Preston Portrait Challenge winners announced

Posted on - 7th October, 2021 - 8:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
The launch of the Preston Portrait Challenge exhibition at The Larder Pic: The Larder

The winner of Preston’s Portrait Challenge was announced at The Larder on Monday 4 October.


The challenge took place in The Harris on Saturday 2 October and was organised by Pam Potter, as part of Preston Arts Festival.

The models were Edwin Booth, High Sheriff of Lancashire, and Catherine Penny, the previous High Sheriff. In total 18 artists took part in the competition to win a £500 prize. The competition was judged by Peter Layzell, a professional fine artist, art teacher, and former winner of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition prize. 

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As well as announcing the winner of the competition, it was also the launch of an exhibition featuring all 18 portraits. In attendance were the artists, their friends and family, local art enthusiasts as well as Catherine Penny, who enjoyed seeing the depictions of herself and Edwin Booth.

Liam Dickinson won first prize in the Preston Portrait Challenge Competition. Pic: The Larder

First prize went to Liam Dickinson, second place to Norman Long and third place to Stuart Mason. Highly commended awards went to Jim Pye, Ian Hindle and James Dearnley. 

There was also a performance from local musician Kayleigh Hall.

Musician Kayleigh Hall performed at the exhibition launch event. Pic The Larder

Preston Portrait Challenge Exhibition runs until Sunday 17 October at The Larder, 50 Lancaster Road, Preston, PR1 1DD

The Larder is open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 4pm.

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