Creativity Award for Young Artists and Creators

The Competition

The Wye Valley has inspired artists for centuries: from the misty views of JMW Turner, to the romantic lines of Wordsworth, and more recently, the series “Sex Education”, have all drawn images, atmospheres and narratives from this beautiful area.

The Wye Valley River Festival is offering up to 4 awards of £400 to young artists who live, work, attend education or train in the Wye Valley Area Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), or who can demonstrate a relevant link to the area. The 4 selected works will then be put to a public vote online during the Wye Valley River Festival for the opportunity to win an additional £400.

This is an opportunity to create digital content (an audio or film file) which can be ‘premiered’ at the on-line Wye Valley River Festival 21 – 27 September 2020. It will also be used in our social media activities to support the Wye Valley River Festival and the ongoing work of the Wye Valley AONB Partnership.

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The Theme

The theme for this award is Wye Valley Inspirationand you can take your inspiration from anything that you’ll find within the Wye Valley AONB (see the full area) – the current situation, history, nature, people, water, sound, smells, etc, etc – go wild, the judges want to be surprised.

File Formats

The artwork can be in any medium, but must be presented digitally (audio or film file) in a way that engages audiences watching on-line. We are particularly keen to see work which speaks to young people. Creatives may be artists or illustrators, musicians or dancers, makers or film makers, photographers or sculptors, poets or writers, fibre or metal workers, creatives or digital artists. Blow us away with your creativity.

Work can be submitted by individual artists or groups as long as all are with the 16 – 25 age range – see Terms & Conditions and how to apply here. Information on technical details regarding digital file uploads here.

Entry Deadline

Deadline for receipt of applications is 23.59 on 7 September 2020. The winners will be announced and premiered during the Wye Valley River Festival 2020, with the public vote closing on 26th September 2020. Judges will include artists, curators and representatives of the Wye Valley AONB.

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