Swire Ridgeway Arts Prize 2021


The Friends of the Ridgeway were very disappointed to have to cancel the Swire Ridgeway Arts Prize in 2020. However, we are delighted to announce that the Swire Ridgeway Arts Prize will be held next year in in April 2021. If practical and possible, there will be an exhibition in Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington; if not possible there will be an online exhibition and prize giving. A Flyer for the competition is attached. 

The aim of the competition is to bring The Ridgeway to life not only as a long distance trail but as an artistic inspiration, and to show The Ridgeway, its history and environs, in all their aspects throughout all seasons. The theme of the competition is ‘Spirit of the Ridgeway’The competition Rules and Entry Form are attached. There will be separate classes for (i) wall art (including painting, drawing, etching, textile pictures and wall hangings, and mosaics), (ii)  sculpture (including ceramics), (iii)   photography (including digital art), and (iv) writing (poetry or prose). 

If possible there will be an exhibition of works submitted for the competition.  It will be open to the public on Saturday 24 April and Sunday 25 April 2021 in the Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington (Broad Street, Uffington, Oxfordshire, SN7 7RA),  located in the centre of the beautiful and historic rural village of Uffington in the Vale of the White Horse. If a physical exhibition is not possible, there will be an online exhibition and prize giving. The Ridgeway Friends Day will be on Sunday 25 April 2021 which will include our AGM as well as the arts prize giving.

Sunday 25 April 2021 – definitely a date for your diary.


Unfortunately, it does not seem safe and sensible to hold a physical exhibition for the Swire Ridgeway Arts prize this year. Hence, the 2021 Arts Prize will be an online exhibition.  

The exhibition will be open on line at our web site at https://ridgewayfriends.org.uk/swire-ridgeway-arts-prize/   from Sunday 18 April 2021 with the Prize Giving online via Zoom on Sunday 25 April 2021. Entries should be photographs of the original art work and accompanied by an Entry Form. If you are unable to take a suitable photograph the original work can be submitted at 2 Fernham Road, Faringdon where Anthony Burdall will make the necessary photograph. Those that have already submitted an entry do not have to make any changes to their entries. The entries submitted for the 2020 prize and not collected can be submitted to the 2021 prize; please submit a revised Entry Form but there is no requirement for a photograph of the work as they have already been photographed. 

Links to the revised Flyer, Rules and Entry Form are attached. 

We look forward to receiving entries to the competition. We hope that it will again be a successful event celebrating the artistic inspiration of the Ridgeway, albeit not in the form we would like. 


A Flyer for the competition is linked here.


The Competition rules are linked here. 


The Entry form is linked here.