Holt Festival Sir John Hurt Art Prize 2019 Winner: Margie Britz – Blue Moon

 

Holt Festival today announced that the entry period for this year’s Sir John Hurt and Sworders Art Prizes has now been extended until midnight on 1 September 2020.

Open to all artists over 16 years of age, the winner of the Sir John Hurt Art Prize will receive a cheque for £1,750 and their winning entry will be exhibited at the prestigious Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich, Norfolk.

The Sworders Art Prize is specifically aimed at younger artists aged between 16 and 23 years inclusive and the winner of this competition will receive a cheque for £750 together with a commission free exhibition at The Gallery, a new contemporary art space in Holt, Norfolk.

James Glennie, Holt Festival Fine Art Director, said:

“The solitude of lockdown has provided quiet inspiration for many artists. It has been a time of innovation and productivity and we are delighted with the many and varied entries that we have received so far for this year’s Sir John Hurt and Sworders Art Prizes.”

Glennie added:

“Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we were forced to cancel Holt Festival 2020 and its popular Exhibition of Shortlisted Works which were due to take place in July. However, given the artists’ enthusiasm, we have subsequently extended the entry deadline for the Sir John Hurt and Sworders Art Prizes until midnight on 1 September 2020 by which time it is hoped it will be possible to reschedule the Exhibition of Shortlisted Works.”

Entries for this year’s Sir John Hurt Art Prize will be judged by art and architectural historian, Nichola Johnson; curator and publisher, David Case; and award-winning artist, Susan Gunn. And the Sworders Art Prize entries will be judged by Susan Gunn and publisher and gallery owner, Adrian Hill.

Nichola Johnson trained as an archaeologist and then an art/architectural historian. Until 2010, she was Director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. She has been a trustee of the National Trust and of Dulwich Picture Gallery and chaired the boards of Clore Leadership, the Ruskin Foundation and the University Museums Group. She is currently chair of the East Anglian Art Fund and on the boards of various other heritage and cultural organisations.

After working in industry for several years, David Case was one of the founder directors of Christies Contemporary Art (now CCS Galleries). Moving to Marlborough Fine Art as a director in the early 90s as head of their graphics department, he published etchings and lithographs by artists such as Paula Rego, Frank Auerbach and Victor Pasmore. After stepping down, he has worked as a private dealer and is the curator of the exhibition programme at the Corn Hall in Diss.

Susan Gunn, a Norwich University of the Arts alumni, received international recognition when she won the Sovereign European Art Prize. She has previously judged the Bishops Art Prize at Norwich Cathedral and the Sovereign European Art Prize. She is a founder member of Contemporary British Painting and has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, in a number of solo and group exhibitions. Her work is held in public and private collections around the world.

Submissions must be suitable for wall-hanging and can comprise various art forms including painting, drawing, photography, textiles, printmaking, mosaic, sculpture, collage etc.

For more information on the Sir John Hurt Art Prize and Sworders Art Prize 2020 competitions, including details on how to submit entries, please visit www.holtfestival.org.

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Holt Festival Sir John Hurt Art Prize 2019 Winner: Margie Britz – Blue Moon (gouache and graphite on paper, torn and collaged; 80cm x 80cm)