Local charity Arts Richmond is again working with celebrated local artist Diana Armfield (RA NEAC) to run its latest competition for drawing from observation, offering a cash prize of £250 to the winner.

Open to artists aged 16+ across Richmond upon Thames, the competition was created to honour the memory of Diana’s late husband, Bernard Dunstan RA, who used to draw her every day they were married.

Currently aged 102, Diana will judge the entries herself, alongside members of the Arts Richmond Visual Arts Committee.

Diana wishes to encourage artists to draw directly from life, not from photographs or on digital devices. She says:

“All professionals, amateurs and even those who say, ‘I can’t draw a line’ are welcome to submit their drawings!”

Entries must be original drawings in pencil, charcoal, pen or ink and must be received by 26 February 2023.

Read the full terms and conditions for the competition.

Chair of the Arts Richmond Visual Arts Committee, Catherine Sweet, says:

“It’s an absolute pleasure to judge this prize with Diana for a second year. The breadth of talent represented across the borough is just brilliant and I very much look forward to the selection this year. Arts Richmond represents arts and culture across the whole borough, and we very much encourage artists of all backgrounds to enter their work.”

All entries will be displayed as part of an exhibition at The Exchange, Twickenham, between 13 and 26 March, as well as being made available for sale via the Arts Richmond website.

A private view for the exhibition, along with the prize giving, will be held at The Exchange on Thursday 23 March from 6 to 8pm.


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