Contemporary painter Kath Hadden to help Devon CPRE find ‘Best Young Landscape Artist’ 2021

Kath Hadden – photo by Iain Hoskin

Exeter-based landscape artist Kath Hadden will be giving Devon CPRE the benefit of her expertise this autumn to help find the county’s most talented young landscape artists.


Devon CPRE, the local branch of the countryside charity, recently launched a new competition to find Devon’s Best Young Landscape Artist 2021


Budding young artists up to the age of 18 can now compete for the prestigious title, following a rebrand of the charity’s traditional painting competition for children.

The contest allows the county’s under 18s to showcase their artistic skills – and win a cash prize – by capturing Devon’s unique and precious landscapes in the medium of their choice. The charity is delighted that accomplished painter Kath Hadden has agreed to help judge this year’s entries.


2020 Joint winner by Graciella Sillence-Dreyer (Aged 11)

Devon CPRE Director Penny Mills says, “Kath’s wonderful paintings are inspired by Devon’s coast and countryside, so she seemed the perfect choice to become a fellow judge. We’re thrilled she has agreed to help us. The standard of entries has been fantastic in previous years and we’re hoping to encourage even more young people to enter in 2021 by raising the age limit to 18. We’re really looking forward to seeing what we’re sure will be some fantastic paintings and drawings capturing the natural beauty of Devon’s coast and countryside.


Anything goes as far as the choice of landscape is concerned – as long as it’s in Devon. It could be a favourite beach or beauty spot, a local park or green space, somewhere visited on a day out or even the artist’s own garden.


Last year, the standard of artwork was so high during Lockdown that Devon CPRE produced a calendar featuring some of the best paintings and drawings.


2020 Joint Winner by Thomasin Manley-Frost (Age 10)

Penny adds, “We have high hopes that this new competition will yield some stunning artwork and uniquely personal perspectives of Devon in all its summer glory. The competition is simple to enter with cash prizes for each age category. We’re looking forward to receiving lots of entries and collaborating with Kath.


Full details of how to enter can be found on the Devon CPRE website. The deadline for entries has recently been extended to 30th September.

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