The Harrington Cup!

Watford Area Arts Forum Art & Literature Competition 2018

This year, 2018 will be marked with commemorations of 100th Anniversaries; the end of the First World War, the formation of the Royal Air Force and the 1918 Representation of the People Act, giving women the right to vote. Watford Area Arts Forum, Watford Writers and Watford & Bushey Arts Society would like to invite you to express your interpretation on a theme of ‘100’ in art form or in writing. You can use one of the themes listed or any other reflection of 100 years ago or the number 100. 

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

On Saturday, 28 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, who says:

"Its a pleasure to be able to support this local art and literary competition. Every year, I am so impressed by the quality and the creativity of the entries, and I'm sure this year will be no exception!" 

Art Challenge

Please submit your work with the theme ‘100’ and your interpretation of this, but please give your pictorial entry a title other than ‘100’.

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

Please bring your entry along to Watford Museum on Wednesday 4 July, between 11am and 4pm. All entries will be on display at the Museum (during normal opening hours) from 5 July until Saturday 28 July. You will have the option of putting your work up for sale, but they will remain in situ until the 28 July We are delighted that Sheelagh Frew Crane, a local artist, has agreed to judge the anonymous entries.

Writing Challenge

Can you come up with 500 words on the theme of ‘100’, they could be in the style of a factual or fictional story that you are bursting to write, or maybe a poem? You might put a modern twist on an old fashioned story or fable, suffragettes, the widows of WW1, or 100 years since Stonehenge

We are delighted that the entries will be shortlisted by Jan Moran Neil MSt (Cantab) B.Ed. Hons. Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Cambridge, performed playwright, published writer, experienced tutor, freelance editor and publisher, actress and director.  The final judging panel will include Richard Harrington MP.

The deadline for entry is Monday 11 June. The top ten entries will be displayed at Watford Museum, and the winners of the literary competition will be announced at a Watford Writers’ meeting on Monday 9 July at 7.30pm. All entrants are invited to the results night and the presentation event on Saturday 28 July at Watford Museum.

Please note the entries should have no less than 300 words.

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