Enter All the Fun of the Fair arts competition

Amateur artists, schools and community groups are all invited to enter Sandwell’s All the Fun of the Fair arts trail competition.

Sandwell Council’s museums and arts service is looking for creative interpretations of fun fairs, circuses, carnivals and everything in between.

Entries could be a photograph of a circus or fun fair or maybe a painting of a circus performer or showman.

Sandwell Council Leader Councillor Steve Trow, who is also responsible for culture, said: “This is a great opportunity for amateur artists of all ages and follows our successful Hidden Treasures competition last year.

“We will exhibit shortlisted entries across a number of our museum sites throughout the summer, so that Sandwell people can vote for their favourite piece.

“We would love to see some inspiration and creativity from people of all ages, so we are introducing two categories this year, one for under-16s and one for over-16s.”

The trail is open to everyone.

For under-16s, the following are encouraged to apply – children/young people; nursery and pre-school groups; schools; youth groups; play groups; art and craft clubs; Scouts/Cubs/Beavers; Rainbows/Brownies/Girl Guides

For over-16s, the following are encouraged to apply – community groups; art and craft groups; photography societies; volunteer groups; support groups; amateur artist and photographers; university/college students; teachers

Artists can use any of the following mediums:

  • Paint – oils, acrylics
  • Drawing – pencils, charcoals, inks, pastels
  • Photographs – colour/black and white
  • Mixed media – mixture of the above, mosaic, collage

Each entry must be original in concept and design, and in the original medium (not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing). Pieces that have already been submitted into the previous arts trails will not be accepted.

Once artists have completed their piece of art work, they need to send a photograph of the piece to museumarts_tourism@sandwell.gov.ukapplications must be submitted by 17 May.

All submissions will then be viewed and judged.

Shortlisted pieces will be displayed at a number of venues across the Sandwell throughout the summer, giving people the chance to vote for their favourite piece in both categories.

All entrants will be invited to a celebration of the arts trail at the end of the exhibition with a special All the Fun of the Fair event hosted at Manor House Museum at the end of September.

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