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Watford Area Arts Forum Art & Literature Competition 2019

The Harrington Trophy


The theme of the annual Watford Area Arts Forum competition this year is ‘Dreams’. We would like to invite you to express your interpretation on the theme in any art form or in writing. Dreams could cover many topics; nightmares, dreamcatchers, the meaning of a dream, foretelling of an event, aspirations or your own slant on the theme.

The winners of each of the competitions will receive The Harrington Trophy and a £50 cash prize, 2nd prize is £30 and 3rd is £20.  

On Saturday, 20 July, at 2.30 pm presentations will be made to the winners of the competitions in both categories at Watford Museum. The prizes have been generously donated by Richard Harrington MP.


Art Challenge

Please submit your work with the theme ‘Dreams’ and your interpretation of this, but please give your entry a title other than ‘Dreams’.

Entries can be in any form; oils, watercolours, pen and ink, collages, photographs etc.

Please bring your entry along to Watford Museum on Wednesday 3 July, between 11am and 4pm. All entries will be on display at the Museum (during normal opening hours) from 4 July until Saturday 20 July. You will have the option of putting your work up for sale, but they will remain in situ until the 20 July. We are delighted that Mario Lautier Vella, a local artist and the winner of last year’s trophy, has agreed to judge the entries this year.


Writing Challenge

Can you come up with 500 words on the theme of ‘Dreams’? This could be in the style of a factual or fictional story that you are bursting to write, or maybe a poem or a play?

We are delighted that the entries will be shortlisted by Mick Callanan, Delivery Director for the Orwell Youth Prize and an English Teacher for 30 years . The final judging panel will include Richard Harrington MP and Peter Taylor, Watford’s Elected Mayor and Oliver Phillips, former Watford Observer Journalist.

The deadline for entry is Monday 17 June. The entries will be then be displayed at Watford Museum from the 4 July, and the winners of the literary competition will be announced at a Watford Writers’ meeting on Monday 15 July at 7.30pm. All entrants are invited to the results night and also to the presentation event on Saturday 20 July at Watford Museum.

Please note the entries should have no less than 300 words and entitle your work something other than ‘dreams’.

Full details for submitting your entry and rules are available at: www.watfordwriters.co.uk or www.watfordareaartsforum.com Queries should be referred to Watfordwriters@gmail.com (Literature) or lwjbutler@live.co.uk (Art)


Notes to Editors

Any queries about this article should be referred to Helen Nicell lels40@hotmail.com

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Watford Area Arts Forum 2019 Art Competition      


       WAAF Competition & Exhibition rules



           At Watford Museum, 4 – 20 July 2019



ENTRIES: Subject open to personal interpretation.

The work should measure no more than one metre square.

Each artist can submit up to TWO works of art suitable and prepared for hanging.

All works will be included in the competition.

Hanging may be subject to selection.

Works may be offered for sale on the understanding, they remain part of the exhibition until July 20.

No entry fee and no commission will be charged.


VENUE: The Foyer at Watford Museum, Lower High Street.


OPENING TIMES: Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Admission free.


HANDING IN: Wednesday, 3 July , between 11am and 4pm.


MEDIA: Any medium may be submitted, including photography, but must be original works. No copies or Giclee prints.


FRAMING: No formal framing is required but all works should be prepared and ready for hanging.


ENTRY FORMS: An exhibition entry form must be submitted with the exhibits. Please write clearly.


LABELS: Each work must have a stick-on label on the back giving the title, name and price (if offered for sale). A label should also be attached so that it will hang over the print or the picture.


INSURANCE: The insurance of all the exhibits is the responsibility of the individual person. Watford Museum and WAAF cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage.


PRIZE PRESENTATION RECEPTION: The competition will be judged by local artist, Mario Lautier Vella, winner of last year’s competition and announced at 2.30 pm on Saturday, July 20 at the museum, to which all entrants and their guests are invited. (There will be no Private View at the start of the exhibition).


COLLECTION: Artists must collect their work on Saturday, July 20 from 4 to 5pm.


For any enquiries, please contact Lewis Butler butlerarts@outlook.com


 Writing Entry Form and rules 2019.rtf


WAAF - Art entry form 2019.rtf