Hostry Festival in Norwich launches art competition

Norwich Cathedral's Hostry at night. Photo: Paul Tyagi.The cathedral will host the Hostry Festival i

Norwich Cathedral's Hostry at night. Photo: Paul Tyagi.The cathedral will host the Hostry Festival in Autumn 2013. - Credit: Paul Tiagi

A city based arts extravaganza celebrating Norfolk talent is holding a competition for people of all ages to design the cover of the festival's programme.

The Hostry Festival is back at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry this autumn, and its organisers are now looking for a new image for this year's programme of events.

In keeping with the tradition of the festival, the artwork should feature the cathedral's Hostry building, and the winning design will be featured on the front of the 15,000 copies of the festival' brochure that will be distributed across Norfolk.

Stash Kirkbride, artistic director of the festival, said: 'We are keen that the competition is open to all age groups. The winner could be an established Norfolk artist with lots of experience or somebody who has just graduated from Norwich University of the Arts, or it could be someone with very little experience.

'We are also keen for schools to get involved in the competition and put some of their pupils forward.

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'The design can either be an interpretation of the Hostry building or anything to do with the outside of the Hostry building, or it could be based on the photograph of the Hostry at night by Paul Tyagi that we have previously used on our front cover. The artwork could be done in oils, watercolour, charcoal or any material.

'The winner will have their design put on the front of the brochure which has 15,000 copies printed and goes out right across Norfolk. It would also be the main image for this year's Hostry Festival.'

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The finalists in the front cover competition may also have their work exhibited in the Hostry Festival's My Norfolk exhibition which aims to reflect the diversity of the county and the artists living and working here.

As previously reported, artists are now being invited to send in submissions of their work about Norfolk for consideration for the exhibition that will run throughout the Hostry Festival.

Mr Kirkbride said: 'It's so inspiring to see the submissions to the new exhibition coming in from artists all over the county. Once again Norfolk is showing itself to be so full of stories, being told through many different art forms, and we are looking forward to sharing it all with Hostry Festival visitors in the autumn.'

• To enter the front cover competition people should send a jpeg image of their work to and include the heading 'front cover competition' in the subject title. The deadline for entries is 9am on June 15.

• For the My Norfolk exhibition Norfolk-based artists can submit for consideration one or two works of art inspired by the county. Artists should send in one or two jpeg images of their work with a 100-word description, including dimensions and materials, and a 100-word description of their artistic practice to

The deadline is 9am on June 15.

• The 2013 Hostry Festival will be at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry from Thursday, October 24 until Sunday, November 3, and the full line-up of events will be announced in the summer. Visit

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