Worthing Portrait Artist of the Year


Worthing Portrait Artist of the Year 2021

The Worthing Portrait Artist of the Year Competition is back for 2021 and live at The Venue, Worthing, on Friday 22nd October. Now in its third year this prestigious event has once again been organised by The Venue curator and owner of Blueview Art Studio Cathy Verney. 

This year’s special guest celebrity sitter is one of the world’s most successful authors, delivering best sellers time and time again, the amazing Peter James. His books have opened up a whole new audience with the television adaption of his Roy Grace novels; ‘Grace’ starring John Simm. The new series is currently filming in Brighton and Burgess Hill. Peter will be joined by fellow sitters, local best selling author Shani Struthers and artist Billy ‘The Brush’ Mumford, the most prolific art forger.

Peter James

Shani Struthers

Billy ‘The Brush’ Mumford

The standard of this year’s qualifying entries were again extremely high and some tough decisions were made in selecting this year’s finalists. The nine chosen artists taking part are Jake Fern, Russ Iden, Tony King, Carole Morris, David Pople, Sara Reeve, Vanessa Reynolds, Dominic Simpson and Richard Smith.

the nine finalists’ entries for the 2021 competition

All will be painting live to produce a finished portrait of their celebrity in just four hours and win the prestigious award of Worthing Portrait Artist of the Year 2021. To do this they need to impress the three judges who this year are David Henty, head judge and the world’s no.1 art forger; Alison Lapper MBE, one of the country’s leading artists; and Mike La-traille, local photographer and art gallery owner.

A limited number of tickets are now on sale for a unique opportunity to be part of the night and experience first hand these amazing artists at work. Doors open at 4:30pm and the painting will begin at 5:00pm. The Venue bar and hot food will be available. The evening will wind down with a grand raffle and a chance to win exclusive prizes including signed books from Peter and Shani, paintings from David and Billy, and lots more, and conclude with the awards ceremony and presentation at 10:45pm. Tickets are available from www.seetickets.com priced £10.00 plus booking fee. Tickets include a glass of prosecco on arrival and a ticket for the exclusive raffle.

The Venue will host a pre-event exhibition showing the nine finalists’ entries in their large meeting room, entry via Richmond Road, from October 4th to 20th, 10.00am to 2.00pm. Raffle tickets will be available to purchase at the exhibition. For further information email: info@the-venue.uk.


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