Art prize honours Sir John
A TOP art prize has been renamed in honour of one of Norfolk’s most famous adopted sons. The Holt Festival Art Prize will be known as Holt Festival Sir John Hurt Art Prize to celebrate the screen and stage acting legend who, before his death in January, had been a great supporter of the award. He served on the panel of judges and presented the award to the winning entry as often as acting commitments allowed.
Alongside his amazing acting career the late Sir John was a gifted 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 his life. He was also passionately interested in encouraging others, in recent years becoming chancellor of Norwich University of The Arts.
Holt Festival - Sir John Hurt Art Prize is open to artists everywhere. There is a cash prize of £1,500 for the winner and the winning artwork will be exhibited at Norwich’s prestigious Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in the autumn.
All types of visual art are welcome but entries must be submitted before the deadline of midnight Sunday June 18. Judges will select a shortlist to be exhibited at the Auden Theatre, Holt from July 23 to 30. Entry forms can be downloaded from www.holtfestival.org The Holt Festival runs from 22 – 30 July.