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Entries invited for our water-themed art competition

As part of our 30th anniversary celebrations, we are inviting artists to enter our ‘Art in the Park’ competition. Prizes are up for grabs in three different age categories for 2D artwork relating to the theme of ‘Water in our world’.

Helping everyone live and work sustainably with water is the aim of our owners, HR Wallingford. By choosing ‘water in our world’ as the competition theme, the company wants to encourage people to think about the role and importance of water in our lives.

Participants in the competition are free to interpret ‘water in our world’ as they wish, but are encouraged to visit Howbery Park for inspiration. There is much to inspire, including the historic manor house with its sweeping lawn and café terrace, the riverbank, tree-lined avenues, wildflower patches, rose beds among the former stable buildings, a plethora of butterflies, bee hives, and a solar park.

First prize in the over-18s category is £500 while two highly commended entries will receive a £250 prize each. Winners in each of the two junior categories (ages 12-18, and age 4-11) will receive a £50 prize each for themselves and £250 for their nominated school or youth group to spend on art supplies.

The deadline for entries is 31 July 2024. Entrants aged 18 and under must create their artwork on a postcard measuring 148 x 105mm, which they can send via post to the Howbery Park Estate office or hand in at Howbery’s Manor Café.

Over-18s’ artwork can be up to A3 in size and must initially be submitted online as a jpeg or png file (max size 5Mb). If shortlisted, artists will be invited to bring in their physical artwork, which will be displayed at an exhibition in the park on 9-13 September. Winners will be announced on 9 September.

Art Competition

Enter the competition

Please select an option:

If entering one of the junior categories (ages 4-11, or ages 12-18):

  • Either hand in your postcard in person at the Manor Café at Howbery Park, or send your postcard to Art in the Park, Howbery Park Estates office, Howbery Business Park, Wallingford, OX10 8BA.
  •  Include artist's name, your age (at time of creating the artwork),  parent/guardian name, parent/guardian email address, address, and name of your nominated  school or youth group.

By submitting a postcard, you agree to our terms and conditions.

If entering the over 18 competition:

  •  Please submit a photo of your artwork online. If shortlisted, we will ask you to send in your original artwork.

Maximum file size: 5MB

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