Whittington Castle today announced an Art Competition open to everyone, to run alongside the upcoming Art Exhibition to be held in the Lady Eleanor Room at Whittington Castle, by international award-winning artist, Elizabeth Darlington, from Gobowen.

The exhibition will be open daily from November 22nd to December 23rd, 10.00 until 4.00pm (last admissions at 3.30).

During her month-long exhibition, From the Darkness Came Light, the public will have the opportunity to meet the artist and discuss the origins of her emotive paintings. Full of symbolism and with extraordinary use of light, many of her pieces have been inspired by powerful visions she has experienced when fighting for her life in ICU.

“We want to engage people with the theme of From the Darkness Came Light, and see how diversely people can interpret it,” explains Elizabeth. “The exhibition and competition will coincide with the Winter Solstice; a turning point from lengthy dark days into growing light.”

Kimberley, General Manager at the Castle says, “We are happy to receive entries from the three age groups, and prizes will be awarded to the best in each category. There will be a small entry fee for each piece submitted, in any medium, as follows:

“1) up to age 11, £1 per entry (prize: age relevant art supplies and award certificate)

2) age 12-17, £2 per entry (prize: age relevant art supplies and award certificate)

3) 18 and above, £3 per entry (a sumptuous cream tea for 2 at the Kitchen@thecastle and award certificate)

There will be no limits to the number of entries per person.”

If any inspiration is needed, Elizabeth will be happy to offer some ideas. Entry forms can be collected from the Castle Gift Shop, and artwork must be delivered by the end of the exhibition – Saturday 23rd December. The winners will be announced in the New Year when the submissions can be collected.

Visitors to Elizabeth’s exhibition will also be in with a chance to win one of her pieces.