Painting - Sculpture - Textiles - Photography - Poetry

Artwork by Mary Deaville


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Competition Rules

By entering the competition you are accepting the following conditions. Please read carefully before submitting your entry.

Entry opens on Sunday 23rd June at 9am, please do not try to enter before!

Any queries, please feel free to contact us on



There are no restrictions on age, training or nationality of participants.

There is no limit to the number of artworks per entrant.


A Cash Prize of £300 and a Two-page Feature in Creates Magazine (worth £320!) will be awarded to the overall winning entry!

The award ceremony will take place at An Evening of Art and Music at The Secret Gallery, The Shambles, Newent on Saturday 3rd August, 7-9pm (the winner will be notified in advance to ensure attendance!)


Cost per entry - £10.00 for the first entry, £5.00 for subsequent entries.


Artists must be the owner and creator of the work(s) submitted. Original artworks only.

All Artworks must be available for exhibition and for sale at The Secret Gallery from 3rd August - 31st August 2019.



Poetry, and any 2D or 3D artworks will be accepted - paintings, photography, print, textiles, sculpture etc. We cannot accept sound, video or installation work. Any queries, please email for advice (


2D work, including poems, should be framed ready for display (stretched canvas is fine unframed)


Maximum size for entries is 150 cm x 150 cm. Please contact us in advance if you wish to enter large sculptural pieces



Submissions open from Sunday 23rd June at 9am and closes on Sunday 21st July at Midnight.

Please do not try to submit works before or after these dates!


Please use the entry form on this website. Payment is made through the form via paypal.


Alternatively you may print the form and post it along with a CD or memory stick containing images of submission/s with payment by cheque made payable to Hannah Ferguson (Owner of The Secret Gallery and organiser of The Newent Art Competition) (£10/first entry, £5 for subsequent entries) to the Following address:


Newent Art Competition. The Secret Gallery, Unit 12 The Shambles, Newent, GL18 1PP


Or bring your form and digital copy directly to The Secret Gallery, digital copies only at the entry stage - please do not bring your artwork to the gallery!


Please note that we do not offer refunds for entries.



Please send one image of each submission, depicting the whole of the artwork.

Images must be JPG files not exceeding 2MB. Poetry submissions may be uploaded as a PDF. Please name each file with your surname and initial along with the corresponding image number on the entry form eg. smith.j.1.jpg


By entering, Artists agree that we may reproduce their work (at no fee) for promotional material (eg. Printed advertising, website, facebook, instagram etc) in direct relation to the competition and for the promotion of future Newent Art Competitions. 



Successful applicants will be notified by email by Friday 26th July


Works will be judged, by a panel of judges, on both artistic merit and relevance to the selected theme of 'British Flora and Faua'

This years panel will be composor Bill Anderton, Kenny John of Creates Magazine and Gallery, and Hannah Ferguson of The Secret Gallery The judges decision will be final!


All accepted works must be delivered to:

The Secret Gallery, Unit 12 The Shambles, Newent, Gloucestershire. GL18 1PP.

on Tuesday 30th July, between 11am and 7pm. (except by prior arrangement)


All accepted works must be available for sale and available to be exhibited in the Newent Art Competition 2019 Exhibition at The Secret Gallery from Saturday 3rd August to Saturday 31st August 2019.


NB: The organisers will take a commission of 35% on any sales.




23rd June  -                  Competition open for submissions (9am)

21st July -                      Closing date for submissions (Midnight)

26th July -                     Successful (and unsuccessful) applicants to be notified

30th July -                    Delivery of selected artworks to The Secret Gallery (11am - 7pm)

3rd August -                 Exhibition Opening and An Evening of Art and Music (7-9pm) at The Secret Gallery, The Shambles, Newent

3rd -31st August -        Exhibition open at the The Secret Gallery.

3rd September -          All unsold artworks to be collected from The Secret Gallery (10-4pm) (except by prior arrangement)


Good Luck! We look forward to seeing all your entries!