Artists of all ages are invited to put brush, pen, pencil or pixel to paper and take part in a nationwide competition celebrating connections around the River Medway.
The competition is run by Nucleus Arts in partnership with the Rochester Bridge Trust. Its theme is Bridging Medway, and artists are asked to submit a photograph of their work based on this theme.
Genevieve Tullberg of Nucleus Arts explained: “This competition is a way for the Rochester Bridge Trust and Nucleus Arts to celebrate the value of creative talent in Kent and beyond. We encourage entrants to think not only figuratively about physically bridging the river and celebrating the engineering that enables this, but symbolically as well.”
Split into two competitions, the contest is open to adults (aged 18 and over) and children (aged seven to 17 at the time of the closing date). An expert panel of judges will select the finalists, who will be invited to show their work in a dedicated exhibition, before the winners are announced in two prize giving ceremonies.
Caroline Chisholm, Education Officer for the Rochester Bridge Trust, added: “When Nucleus Arts approached us to support this competition we felt particularly strongly it should be opened up to children as well as adults.
“Part of our work involves encouraging the next generation to become civil engineers, in particular bridge builders, which can be a very creative role, and so we look forward to seeing the young people’s interpretation on the theme of Bridging Medway.”
The deadline for entries is Tuesday, 22nd August.
The children’s competition is free to enter. Photographs of the artwork, along with the child’s name and age, and the name and contact details of a parent or guardian should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org – terms and conditions here
The adult competition costs £10 to enter and up to two pieces of work may be submitted. Photographs of the art should be submitted via http://www.nucleusarts.com/bridging-medway/ terms and conditions here
Individual exhibitions for both categories will be held at Nucleus Arts, Chatham, with the adults’ show running for a week from 28th September, followed by the children’s exhibition from 6th October.
Winners from the adult competition will receive £1,000, £500 and £250 respectively. Prizes for children will be tickets to an activity park, determined according to age suitability.