I am writing on behalf of the Friends of the Ridgeway. And to bring to the attention of members of your Club an arts prize.
Previously I have I have written wrote to you concerning the Swire ridgeway Arts Prize which has been held in 2017, and 2018. We are delighted to announce that we will again be holding an annual arts competition and prize – the Swire Ridgeway Arts Prize – in 2019.
The Ridgeway – the oldest road in Britain – historically was a trackway providing a reliable trading route from the Dorset coast along the chalk Downs to the Wash in Norfolk. Today it is not only the oldest road but part of that original route is a National Trail; it is also a wonderful resource for all the communities that live along its route, not just walkers where visitors and locals alike can enjoy walking, riding or just being there.
The Friends of the Ridgeway, a voluntary organisation and registered charity, is committed to the preservation in perpetuity of all the natural aspects and features of the ancient Ridgeway. Details of the Friends are at http://www.ridgewayfriends.org.uk/ As part of our work, based on a generous donation, The Friends of The Ridgeway have established an annual arts competition and prize – the Swire Ridgeway Arts Prize. The aim of the competition is to bring The Ridgeway to life not only as a long distance trail but as an artistic inspiration, and to show The Ridgeway, its history and environs, in all their aspects throughout all seasons. The theme of the competition is ‘Spirit of the Ridgeway’. There are separate classes for painting, sculpture, photography and writing.
There will be an exhibition of works submitted for the competition as part of the Ridgeway Friends Day. It will be open to the public on Saturday 27 April and Sunday 28 April 2019 in the Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington (Broad Street, Uffington, Oxfordshire, SN7 7RA), located in the centre of the beautiful and historic rural village of Uffington in the Vale of the White Horse.
A Flyer for the Competition along with the Rules and Entry Form for the 2019 Competition are attached. We hope that the competition and resulting exhibition will be as interesting and exciting as last year.
This prize may be of interest to your members and I would be grateful if you could bring the competition to the notice of members.
Friends of the Ridgeway
2 Fernham Road
Oxfordshire SN7 7JY
Tel: 01367 240713