Viola Trust launches competition for artists and writers

Viola Trawler Post

14th June 2020

The Viola Trust, which is working to bring the Viola trawler back to Hull from her current location on the beach at Grytviken, South Georgia, is delighted to announce a competition for artists and writers.

The Viola Trawler 1,000 Words Competition is open to all – not just residents of the Hull and East Yorkshire area – and offers significant prizes and extensive publicity for the successful entrants.

Developed from the famous quote that a picture is worth a thousand words, the competition is split into two categories – Viola-related paintings or drawings, or a piece of Viola-related writing up to a maximum of 1,000 words.

David Drewry, one of the Viola Trustees, has written his own short story, longer than the word limit for this competition but published below in three parts.

You can submit as many entries in each category as you wish but a £5 fee is payable for each entry.

The judges will award a £200 prize for the best artwork and another £200 for the best written piece. There will also be an additional prize of £100 in each category for the entry which comes top in a public vote following an exhibition of work shortlisted by the judges but not selected for the top prize.

Each category will also be open to artists and writers aged 16 and under on the closing date of 1 September 2020. Entry will be free of charge. Prizes are to be confirmed and are likely to be modest cash awards or vouchers.

It is the intention that the shortlisted artworks and written pieces will be displayed at an exhibition later this year. If that is prevented by restrictions or availability of a suitable venue the work will be displayed online.

It is also the intention that a selection of the artworks and possibly some of the written work will be featured in the official Viola 2021 calendar, which we hope to produce as we build on the success of the 2020 calendar featuring paintings by Larry Malkin.

The artworks selected for the exhibition of shortlisted entries will be auctioned with 50 per cent of the proceeds going to the Viola campaign and the other 50 per cent retained by the artist.

Larry Malkin will be one of the judges in the artwork category along with Carol Davidson, whose “Rust in Peace” painting of the Viola featured in this year’s Ferens Open Exhibition. Other judges in both categories will be announced in due course.

Their decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Please see below for details of terms and conditions and how to enter.

Picture shows Larry with some of the work which featured in the Viola calendar.

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