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Can you pen together some dazzling words for this year's Belle Vue Arts Festival Writing Competition, theme of TREASURE? If so, get 'digging' for some inspiration!

It can be poetry, prose or a short story, however you want to interpret the theme is up to you and your creative exploration.

Maximum 2,000 words

Email your entries to

Closing date

23 June 24

**Prizes to be won**

Lizzi Stration is back with another of her fantastic 'faceless' competitions! This time it's pubs and publicans.

Pick up a copy at our 'Let's Celebrate' event on Saturday 8 June, or any of our local pubs.


All correct entries will be placed in a draw and the winning entry will receive an illustration of  their house.  

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After a hugely successful competition again 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 as a special feature in 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 2024 Soden Art Competition Entry in the subject line.


There is no entry fee, and all entries must not be wider than 1 metre, with the winner 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 Soden 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, encouraging creativity is important to our local community.”  


And when we asked Katy Rink 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! 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 continued 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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