Helfa Gelf

Call for Artists of all Disciplines - Welsh Highland Railway Poster Design Competition

  • Call for Artists
May 2nd, 2018 - Jul 29th, 2018

The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway Company (FFWHR) are looking for works based on the Welsh Highland Railway that express either 'Views from the train' or 'Train from a location', these can follow the traditional route of a railway poster or a modern take on those themes.



This summer the Welsh Highland Railway (part of the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway Company) is celebrating twenty one years of reinstatement plus the opening of a new multi-million pound station in Caernarfon incorporating a booking office, shop, De Winton cafe and event space.

To mark the occasion the railway are offering the opportunity for selected artists to be exhibited in the new station complex. The renowned artist Bedwyr Williams is 'Strategic Artist' in the Caernarfon Waterfront Regeneration Group and has been in conversations about this competition with the railway and Helfa Gelf Gwynedd. Helfa Gelf is proud to have the opportunity to show our members' work in such a wonderful new venue.

The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway Company (FFWHR) are looking for works based on the Welsh Highland Railway that express either 'Views from the train' or 'Train from a location', these can follow the traditional route of a railway poster or a modern take on those themes.

This opportunity is open to all 2018 registered Helfa Gelf artists. The aims of Helfa Gelf is to enable artists to showcase their work to the broadest possible audience and support the local economy through cultural tourism and cultural regeneration.

Works submitted can be in any media and any style with the following criteria - The selected work will be used to produce A2 posters that will incorporate a banner strip across the bottom that includes the railway logo and contact details. Your work does need to suit a portrait layout but can be reproduced from a high resolution photograph, it does not need to be produced to A2 size. We ask that photos of your work (up to three entries per artist) are emailed to gardd21@talktalk.net in jpeg format no larger than 1mb with dimensions, title and medium and artist's name. The closing date for entries is Friday 6th July and the selected artists will be notified by email before the end of July.

From the files received twenty submissions will be selected for the exhibition. Three works will be chosen as the 'Judges Trio', these will be announced at the preview. In addition visitors during the exhibition will be asked to choose their favourite entry to be announced at the end of the exhibition. Each of the four winners will receive £200.00 in addition the FFWHR will reproduce a limited run of the posters over the following year for retail through their shops and stations, 25% of each sale will be forwarded to the relevant artist.

The exhibition will run from Saturday 15th September to the end of October (date tbc).

Exciting days ahead!

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