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Art Competition 2022



After a hugely successful competition last year, we are thrilled to be sponsored once again by Jonathan-Lee Soden of The Soden Collection and Katy Rink from MyShrewsbury magazine

This really is a great opportunity for local Shropshire artists to enter this prestigious art competition where the winner gets to have their artwork displayed for a weekend in The Soden Collection gallery window and appear on the front cover of the MyShrewsbury magazine!

If you would like to enter, this is what you need to know:

Anyone aged 15 years and upwards
The festival theme isn’t part of this competition, so you can be as imaginative as you like
Any medium you like


Monday 01 August 2022
Email your entries to:
Please ensure that you use BVAF 2022 Soden Art Competition Entry in the subject line


There is no entry fee, and all entries will be posted in our Online Studio


Artwork must not be wider than 1 metre and the winner will be expected to present their work in a frame

The judges' decision is final and no negotiations or correspondence with entrants will be entered into

And finally, a word from our two lovely sponsors:


When we asked Jonathan why supporting local artists was important to him, he said: “I understand first-hand how art and the ability to create can be a therapy to us humans. It can either ease the mind or bring out emotion to help us deal with life or be a wonderful addition to our soul, so for me to help support this in a little way is very important. I have seen 10 year olds create artwork such as Joe Whale (aka the Doodle Boy) and the entire world has reacted, he has created positivity in a world that has many complications. To encourage this creativity is important to our local community.”  


And when we asked Katy why she was keen to support the competition again this year, Katy said: “I am proud to be able to offer My Shrewsbury magazine as a platform to help support artists in Shrewsbury - it's the best part of my job! The magazine is known for its beautiful front cover artwork, which we commission from different local artists each edition. I love getting to know creative people in our community and to help showcase their work, so it's a natural partnership for us to be working with the Belle Vue Arts Festival. I can't wait to see the entries come in!"


And on behalf of us all at the Belle Vue Arts Festival, we would like to say a HUGE thank you to both Jonathan-Lee Soden and Katy Rink for their generous support



Click HERE to find out more about the Soden Collection

Click HERE to find out more about My Shrewsbury lifestyle magazine

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