Market Hall Shrewsbury Christmas Art Competition

Traders launch ‘The Big Market Art-Off Christmas Competition’

Shrewsbury market traders are launching a big art competition with cash prizes to create a festive backdrop to late-night shopping events in the lead up to Christmas.

Stallholders at the town’s market hall have thrown down the gauntlet to artists of all ages to produce large pictures on fabric on the theme of ‘Christmas in Shrewsbury’.

The Big Market Art-Off Christmas Competition will be judged during the town’s first late Christmas shopping evening of the year on Wednesday November 19 by a panel of professional artists from the Shropshire Visual Art Network which has a permanent gallery in the indoor market.

The winner will receive a £100 cash prize with a £50 cash prize going to the runner-up. Each entrant is being asked to use a piece of fabric or flat bed- sheet as a blank canvas for creating their potential master-piece.

“November 19 is the night of the Christmas lights switch-on in Shrewsbury. The market will be open until 9pm so we want to make it look extra special by being decorated in festive works of art,” said spokeswoman Heidi Butter.

“Stalls and restaurants will be open to gift hunters and evening diners and there will be live music including choirs, bands and solo performers. It will be a festive atmosphere.

“People can use any medium to create their work of art – paint, paper, foil, photos etc. We are really looking forward to seeing what people’s imagination can conjure up.”

People wanting to enter can obtain an entry form from the The Visual Art Network Gallery and the following stalls: The Pampered Pineapple & Deuxieme Chance, Thoughts, Urban Bikes UK, Gluten Free Living, Café AleOli, Beyond the Purple Door and L and E Designs. Forms can also be obtained by emailing the market site facilities manager Kate Gittins at

All artworks must be returned to the same stallholders by 3pm on Saturday November 15. The winner will be announced at 8pm on November 19.


For further press information contact Sarah Hart on 01743 240112 or 0741 535 1318.

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The Entry Form can be downloaded here.

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