Win £1000 with the Flower Power Art Challenge

Enter the Flower Power Art Challenge for a chance to win £1000 and have your art displayed at the Embassy Tea Gallery in London in 2016.

Flower Power Art Challenge
Take the Flower Power Art Challenge for a chance to win £1000.
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Jim Carter
Greenfingers patron, Jim Carter, launched the Flower Power Art Challenge.

It’s funny how big things can develop from small ideas. A couple of years ago, I visited the Summer Exhibition and idly thought wouldn’t it be fun to have an art exhibition based around the theme of Flower Power.

I discussed the idea with the wonderful team at the Greenfingers charity and offered to sponsor it. Since then project leader, Ollie, has done a brilliant job in turning my sketchy idea into reality. It was a proud moment when Jim Carter (Carson from Downton Abbey) officially  launched the Flower Power Art Challenge in October.

We’re asking artists to paint, sketch or create a collage on the theme of ‘Flower Power’ . There are two categories, one for amateurs and the other for professional artists. The public will be invited to vote for their favourites and these will be exhibited at the Embassy Tea Gallery in London next April. A special panel of judges, including Paul Bell (winner of the 2015 BBC Big Painting Challenge) will select the best . The winner in each category will win £1000 and there are runner up prizes too, with a total prize fund of £3500.

The exhibited art will be on sale during the exhibition (the artist decides, in advance, how much they’d like to sell their work for, and the proceeds of the sale will be divided equally between the artist and Greenfingers charity). There’s also an additional prize for the winning amateur artist. They’ll be invited to become a guest artist for one year on the highly prestigious www.upandcomingart.co.uk  website.

We hope that hundreds of artists will enter and that we can raise thousands of pounds to help Greenfingers in their amazing work creating gardens for children’s hospices. There’s plenty of time for you and your friends to plan your masterpieces, the closing date isn’t until 31 January.

Find out more on entering the Flower Power Art Challenge

Happy painting, creating and crafting !

Richard Jackson

About Richard Jackson

Richard has enjoyed a very varied career in gardening from working for world renowned Hillier Nurseries to being Gordon the Gopher’s personal gardener on BBC One’s ‘Going Live’. After setting up and running garden centres in London, he was invited to do a spot of gardening on TV and, to his surprise, enjoyed it. Twenty years on, he’s still doing it, and can be seen most weeks on QVC.
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