Art Prize - Shortlisted Works

Holt Festival – Sir John Hurt Art Prize

Holt Festival is again delighted to announce a prize of £1,500 for the winner of this years’ Holt Festival - Sir John Hurt Art Prize. In addition, the winning work will go on to be exhibited in the autumn at the prestigious Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich.

Alongside his amazing acting career the late Sir John Hurt was a painter, at the age of 17 he attended The Grimsby Art School (now the East Coast School of Art and Design) and in 1959, he won a scholarship to Saint Martin's School of Art (now Central St. Martin’s in London). He continued to paint throughout much of his life, until late last year. He was passionately interested in encouraging others, in recent years becoming Chancellor of Norwich University of The Arts. He supported the Holt Festival Art Prize, either awarding or judging or both, almost every year since its inception.

Announcement of the Winner

The winner will be announced by Lady Hurt at a private view of the Exhibition of Shortlisted Works on the evening of Sunday 23rd July at the Auden Foyer, Auden Theatre, Gresham's School, Cromer Road, Holt.

Exhibition of Shortlisted Works

In the foyer of The Auden Theatre, Gresham's School, Cromer Road, Holt  - 11.00am – 5.00pm  Saturday 22nd  –Sunday 30th July and evenings when there are Festival events on in The Auden Theatre.

The exhibition of shortlisted works forms part of the Holt Festival Art Trail & Open Studios which will feature 19 exhibitions and open studios around Holt, including the Festival Loan Exhibitions which this year will feature original works by some of Britain’s greatest 20th century artists including Lucian Freud, Christopher Wood, Jacob Epstein and many other important figures.

The Shortlisted Works

Below are the thirty two works selected by the judges….almost all of them are for sale, so do please support the artists and the festival by buying them!.....

They are available to buy now… avoid disappointment and email or telephone James Glennie on 01263 713340 (or during the festival on 07799307437) to register your interest….purchases should be collected at the end of the exhibition by arrangement.


ian West avocet8. Ian West - Avocet
Acrylic & Collage  46 x 56cm   NFS

 laura white 211. Laura White - The MG
Etching  30 x 40cm.  Edition of 50   £230 framed (one) £195 unframed

 anna lise horsey squid36. Anna-Lise Horsley - Squid (Anthropomorphia)
Acrylic on canvas  90 x 70cm   £1,000

 Steve baker landscape with background noise46. Steve Baker - Landscape with Background Noise
Giclée Print 1/5  56 x 84cm    £420

Bruer Tidman remembering52. Bruer Tidman - Remembering
Mixed media on paper on board  84 x 65cm   £6,000

Michael Horsley untitled57. Michael Horsley - Untitled
Acrylic & charcoal on paper  57 x 77cm   £1,000

Georgia Jennings Moors hall garden artichoke64. Georgia Jennings Moors - Hall Garden Artichoke
Graphite on paper  59 x 42cm   £4,400

Jessica Burgess Martini89. Jessica Burgess - Martini
Oil and acrylic on canvas  100 x 100cm   £1,400

Mark Richardson Cromer Lighthouse290. Mark Richardson - Cromer Lighthouse
Acrylic & graphite crayon on board  54 x 37cm   £275

Maxine Byron Grey Skies92. Maxine Byron - Grey Skies
Oil on canvas  90 x 90cm   £950

Natalie Lang Grey Day97. Natalie Lang - Grey Day
Oil on ply  30 x 21cm   £375

Elizabeth merriman Tangled up in Blue106. Elizabeth Merriman - Tangled up in Blue
Oil on canvas  107
x122cm    £2,250

Malca Shotten Winter Sun Cromer107. Malca Shotten - Winter Sun, Cromer
Pastel &
charcoal on paper  70 x 100cm   £875 

 Katarzyna Coleman South Denes Road Looking South109. Katarzyna Coleman - South Denes Road Looking South
Acrylic & charcoal on canvas  93 x 125cm
  unframed   £3,500

Rosie Greenhalgh Falling Water145. Rosie Greenhalgh - Falling Water
Acrylic on canvas  100 x 120cm   £1750

 James Colman Loungers146. James Colman - Loungers
Gouache  30 x 30cm   NFS 

 Vanessa Lubach Windswept trees150. Vanessa Lubach - Wiindswept Trees at Cley-next-the-Sea
Linocut  49 x 49cm (framed size).  Edition of 100   £220 framed (1)  £190 unframed (5)

 Christine Elliot Grey Between the Trees157. Christine Elliot Grey - Between the Trees
Oil on board  39 x 39cm   £800

 Susan Isaac Towards the harbour158. Susan Isaac - Towards the Harbour at Wells-next-the-Sea
Oil on canvas  51 x 51cm   £800

Gerard Stamp steps to the spire165. Gerard Stamp - Steps to the Spire (Norwich)
Oil  51 x 40cm   £7,250

Guy Allen Dragonfly study179. Guy Allen - Dragonfly Study
Etching, aquatint and hand finished gold leaf.  Edition of 75  8 x 8cm   £175 framed  £95 unframed

Guy Allen Libby180. Guy Allen - Libby
Etching, aquatint & hand finished gold leaf. Edition of 35  40 x 30cm   £490 framed  £395 unframed

Marilyn Mann Always Together186. Marilyn Mann - Always Together
Oil on canvas  90 x 90cm   £450

Marilyn Mann Going Home187. Marilyn Mann - Going Home
Oil on canvas  90 x 90cm   £450

Ruth Bunnewell Overstrand to Cromer199. Ruth Bunnewell - Overstrand to Cromer (view from the cliff top path)
Oil on canvas  60 x 80cm   £895

 Nick Powell Lonsdale Cinema picture only208. Nick Powell - Lonsdale Cinema
Oil on board  21 x 27cm   £426

Nick Powell apartment rotated209. Nick Powell - Apartment (Continent View)
Oil on MDF  94 x 55cm   £1,278

Lara Cobden Returned222. Lara Cobden - Returned
Oil on wood panel  20 x 30cm   £550

Emily Crookshank Like rubber and glue225. Emily Crookshank - Like Rubber & Glue
Monoprint  30 x 26cm   £450

Chloe Steele Beginnings End230. Chloe Steele - Beginnings End
Pencil on board  70 x 90cm   £2,500

Will Teather Mr P Milnes antiques and curios

234. Will Teather - Mr P Milne's Antiques & Curios
Acrylic paint on sphere, on motorised steel armature 60cm diameter   £12,000



Terms & Conditions of Entry

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

Entrants acknowledge their acceptance by registering. Holt Festival Art Prize is open to anyone aged 16 or older.

All work submitted must be available for inclusion in the Holt Festival Art Prize Exhibition, Saturday 22nd July – Sunday 30th July 2017. 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 15/16th July. Artists are responsible for wrapping and arranging transport. 

Collection of unsold shortlisted works will be from the Auden Theatre on Sunday 30th July between 4.30pm and 6pm, otherwise by appointment.

Artists may opt to sell their work. The festival will charge 22%+VAT commission on all sales.

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.


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