2018 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 “Transport through the Ages”. 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 here and follow the trail.
From Mon 14th May to Sat 7th 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. Visit our gallery “Art Cafe” for refreshments, see artists at work and even create some art of your own. See the entrants and winners of our 2018 Photography Competition alongside an inspiring display of photographs from Ashby Camera Club.

10am-4pm, 26th, 27th and 28th May

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

£1 entry (Accompanied U16s Free)



Cryptic Art Exhibition

A glorious range of art and crafts for sale in the atmospheric church crypt. With refreshments, parking and WC.

10am-4pm, 26th, 27th and 28th May

Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Station Rd, FREE

Famous 50 Exhibition

An amazing display of 50 life size artwork figures each representing one of the Coalville/Hugglescote Famous 50, the first volunteers of WWI to reach France. A moving and informative exhibition honouring and celebrating these local heroes.

10am to 4pm, 15th until 30th May, Closed until noon on Sundays. St Helens Church, Church Yard. FREE entry


Ashby Arts Festival Open Art Exhibition

Amateur or professional artists (age 16+) are invited to exhibit and sell their artwork in our Open Exhibition.
Prizes: Best in Show £100, Runners-up Prize £50.00, judged by a panel of professional artists. People’s Prize £50, voted for by the general public. Closing date for entry Monday 14th May 2018.
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 Friday 27th April.
Entry form available here.


Ashby Arts Festival Children’s Creativity Competitions

Pre-schoolers and children in school years 1-6 our invited to enter our Creativity Competition based on the adventures of a knight who loses his horse at Ashby Castle. The competition worksheet, which you can download here explains all the details for each age group.
Prizes and trophies are kindly sponsored by Specsavers!
Closing dates for the children competition is Saturday 5th May 2018.

Ashby Retailer’s Window Trail and Quiz

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

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