Holt Festival is delighted to announce that entry is now open for this year’s Holt Festival Art Prize. 

The Holt Festival Art Prize is open to artists everywhere. In the past two years artists from as far afield as Scotland and Cornwall have entered. There is a cash prize of £1,500 and the winning artwork will be exhibited at Norwich’s prestigious Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in the autumn.

The deadline for entries is midnight Saturday 6 June. Judges will select a shortlist of 20-30 that will be exhibited at the Nicholson Gallery, Holt from 20-27 July.

The winner will be announced at a private view on 19 July. The exhibition is part of the Holt Festival Art Trail that also takes in 13 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 former Norwich University of the Arts student Emily Cole.


Her acrylic and oil on paper painting Drifter, based on a photograph taken during a walk through Eseex’s Constable country, was highly praised by Holt Festival Fine Art curator, James Glennie of Art & Antiques Appraisals Ltd saying ‘She is definitely an artist to watch out for in the future’.


This year’s judges are Amanda Geitner, Chief Curator at The Sainsbury Centre, art dealer Nic Tyler and internationally renowned actor and Chancellor of The Norwich University of the Arts John Hurt CBE.
John Hurt, himself a former art student at Grimsby Art School and Central St Martin’s in London said
‘It’s great that the Artprize has become one of the key elements of the Holt Festival, it demonstrates a commitment to the creation of new work and encouragement of emerging artists, in East Anglia and beyond’.

Entry forms can be downloaded from www.holtfestival.org/art_prize

The 2014 Holt Festival runs from 19 – 27 July and is acknowledged as the leading new festival in north Norfolk. The streets and venues of the charming Norfolk Georgian country town come alive for an exuberant week of international music, drama, visual art, dance, comedy, cinema, free street entertainment, kids shows and workshops. The full programme will be announced on 2 June.

The Holt Festival Art Prize:
Closing date for submissions midnight Saturday 7 June 2014

Winner announced on Saturday 19 July 2014 at The Ben Nicholson Gallery, Cromer Rd, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6EA

Winners and shortlisted entries will be exhibited 20- 27 July 2014


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