Worthing Portrait Artist of the Year 2019

The Gallery at St. Paul’s, Worthing is hosting a Portrait Artist of the Year competition for artists within a 20- mile radius of BN11 on Friday 22nd March 2019.

Join us for an exciting evening of live portraiture: 12 artists, 4 hours, 3 sitters and a £500 cash prize!
St. Paul’s has begun the search for 12 talented artists aged 18+ to come together for 4 hours of live portraiture work on the evening of Friday the 22nd of March 2019. Over the course of the evening, each artist will complete a portrait of one of three sitters, whose identities will be revealed in the preceding days. This not-to-be-missed event will be open to all on a ticketed basis. Members of the public will be able to observe the artists at work and watch as portraits take shape before their eyes. The event will be followed by an exhibition of the final portraits, which will be open to the Public Vote.

Andrew Fadoju, a Trustee of St. Paul’s and Member of Faith Through Action will have the great honour of presenting the winning prize, with two runners up prizes being presented by a representative of Seawhite of Brighton.

St. Paul’s is deeply appreciative for the support and generosity of local charity Faith Through Action, which has enabled us to award £500 in memory of Bernard Lord. Mr. Lord, a founding member of the charity and a much-missed figure of our community, was a life-long Arts enthusiast who ran classes for budding artists. The coveted Bernard Lord Prize for Portraiture will be awarded later on in April, when the winner of the Public Vote is announced.

The 3 sitters will be revealed in due course and will each receive a professional print of their favourite portrait, supplied by local firm Subwayeps, who has also provided the print work for the competition. Further prizes will be available from the raffle, where the main prize will be to have a portrait of your choosing painted by David Freud. We are grateful for the support of all our sponsors: Faith Through Action, Subwayeps, Seawhite of Brighton and The Cellar Arts Club, Worthing.

The Judges will also be revealed nearer the time and there will be a grand Raffle.

St. Paul’s first Portrait Artist of the Year held in March, was a great success and many of the artists are still talking about it and looking forward to next year’s event. The winner, Steve Mort-Hill announced he would be donating the prize money to the Homeless.

Andrew Fadoju, a Trustee of St. Paul’s and representative of Faith through Action Charity who kindly provided the £500 cash prize is seen here presenting the cheque to Sophie Moore of Turning Tides, formerly Worthing Churches Homeless Projects.

For more details on the event, and to submit your application please read information on the page here. The deadline is 12 Noon on Friday 11th January 2019.

About St. Paul’s, Worthing:
St Paul’s is a community focused venue, gallery, café and bar in the heart of Worthing. It is an inclusive and vibrant multi-purpose venue that provides a unique space for both charitable & commercial activity. St. Paul’s talented staff and volunteers pool their diverse skills to host a range of events across the year designed to energise, captivate, satisfy, and connect with the local community.

About SubwayEPS:
Our passion for our trade is a revelation. Over the 26 years in the industry we have always been at the top end of the marketplace. Having pride in our work and a professional work ethic. We have never felt like owners of a business but partners with our clients, supplying them and their customers the best results possible. We love helping and relish a challenge so feel free to tap into our knowledge of Exhibitions, Photography and Signage.

About Seawhite of Brighton:
Over the last 40 years, Seawhite has developed in to one of the UK’s most successful educational suppliers of art & design materials, while remaining a thriving, independent family business. They provide fast and direct access to quality products, many of which are made by them in the UK. Most famous of these is the Seawhite sketchbook, which has been used by many of the UK’s leading artists and designers.

About The Cellar Arts Club:
The Cellar Arts initiative was established to create a new type of alternative, socially inclusive community forum for those people living in and around the Worthing area who are interested, or engaged in the arts. It is especially involved in providing a platform to those artists and performers who might otherwise struggle to be heard and appreciated. The Cellar Arts Club is a Worthing-based not for profit users’ co-operative. It is a unique basement venue run and staffed entirely by volunteers, with a members-only policy.

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