Could YOU be our Artist of the Year?

Lancashire Life - - COMPETITIO­N -

Lan­cashire Life and Hep­ple­stone Fine Art are hunt­ing for the re­gion’s top tal­ents, writes

BAR­BARA WAITE

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

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