A new, one-day art competition, Art Challenge Wales is to take place in Porthcawl on Saturday 6 June.
Open to all artists (professional, students and amateurs) – crossing art forms from painting to sculpting – the eight-hour challenge is the first of its kind in Wales and will see artists from far and wide flock to the seaside town:
“It usually takes me months to finish a piece of work so I’m excited to test out a new skillset”’ said one entrant.
Winning prizes include £500, £300 and £200 and the opportunity to be exhibited at Cardiff’s Kooywood Gallery.
The competition will be judged by an impressive line up, which includes BBC Wales arts programme presenter Kim Howells, internationally acclaimed painter Kevin Sinnott, and Kooywood gallery owner Rhian Jones.
“I am keen to support art in Wales and delighted to help judge what promises to be an exciting and testing competition,” said former government minister Howells, who studied at Hornsey College of Art and has remained passionate about art throughout his career.
All entries will be showcased at the Art Challenge Wales online gallery and a people’s prize of £200 will be awarded to the work that receives the most votes.
The competition seeks to encourage and support artists and art in Wales and to create an exciting annual cultural event that will attract national and international artists and visitors to the area.
“We’re bringing art from the studios to the streets with the aim of raising the profile of art in Wales and promoting the area,” said sponsor and local businessman Philip Salmon Vaughan, who came up with the innovative idea. “A diverse range of artists have entered already and we expect there to be an electric energy on the day resulting in some terrific art work.”