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Ron Woodward Art Competition

The Rotary Club of Herne Bay and Beach Creative announce the first ever Ron Woodward Art Competition!

‘You must take action. You must do the impossible. Because giving up is never an option’

Greta Thunberg, Environmental Activist


Calling 15-19 year old artists!!!

Why do we need to protect our planet? What do you want to see happen?

How do you see OUR future? How can WE take action through Art?

The theme for this first Art competition centres on the environment and why we must preserve the beauty and life on Earth, and combat the threat to the eco-system and our very existence on our amazing planet.

You may want to celebrate the beauty of the planet in your artistic response, or to envision alternative ways of living. Create a campaign to raise awareness, or explore your feelings about the environment.

The prize for the winning entry will be £250.

The name of the winning artist will be added to the Ron Woodward Memorial Trophy and remain on display at Beach Creative. Selected entries will be exhibited in the gallery spaces at Beach Creative in Herne Bay between

18 and 25 April 2024.

Entries may be produced in any media. Three-dimensional pieces must be smaller than 1 metre in any direction. Larger pieces should be submitted through photographs, although the original piece will be considered for the exhibition dependent on space.


Competition details This Art competition is open for entries until February 21 2024, and open to all entrants who are aged 15 to 19 years of age between July 2023 and February 2024. The competition will be judged by a panel of artists chaired by Ron’s widow Carol.


Ron Woodward BA, MBE – Artist and patron of the arts Herne Bay businessman, philanthropist and artist Ron Woodward died on 5 February 2022 aged 82 following a short illness. Ron was a prominent figure in the Herne Bay community through his insurance business, art, jazz and many charitable spheres. Ron was a member of the Herne Bay Rotary Club for many years.

As well as building an auspicious insurance business, it was his love of art and jazz that was at the heart of his association with Beach Creative. The Rotary Club of Herne Bay wanted to remember and honour him through this competition as he was committed to supporting upcoming artists.

Ron Woodward began his study of art in 1999 at the Kent Institute of Art and Design in Canterbury (now the University for the Creative Arts). Ron joined the degree access course and followed this with a five-year part-time BA Hons Fine Art Degree that he completed in 2005.

Ron was a multi-disciplinary artist, using painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture to produce his art. His final degree project researched and imaged the disintegration of the Herne Bay Pier, physically and in the memory of the community.

While at KIAD, Ron fulfilled his long-held ambition to open a not-for-profit art gallery in Herne Bay, a space he insisted would be completely free of charges to artists. Ron made available and renovated the small annex of the building he owned in William Street to house the new venture and asked a friend and fellow artist to help him run the gallery. And so, the Bay Art Gallery became a reality – as one visitor called it ‘a little gallery, that is Herne Bay’s hidden gem’.

The gallery became hugely popular with artists, local people and visitors to the town. In the first six months the gallery was awarded Lottery Funding, enabling it to run a year-long programme of artists’ workshops and cover seed funding for the Bay Art Market held in the small park opposite the gallery. The market was a popular annual event held to coincide with the Herne Bay Festival and ran for five years. It also attracted thousands of visitors and in its final year had over 150 artist stalls displaying and selling an expansive range of art.

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