Young people have just over a week to prepare their artwork ready for the first Rutland Open Youth art exhibition.
Arts4Rutland is running the competition searching for the best young artists in the county.
The competition is open to young artists aged between 11 and 18, either living or attending school in the county.
Artwork should be submitted on the theme of “Through the window, I saw....”in the following categories: painting, drawing, ceramics and sculpture.
Each artist can submit up to three works for consideration and the artwork must be entered at Rutland County Museum on Saturday, January 24 and Monday, January 26, between 10am and 4pm.
The work can be submitted by either the artist themselves or a parent and guardian on their behalf.
The work will be judged on Tuesday, January 27, before the selected works go on show at Rutland County Museum with a month-long exhibition starting on Friday, January 30.
There will be prizes in several age categories and one of the top prizes will be the chance for the winning artwork to be displayed at Goldmark Gallery alongside work by professional artists.
The competition is also being supported by Colemans in Oakham, which will be providing art materials as prizes, as well as the Rutland Decorative and Fine Arts Society, which is providing a cash prize and a cup.
Arts4Rutland has been running the Rutland Open for adults for the last three years and Mo Gardner, a member of the group, is delighted to give young people the same exciting opportunity to see their work on display.
Mo, one of the organisers of the youth competition, said: “It’s the last chance for young people to put down their iPads and pick up their paintbrushes. There’s still time to put something together to submit next weekend.
“Hopefully this competition will give these aspiring young artists a taste of the real world of professional exhibiting.”
All the schools in the county have been contacted with an invitation for pupils to take part and Mo has been contacted by headteachers interested in hearing more.
An exhibition of works in the Rutland Open will take place immediately after the youth art exhibition, from March 7 to April 25.
To find out more information about the entry criteria visit www.a4r.org.uk or call Mo on 01572 747639.