Art can be more than just a hobby with crafty competition

Painting of Stanborough Lakes.

Painting of Stanborough Lakes. - Credit: Archant

Artists of all ages are being given the chance to show off their creative talents by entering an annual art competition set up by the Hobbycraft store.

The Stevenage branch of the arts and crafts outlet has launched its annual Artist of the Year competition and is now receiving entries.

Wannabe Warhols and promising Picassos can submit their own masterpiece using a creative medium of their choice, whether it be drawing, painting, sketching or sculpting.

There are three categories: Hobbycraft Junior Artist of the Year 2017 (under 12s), Hobbycraft Student Artist of the Year 2017 (13 and over, and in full time education) and Hobbycraft Artist of the Year 2017 (16 years and over).

The competition is open now, and entries must be submitted no later than Thursday, September 14, either in store, at or via Instagram or Twitter.

Artists should upload an image of their artwork using #ArtForTheWin – naming the category they would like to enter and a short description of the piece.

Six runners up will receive a £20 Hobbycraft gift card, and three winners – one from each category – will each win a £200 Hobbycraft gift card and a trophy, with their artwork displayed on a poster in all stores, and a ‘Meet the Artist’ profile piece featuring on Hobbycraft’s blog.

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Stevenage store manager, Samantha Longhurst, said: “We’re passionate about supporting local artists, and want to offer them a platform to showcase and develop their talents. This year, the competition is open to all ages, with three categories for artists to enter. Whether you’re a complete beginner or have been creating for years, we want to see your masterpieces.”

You’ll find Hobbycraft Stevenage on Roaring Meg Retail Park. To find out more visit