Art prize hon­ours Sir John

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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.holt­fes­ti­ The Holt Fes­ti­val runs from 22 – 30 July.

Sir John Hurt pre­sent­ing the Award in 2015 to win­ner Francesca Perkins

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