Could YOU be our Artist of the Year?
Lancashire Life and Hepplestone Fine Art are hunting for the region’s top talents, writes
Have you got the flair to be our 2019 Lancashire Life Landscape Artist of the Year? Once again, entries are being accepted for the annual competition supported by our partners at Hepplestone Fine Art.
The competition is a perfect springboard for local artists to showcase their work to a wider audience with the winner revealed at the Hepplestone Fine Art gallery in Heskin Shopping Village later this year.
Kate Bentley, who won the first ever award, has a prestigious list of honours and awards to her name and has just scooped first prize in the Upfront 2019 open exhibition at Hutton in the Forest, which runs until March 24. She also has a picture pre-selected for the Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters exhibition at London’s Mall Galleries.
Each year our competition has attracted well over 70 entries and as Lancashire and the Lake District has a rich tradition of landscape art – country and now urban – we are hoping to tap into that wealth of talent. The three top pictures will be displayed at Hepplestone’s which has a fine reputation for nurturing artists from the north west. Several have gone on to establish successful careers. Giles Hepplestone, whose family opened the gallery, said: ‘We are very excited to see this year’s entries. The last two competitions exceeded our hopes in terms of quality and quantity and last year we saw a new development in the arrival of urban landscapes.
‘We love the traditional scenes but this urban imagery added another dimension to the competition, giving it a little more edge and certainly making it more difficult to judge. I hope we see more this year.
‘There has been a real resurgence in the art scene in this part of the country and the
popularity of our artists has been gaining momentum regionally and across the UK.
‘This competition helps to highlight artists who might not have been known by everyone so it really does help them raise their profile.’
The winner will receive a cheque for £250 and all three finalists will have their work featured in a Lancashire Life profile.
Ethereal 3, a work by past winner Kate Bentley
ABOVE: Giles Hepplestone