Swire Ridgeway Arts Prize 2023


The Friends of the Ridgeway are delighted to announce that the Swire Ridgeway Arts Prize will be held in April 2023. There will be both a physical exhibition in 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, and an associated online exhibition. A flyer for the competition is available to download along with the competition Rules and Entry Form.

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. In this context Ridgeway refers to the full length of the ancient tracks running along the chalk down land from Dorset to Norfolk and not just The Ridgeway National Trail. The Trail celebrates 50 years in 2023 and we hope artists can take inspiration from the past and present. The theme of the competition is ‘Spirit of the Ridgeway’.

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).

The exhibition in the Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington will be open to the public on Saturday 22 April and Sunday 23 April 2023 from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The associated online exhibition will be on our web site and will be open to the public on Monday 24 April 2023. The Ridgeway Friends Day will be on Sunday 23 April 2023 which will include our AGM as well as the arts prize giving.

The Flyer for the competition along with the Rules and Entry Form are attached.

A Flyer for the competition is linked here

The Competition rules are linked here

The Entry form is linked here

View the Swire Ridgeway Arts Prize Exhibition