Hospice Launches Art Festival
We will be holding a month-long celebration of art this July, and want to appeal for artists of all levels to submit works!
Posted Mar 12

Hospice Launches Art Festival

The festival will showcase art from all different styles and genres and everyone, from professional artists and photographers to those who have a passion for art as a hobby or are complete beginners, is invited to take part.

There will be a number of community events, workshops and exhibitions throughout the month all across the area culminating in an exhibition at the University of York, showcasing all artworks from Thursday 19th July until Saturday 21st July. The aim is to display over 500 pieces of artwork in this exhibition, and members of the public can come to view and purchase art. The public will also vote for the festival favourite.

In order to raise funds for the Hospice, a minimum commission of 30% will come to the Hospice; the rest will go to the artist. Artists can elect to donate a higher commission rate to the Hospice. In the event of 100% commission being gifted, entry will be free of charge.

Katie Jackson, events fundraiser at St Leonard’s Hospice, said: “This is our first art festival and is new territory for us but we’re very excited to explore it. There’s so much talent in the local area and we look forward to showcasing it. I’d love to hear from anyone who is interested in getting involved in any way, whether that is by entering some pieces, holding an event in July in the community, sponsoring the event or becoming a patron. Don’t be shy – let’s see what you can do!”

Tadcaster-based artist, Chub Perkins, has been selected as the featured artist and a featured photographer will be announced in the coming weeks. Chub recently created a pop-up woodland art gallery in Tadcaster called Little Land showcasing his own works and that of other local artists. When the weather permits, art is exhibited amongst the trees which, as he explains, allows an “all-important real world connection between the artwork and viewer.”

He says, “To be selected as featured artist for the inaugural Sunflower Art Festival really is a tremendous honour. The standard of care and support that they provide is invaluable to many families so to be involved directly with their fundraising using my newly re-discovered artistic skills is extremely gratifying. Plus they're not asking me to run a marathon which pleases me greatly!

I'm really looking forward to this exhibition; knowing that the proceeds of any sales will go towards helping such a worthwhile cause adds an extra element of satisfaction to the artistic process.”

Artists can register online or download a paper form to fill in. Further terms and conditions apply. There is a £5 entry fee per artwork submitted and a maximum of 6 entries per person. The deadline for entries is Friday 1st June.

If you have any questions about the festival or how you can be involved contact Katie Jackson on 01904 777 777 or

Chub in his woodland gallery