The finals of a national art competition are coming to Halifax this summer, with controversial politician George Galloway and sculptor Sheila Gaffney as guest judges.
Britain’s Got Artists is open to everyone from across the UK for a small entry fee and will be held in the recently opened UK Artworks Gallery, on Broad Street, Halifax.
Alison Dunn, 39, who has started the competition and runs the new gallery, said: “We held the event in Leeds last year, but I wanted the event to be held in Halifax this time to cement our reputation as a vibrant town.
“My aim is to try and get ordinary people into art. Some people find it quite intimidating and so I want to take the elitism out of it and make it available for anyone to enter.
“Many people don’t realise that you don’t need a degree in art to get into it.
“Also, most of the the pieces being sold here are priced at £100 or under, because high price tags are another thing that put quite a lot of people off.”
Prospective artists can submit a piece of work from any artistic genre for a fee of £4.50, with the closing date for entries being May 31.
The final is due to be held on Friday, June 28 and voting is open online to members of the public.
Proceeds from the event will be donated to the homeless charity, Shelter.
The gallery is open daily with works from local artists on display.
This month, it will also play host to a book signing by local author and Arts Singles Night for creative people on the evening of April 20.
For more information, visit www.britainsgotartists.com or www.uk-artworks.com