?Flower power? art competition in aid of Greenfingers

Greenfingers are calling on the general public to get their easels, paints, pastels and pencils out and enter the ?Flower Power? Art Challenge, which launches on 15 October 2015, with proceeds going towards the charity.

The horticulturally-themed art competition aims to attract professional artists and budding amateurs alike to have a go at producing artwork inspired by the ?flower power? theme. Each entrant is free to interpret the theme as they wish, in any medium, with any subject relating to flower power they choose.

Greenfingers patron Jim Carter (pictured) was on hand to launch the competition alongside Greenfingers head of fundraising Linda Petrons, who commented: ?We hope to inspire many people to pick up a brush or pencil and enter our competition. We feel there is a great synergy between the horticultural and artistic worlds, with the beauty of plants and flowers being such a creative inspiration.

?By taking part in the art challenge all entrants will be directly contributing to our A Million Moments appeal, giving children in hospices the valuable chance to be inspired by the natural world as well.?

An exhibition showcasing the shortlisted entries drawn from the public vote will take place in London in April 2016. An esteemed panel of judges, from the art and horticulture worlds will go on to select the competition winners. Three artworks from each category will be selected for cash prizes, with the winners taking away ?1,000.

There are two separate entry categories for professional and amateur artists. Entrants have until 31 January 2016 to submit their online entry, after which the public will be asked to vote for their favourites. To enter, participants need to pay a fee of ?5 per submission which will go directly to the charity and complete an online form with a photo of the artwork on the Greenfingers website: www.greenfingerscharity.org.uk

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