The Isle of Wight’s Monkton Arts is launching an Arts Prize competition this summer for both budding and established artists.

The competition is set to have both adult and children’s categories and has attracted some generous sponsors.

Indigo Graphics, Rapanui and Bearsalls’ Arty Card Company, and a collective of generous local donors make up the prizes with a top prize of £1000, along with a professional exhibition in the Acons Gallery at Monkton Arts.

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Ryde School is generously offering art materials for the children’s prizes with cards produced by the Arty Card Company for the children to become commercial artists.

For many years, the Isle of Wight has been an inspiring place for artists to settle, and we hope to attract their interest and make the Monkton Arts Prize a prestigious event in the Islands arts calendar. As far as we know it is the only open submission arts prize exclusive to Island residents with no theme or focus other than ART!

Entrants are to submit a photo of their work online. A shortlist of 50 will be on display at Monkton Arts from 10th – 21st August and the awards ceremony will take place on the evening of 21st August.

Judges include talented artists Jeff Dyson and the three resident artists at Monkton Arts, Sandy Kendall, Mandy Bangerter and Karl Stedman. To enter please visit An adult entrant ticket is £10, and £3 for children.

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