In May, “The People’s Friend” offered artists an unbelievable opportunity: the chance to become the new J Campbell Kerr.
Our competition, in partnership with the Robin & Eirwen Bell Trust, asked for an original painting of a British beauty spot. The artist had to paint by hand on paper or board, using traditional methods.
The lucky winner would:
- Receive £300 prize money
- Have their winning illustration featured in “The People’s Friend”
- Receive mentoring from our Illustrations Editor, Sarah Holliday
- Potentially receive paid commissions for future front-cover artwork
We were inundated with entries, which was great!
The standard of the paintings we received was incredibly high. This made the judging process a very difficult task.
The judging panel was made up of Editor Angela, Illustrations Editor Sarah, a current “Friend” cover artist, and sponsor Robin Bell.
Take a look at the video of the judging process below:
All they had to do was pick their favourite . . . but it was too hard!
That’s why they decided to award some entries either “highly commended” or “special mention” status!
We’ll announce the winner of the J Campbell Kerr competition in our August 31 issue. And a little earlier here on our website!
Remember to keep an eye on our competition pages. You never know, you might find yourself in the pages of the “Friend” one day!