2019 Galleries and Competitions



Outdoor Gallery

Ashby Arts festival is famous for its giant outdoor gallery! Each year many businesses around the town centre display huge paintings done by local professional and amateur artists. With a huge range of styles and images this is accessible “Street Art” for all!

This year the theme is “Name that Tune!”. See up to 40 8×4 foot artworks displayed on buildings around town. There is also a Children’s section with a series of 4 foot square boards. From mid May you can collect an Art around Town leaflet from Ashby TIC or download one by clicking here and follow the trail, guessing the tunes as you go!
From Thursday 25th April to Friday 21st June , FREE.

The Festival Galleries

At the heart of the festival are the Festival Galleries which host our annual Art and Photography Exhibitions at Ivanhoe College. View and buy high quality art from both professional and amateur artists, see our “mini gallery” of  Under 16’s artworks, grab an arty bargain in our “Pop Up Art Shop” and visit our Art Cafe for refreshments! Plus other crafts and activities each day. See the entrants and winners of our 2018 Photography Competition alongside an inspiring display of photographs from Ashby Camera Club.

4th and 5th May 2019 10am-4pm, 6th May 2019 10am to 2.30pm

Ivanhoe College, North Street and St Helens’ Heritage Centre, South Street

£1 entry (Accompanied U16s Free)




Ashby Arts Festival Open Art Exhibition

Amateur or professional artists (age 16+) are invited to exhibit and sell their artwork in our Open Exhibition.
There are prizes for Best in Show £100 and a Runners-up Prize £50.00. We are delighted to announce that this year the exhibition will be judged by Adrian Moakes, the creator of Ashby’s “Heart of the Forest” Sculpture. A People’s Prize of £50 will also be awarded based on the votes of the general public. Closing date for entry Tuesday 23rd April 2019.
Download an application pack here

Ashby Arts Festival Under 16s Mini Gallery

We are delighted to invite serious young artists to showcase their work in our U16s Mini Gallery. This will be a section within our main festival galleries. The aim is to give experience of a professional style exhibition – with application process, hanging fee, the opportunity to sell work and with a small commission charged. Applicants are likely to be considering studying Art to at least GSCE level. We have limited space and can accommodate a maximum of 20 pictures in total so applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis, 2 works maximum per entrant, and those beyond that number will not be accepted. Closing date for entry Tuesday 23rd April.    Download an application pack here

 Ashby Arts Festival Open Photography Exhibition

Enter up to 3 of your photos in our open photography competition and you could win one of our prizes.
Prizes: 1ST £50, 2ND £25, 3RD £10, Closing date EXTENDED to Friday 12th April! Entry forms can be downloaded here.


Ashby Arts Festival Children’s Creative Art Competition

Pre-schoolers and children in school years 1-6 our invited to enter our Creative Art Competition inspired by the song “These boots are made for walking”. The competition worksheet, which you can download here explains all the details for each age group.
Prizes and trophies are kindly sponsored by Specsavers!
The closing date for the children competition is Monday 29th April 2019.

Ashby Retailer’s Window Trail and Quiz

Follow the trail of decorated windows around town – based on our theme of “Name that Tune”. Complete the quiz and you may win a prize!

Once available closer to the festival the Trail Quiz sheets can be downloaded here or pick up a copy from the Fair2all shop, 17 Bath Street, Ashby (opposite the Loudoun Monument).