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'Inspiring Portraits' Competition

In anticipation of our autumn exhibition, 20 Historical Women who Change the World by Chinwe Russell (15 Sep - 19 Nov), we are launching an inspiring portrait competition to celebrate the many wonderful women influencing our everyday lives!

Open to budding artists between the ages of 7 and 21 years, we want you to artistically capture a woman in your life who inspires you. This could be a mum, sister, Granny, best friend, teacher or you could even choose someone in the public eye that you admire! There are no limits on what media you use; from paint to collage or crayon, we would like to see an artistic flair that represents and champions the person who inspires you the most.

One winning portrait will be chosen from three age groups from 7-9 years, 10-14 years and 15-21 years. The overall winning artist will win a unique opportunity to have a 1-to-1 workshop with portrait and Base resident artist, Ellie Kerr-Smiley. They will also have their artwork displayed in our Runway Gallery, printed in the Newbury Weekly News and published on The Base and Corn Exchange’s websites and shared on respective social media platforms.

We want to display the best young artistic talent along with celebrating the inspirational women in our lives, and so the winning entry, along with 2nd prize runners up and Highly Commended entries, will be displayed in The Base’s Runway Gallery.


1st prize: (overall winner)

  • 1-to-1 workshop with Portrait artist and Base resident artist Ellie Kerr-Smiley
  • Portrait exhibited in The Base’s Runway Gallery
  • Portrait printed in the Newbury Weekly News

2nd Prize Runner Up: (one for each age category)

  • Portrait exhibited in The Base’s Runway Gallery
  • Portrait printed in the Newbury Weekly News

Highly Commended:

  • Portrait exhibited in The Base’s Runway Gallery

Judging conditions

  • Entries will be judged by nominated judges – Ellie Kerr-Smiley (Base resident artist) Gemma Kirby (artist and Corn Exchange Staff) and the staff team at The Base.
  • Images will be judged on artistic merit, originality, subject and style.


Entries must feature an inspiring portrait. Each entrant may enter a maximum of one portrait. Email a completed entry form (including the communication release form below) and a photo of your artwork to admin@thebasegreenham.co.uk by Sunday 3 September.

Please ensure you have read the terms and conditions and also ensure your artwork meets these guidelines:

  • An image of your entry must be saved as JPEG file (JPG) at a setting of 10 (100%) or higher
  • The filename must contain the entrant’s full name and age, for example: LastName_FirstName_Age.jpg
  • Your entry must your own original artwork