Art Prizes

Sir John Hurt Art Prize 

The prize is £1,750 and the winning work goes on to be exhibited at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich. Open to all ages.

The Sworders Art Prize

This year a new prize of £750 is launched for artists aged between 16 and 23 (inclusive) on the application closing date of Sunday 16th June.The winner will also be offered a commission free exhibition at Holt’s new contemporary art space The Gallery in Lees Yard which opens in the autumn.

Submissions for entry are now closed

Exhibition of Shortlisted Works - Saturday 20th – Sunday 28th 11am-5pm
Around 30 shortlisted works will be exhibited all week in the foyer of the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt.

Announcement of Winners
The winners will be announced at the private view of the Exhibition of Shortlisted Works on the evening of Sunday 21st July.

Ian Collins, Art Curator & Writer
Professor Paul Greenhalgh, Director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Professor John Last, Vice Chancellor Norwich University of the Arts

Art Prize Entry

Terms & Conditions of Entry

Please read these carefully and keep a copy for your records.

Entrants acknowledge their acceptance of these terms by entering.

Sir John Hurt Art Prize is open to anyone aged 16 or over. The Sworders Art Prize is open to anyone aged between 16 and 23 (inclusive) on the application closing date of Sunday 16th June.

Work must not exceed 1.25 metres in any direction and must be wall-mounted and appropriately framed. Submitted images should be sent as jpgs no larger than 2MB. The judges will view them both on screen and printed.

When the shortlist is announced the successful artists will receive instructions about delivery to Holt over the weekend of 13th/14th July. Artists are responsible for wrapping and arranging transport. 

All work submitted must be available for inclusion in both Art Prize Exhibitions, Saturday 20th – Sunday 27th July 2019. It is preferred that artists opt to sell their work at the exhibition (but not mandatory). The festival will charge 22%+VAT commission on all sales.

Collection of unsold shortlisted works will be from the Auden Theatre on Sunday 28th July between 5pm and 6pm, otherwise by appointment.

The judge's decisions are final and binding; no correspondence can be entered into.

Once an entry form has been submitted, no refunds of entry fees, part or whole, will be given.


Holt Festival adheres to standard copyright practice.

Data Protection

Holt Festival will retain entrants' personal data for use solely in conjunction with Holt Festival and this information will not be made available to other organisations. Your email address will be added to our mailing database and you will be given the option to unsubscribe at any time.