Sunday 12th July, 2020
What is the Great Northern
The Great Northern Art Challenge is a one day art event, in the idyllic setting of St John's Chapel in Weardale, North Pennines.
Open to all ages and abilities, it's an opportunity to join other art enthusiasts and professionals in an exciting and ambitious new project.
It is not-for-profit and aims to unite the local and national art community with a unique and brilliant way to meet and network with other artists, explore the local areas of natural beauty and gain great exposure for your artwork.
The Great Northern Art Challenge will be an unforgettable artistic adventure and a bloody good day out!
How To Find Us
St John's Chapel is a village in County Durham, in England, at the heart of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It is situated in Weardale, on the south side of the River Wear on the A689 road between Daddry Shield and Ireshopeburn.
Registration and judging will take place in the village Town Hall, situated in the centre of the village.
Wheelchair access available.
Sunday 12th July, 2020
The Great Northern Art Challenge takes place on Sunday 12th July, 2020.
Join us at the town hall at any time from 10am for registration and to get your canvas/paper stamped by us.
You must return to the town hall before 2pm, so your artwork can be entered for judging.
Whilst judging is taking place, there will be art demonstrations from renowned artists Mark Rowney and Paula Dunn.
Timeline of Events
on The Day
Meet us in St Johns Chapel Town Hall from 10am for competition registration.
Here you will receive an official authenticity stamp on the back of your paper, canvas, board or chosen media.
You will receive a little goody bag, including a guide of suggested beauty spots in the local area.
Go out to explore Weardale and complete your artworks.
RETURN FOR JUDGING
Return your finished piece to the Town Hall no later than 2pm for judging to commence.
A designated area in the Town Hall will be available from 2pm to mount, frame or 'prepare' your art, ready for judging at 2.30.
There will be space for you to mount and frame your work if you so wish.
Whilst judging is taking place, Weardale's own internationally acclaimed professional artist, Mark Rowney, will be demonstrating some of his specialist art techniques and answering any questions you have.
Once the judges have finished, their Third, Second and First place winners will be announced.
This is a great opportunity to check out your fellow artists' work and celebrate our achievements.
To round off the days events, we have professional artist, Paula Dunn, Britain’s leading artist in the field of cold waxing, to demonstrate and talk about her methods.
FINISH / PUB
We're heading to the pub for a well-deserved pint of ale. Feel free to join us, otherwise, we'll see you next year!
Meet the Panel
We all accept that art is entirely subjective and the judges will have an extremely hard job to choose just a handful of artworks as winners. Our judges have been carefully chosen for their varied experience in the art world.
Speciality: Landscape, acrylic
Speciality: Landscape, watercolour
Book your place in the Great Northern Art Challenge
Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.
Follow the links opposite to buy tickets through Eventbrite.