comedy, cinema, children’s and workshops