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The Spirit of Teesdale

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We’re seeking The Spirit of Teesdale

A piece of artwork capturing the essence of one of County Durham’s most picturesque dales is being sought for our special art competition.

Artists and sculptors who live within 20 miles of The Morritt, will vie for a £1,500 commission to produce an artwork in celebration of our 20th anniversary at the hotel.

As a family-run hotel set in beautiful Teesdale countryside we want something that encapsulates what this area is all about, and celebrates local people and artists. 

It will be called “The Spirit of Teesdale” and will be put on display indefinitely in the hotel or its grounds. Artists can interpret this exciting brief as they see fit and really let their imagination run wild. The new artwork will be a great feature displayed at the hotel for many years to come. 

Interested artists are invited to submit a proposal and the one judged to best fit the criteria will receive the commission.

The competition is open to professionals and amateurs and can be in any permanent format and material such as a painting, sketch, sculpture, textile, collage or multi-media. Photography is excluded however we will launch two more Spirit of Teesdale projects later this year specially for photographers and Teesdale secondary school students. Check back soon for details.

The winning entry will be chosen by a panel of judges including artists and experts, including antique expert and local celebrity, David Harper. ‘I’m excited to be part of a project that celebrates the fantastic artists we have in Teesdale and the surrounding area,’ said David. “We have beautiful countryside in this part of the world to inspire artists so I’m expecting some really great entries.”

David is joined by four other specialists from the art world including Paul Denham, a local artist from Raby, Richard Hindle, owner of the Gallerina art gallery in Darlington, and Emma House, Keeper of Fine Art at The Bowes Museum. 

Good luck!

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