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Festival Competitions  2014

We aim  to inspire and encourage new work with our competitions as part of our enthusiasm for "firsts". Take a look at the 2014 competition winners below ... and be inspired to take part next year !





We launched the 2014 ground breaking Art Programme with a beautiful - though tongue in cheek - image taken at Hoylake's Red Rocks.

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Katriana Gillanders wins the Music Competition.

In our first ever music competition, Katriana Gillanders' composition "Strangers" comes top, and Dave Carrington. is highly commended.  To hear their entries check the music competition results,


This year's music competition was organised by Peter Dover, Russell Grant and Dave Gilbertson. and adjudicated by an independent panel of judges.

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Next year's Summer Festival starts on 4th July 2015 with

A Festive Parade and Festi-Velo!

Get in touch with us if you would like to participate!

And look out for news about:

Ukulele Summer Strum

An Opera Fest!

Children's day out at Meols!

Art on the Promenade!

and lots more...

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Steve Deer takes first place for Photography

The Art Club awards first prize in this year's  Photographic Competition, to this beautiful image by Steve Deer, inspired by the competition  theme "re-flect". Second place goes to Patrick Higgins and 3rd place to Bel Shaw.


Have a look at all the winning images in the photography competition including the winning image through online voting by Bel Shaw.


This year's photographic competition was organised by Neil Murphy and  supported by and The Art Club.

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James  Taylor wins this year's Poetry Competition

with his poem "Robbed". Second prize went to Stephen Giles. Runners up were Kate McClosky (winner of the Wirral Prize) and Wyn Jenkins.

Check the results and read their poems here.   Prizes were awarded at the Festival's "Poetry Day Out" at Floral Pavilion, New Brighton on Sunday 6th July 2014.


This year's poetry competition was organised by Clare Kirwan and adjudicated by Colin Watts.

Gallery Hoylake

The Potting Shed has the best window!

This year, artists were invited to partner with a shop in Hoylake to create a window display of their work on  the theme of “Still Life”.  Artists and business owners worked together brilliantly to create wonderful displays up and down Market Street, Hoylake. The overall winners of the Gallery Hoylake competition were the West Kirby Residential School at The Potting Shed,  12-14 Market Street, Hoylake, CH47 2AE, which received the  glass award, specially made by Rob McCoy, for its wonderful display.


The second prize was awarded to Mike Evans for his display at Everite Windows,  82 Market Street, Hoylake, CH47 3BD.


There were "Gold Awards" for the following:

Helen Smith at Seagrass; Jo Smith at Dragonfly Couture Stationery; Urbane window display; Simon Birtall at Mansell Antiques; Julie Parry at Bill Page Butchers; Lisa Langan at Roy Davies' Cycle Shop; West Kirby Grammar School at Acorn Picture Framing; St Mary's College at Smooth Cafe; Jan Bowen and North West Calligraphy at Hoylake Library.


This year's Art and Gallery Hoylake competitions were organised by Barbara Singleton, Peter Singleton and Mike Waring and adjudicated by an independent panel of judges.

On-line Art Competition  won by Amanda Oliphant

Our first ever on-line art competition was won by Amanda Oliphant, with runners up Kevin Adams and Nigel Morris..


Winning art works were displayed at Hoylake Community Centre on Sunday 13th July 2014, when prizes were awarded!

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Radio Script Competition

Finals coming shortly

The finals of the Radio Script competition had to be postponed for reasons beyond the organiser's control. There will be an announcement soon to all the long listed finalists on the date for the finals.