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Porthleven Arts Prize

The Porthleven Harbour Art Prize is a new annual art competition to be held in the vibrant, thriving coastal village of Porthleven which has long attracted artists and now has a strong cultural tradition.

The new prize will come under the umbrella of Porthleven Arts, a Community Interest Company which supports arts, innovation and creativity in the widest sense and presents the annual autumn Porthleven Arts Festival.

The Porthleven Harbour Art Prize will take place in late May 2023, over a 14-day period encompassing submissions, judging, awards and a public exhibition, with artworks available to purchase.

The competition has the broad theme of ‘Porthleven and its Environment’ and a diverse interpretation of this is anticipated. It is hoped that the competition will encourage en plein air painting around the village in the run up to the competition.

The competition will initially be open to all forms of 2D media, except for photography (it is hoped that this, and also sculpture, may be added in future years as the competition becomes established). There will be first and second prizes of £2000 and £500, two categories for young people (up to 13 years and 13-18 years) with £100 prizes, and a People’s Choice Prize, voted for by the public visiting the exhibition, of £200.

Entries will be judged by a panel of local and national artists, experts and supporters of the competition. The winners of the prizes will be announced at a preview event prior to public opening, except for the People’s Choice which will be announced at the close of the exhibition.

Full details are on the Porthleven Arts website,, via art groups, galleries, posters around the village, PR and social media activity.

The deadline for entries (new requests for entry forms) is 12noon on Friday 12th May.

We will accept completed forms with an entry number until 12noon on Monday 15th May.

The Judging Day is Saturday 20th May, and the winners will be announced at the Private View at approx. 7.00pm.

The Private View is at the Net Loft, Porthleven Harbour (Mount Pleasant Road, Porthleven  TR13 9JS) from 6.30pm to 9.00pm.

All competition entrants are welcome.

The Judges are:

Peter Brown, acclaimed British impressionist artist popularly known as ‘Pete the Street’ for his en plein air work:, Chairman of the Judges

Robin Hanbury-Tenison, explorer, author, conservation and environmentalist, farmer on Bodmin Moor, President of the charity Survival International.

Mandy Jandrell, Dean, Faculty of Creative Arts & Communication, Falmouth University

Trevor Osborne, owner of Porthleven Harbour & Dock, member of PAC and sponsor of this competition

Dr Chris Stephens, Director of the Holburne Museum, Bath

Susan Tinley, Lifelong lover of art and Porthleven and widow of the local artist and teacher Jim Tinley and creator of the recent exhibition and book in his memory.


1.The theme of the competition is ‘Porthleven and its Environment’, specifically anywhere / anything topical within a geographical radius of c. 3 miles of Porthleven.

2.All artwork submitted must be:
Canvas, board, paper, wood, textile or mixed media
No bigger than 1m square
Dry and ready to hang
Clearly marked with the owner’s name and contact details

*Sadly we have no capacity for photography, video or sculpture this year due to space and time constraints but hope to include these categories in future years.

3.Entries must be a work exhibited for the first time and created within the past year.

4.Porthleven Harbour Arts Prize is open to adults and children.

5.There is a single adult category with an entry fee of £5 per artwork (profits to go to Porthleven Arts Community). Entrants are limited to 2 per person. Payment to be made in cash or electronically, on delivery for hanging.

6.There are two categories for children: to 13 years and 13 to 18 years and entry for these categories is free.

7.Please register your interest in the first instance by emailing:

8.The submission deadline for all artwork is Monday 15th May 2023.

9.Judging will take place on Saturday 20th May and Prizegiving will take place on Sunday 21st May in The Netloft, Porthleven.

10.The general public will be able to view the artwork (free) in the Netloft on Porthleven’s Harbourside from Monday 22nd May until Monday 29th (Bank Holiday) and vote for The People’s Prize winner, which will be awarded when the exhibition closes.

11.Artwork may be for sale (at the discretion of the artist and for collection/removal post Arts Festival), with 10% of the sale donated to Porthleven Arts Festival. Please indicate clearly on your painting when delivering it if it is for sale or not and the price.

12.The competition judges will be chaired by artist Peter Brown, aka ‘Pete the Street’

The full judging panel to be confirmed shortly.

First Prize = £2000
Second Prize = £500
Children’s Prizes = £100 for each age group winner.
The People’s Choice Prize = £200

For further information, please contact Julie Peacock,

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