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Ness Fest 2020 Drawing Competition

NessFest is a Youth Arts Festival which takes place in Lowestoft on Tuesday 27th October with free art activities aimed exclusively at 11-19 year olds.

As part of this year’s NessFest, Suffolk Archives have teamed up with The Big Draw Festival and their 2020 theme of  “A Climate of Change”. We are running a drawing competition which focuses on the relationship between people and our living environments and ecosystems; highlighting how we live today and the ways in which we do and do not harmonise with nature. We hope that you will be inspired by the drawings of Richenda Cunningham (1782-1855), some of which we look after at Suffolk Archives at Lowestoft.

You can find out more about the The Big Draw Festival here.

Age categories and prizes

There are two age categories, 11-14 and 15-19. Winning entrants will receive a selection of art materials.

How to take part:

  • Create your drawing, using whatever materials and in whatever style you like
  • When you have made your drawing, please send it to us by 6th November 2020:

By post:

Post your drawing to us at The Hold, Fore Street, Ipswich, IP4 1LR. Please:

Mark the envelope with ‘NessFest competition’

Make sure to write your name and age category on the back of your drawing

If you would like to tell us a bit about what you have drawn and why do please include this

Include some contact details so we can get in touch if you win!

Note we won’t be able to return your drawing to you

By email:

Photograph or scan your drawing and email it to us at . Please:

Send your email with the subject ‘NessFest  competition entry’

Include your name and age category

If you would like to tell us a bit about what you have drawn and why do please include this

Please make sure you use natural lighting when you photograph your artwork to ensure the best result

  • We will select winning drawings and get in touch with the winners about sending their prizes!

The challenge: Capturing your local area

As an archive, we keep records of what it has been like to live in Suffolk across nine centuries, and drawings are an important part of those records. This challenge is to draw something inspired by Richenda Cunningham’s drawings of the Lowestoft area in the 1840s.

You might want to draw:

  • One of the locations that Richenda drew in the 1840s – what has changed since then?
  • Richenda’s sketches are full of trees – what nature can you see in your local area?
  • Richenda also drew the Lowestoft coast – what changes have happened since she made her drawings?

Richenda Cunningham lived in Lowestoft, and came from a prominent family of Quakers, the Gurneys. Richenda’s formal art training began at 10 years old, and she continued to draw throughout her life. We hold a sketchbook of Richenda’s work that shows Lowestoft and the surrounding area in the 1840s.

We look forward to seeing your entries!

The rules

  • Entries need to be received by Friday 6thNovember 2020
  • All entrants under 19 should ask permission from a parent or guardian before entering
  • We aim to inform all winners within 21 days of the closing date
  • Please make sure you use natural lighting when you photograph your artwork to ensure the best results
  • By submitting an entry you agree for us to use it on our website/social media and in displays
  • By submitting an entry you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions