The Friends of Dover Castle

The Friends of Dover Castle

The Friends of Dover Castle

Friends of Dover Castle  -  Dover Castle Art Competition  - Rules.


  1. The competition is open to all and Free to Enter - you do not have to be members of The Friends of Dover Castle;
  2. Children’s category are those aged 11 and under, determined by age at 12 June 2020;  Young people are aged 12 and over who     have not reached 18  by 12 June 2020;  Adults are those aged 18 and over at 12 June 2020;
  3. Entries may be submitted in original format or scanned and sent electronically by email;   Please bear in mind that if sent electronically, the original will be required to be displayed at the Castle if selected so must be in a format which will      facilitate this  ie. Must be able to be delivered and carried and mounted on an easel - so no Banksy’s please! 
  4. Entries can be made on paper, board, canvas, artboard, cardboard  - painted, drawn, sketched, sewn, crocheted etc;
  5. Entries may be made using any materials  - paint, crayons, charcoal, pencils, felt-tips; chalk, inks, wax, cotton, wool, material, provided the artwork is submitted dry;     For artwork created on a computer  - please see Rule 16;
  6. Maximum size of entries is A4 and must be unframed;
  7. Copyright  remains with the artist but The Friends of Dover Castle reserves the right to be able to use, display, publish any entries as they see fit and within 2 years of the close of the competition. Credit will be given to the relevant artist.
  8. All entries must be original and not have been publicly displayed previously or entered in any other competition. All entries must have been made during 2020;
  9. Each competitor may submit 2 entries  - they do not have to be the same format or material,   Members of The Friends of Dover Castle may submit an additional Third entry;  (you will need to quote your membership numbers);
  10. Winners in each category will be awarded the following prizes :-

                (i) Adult 1st Prize  -  1 year’s free membership of The Friends of Dover Castle or a £30  Gift Voucher;

                (ii) Adult Runners Up  -                                                                   £ 20  Gift Voucher; 

               (iii) Young People and Children                     1st Prize  -                      £ 25  Gift Voucher ;

               (iv) Young People and Children                     Runners Up  -                 £ 15 Gift Voucher;

  11. Winners and Runners Up will be published in a Friends of Dover Castle Publication and will be on display at Dover Castle;      (subject to availability of suitable location) and will be considered for inclusion in the Friends of Dover Castle 2020 Time     Capsule;
  12. The Theme shall be “Isolation at the Castle”;  You may interpret this how you feel but the artwork must include the Castle, or parts of the Castle, or something at the Castle:  You can let your imagination flow, such as what it must have been like during the Siege of Dover Castle, or what would it be like now during the Coronavirus Pandemic.  Images which are deemed offensive will not be accepted;
  13.  DIGITAL ENTRIES.  We accept that many people now use PCs to produce artwork and we are prepared to accept such entries in all the aforementioned categories. However, we reserve the right to create a separate category should we    receive lots of digital entries or if we consider the use of computer generated images or graphics provides unfair          advantage. All graphics and computer generated art must be original ;
  14. Closing Date for all entries is Friday 12th June 2020 (midnight);
  15. Address for posted / delivered entries DOVER CASTLE ART COMPETITION:   87 Friars Way, Dover, Kent. CT16 2DN ;
  16. Entries submitted electronically by email should be addressed to   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  17. Entries will provide the following information:- Name, age, contact details, Friends Membership number, Parental consent (if required),  Title of painting,  Format and method (ie. Watercolour paint on paper);  Personal Information will only be used and retained to enable us to run this competition and will be permanently deleted once this is no longer required;
  18. The Friends will appoint a Judging Panel who will meet as soon as practicable after the closing date, who will then contact winners and runners up.  There will be a Presentation Event (subject to availability and agreement by Dover Castle)