It was heartening to receive a media release from  Andover (UK) where a business currently constructing a crematorium is encouraging locals to take part in a creative challenge to have their works of art displayed.

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Pure Cremation, the leading direct cremation specialist behind the new Charlton Park Crematorium in Andover, is inviting people in Hampshire to take part in a special creative challenge – and to be in with a chance of winning £500.

Pure Cremation has launched a public art competition to source unique works from local people to be displayed within the new state-of-the-art crematorium.

Uncovering Local Talent

Open to all creative enthusiasts from Andover and surrounding Hampshire towns and villages, the competition aims to inspire members of the public to showcase their artistic talents for all to see.

No matter what their skill level, all those aged 18 and over are encouraged to capture Andover as a work of art, in a form that can by hung on the walls of the new crematorium – this could be a photograph, or a drawing or painting created in any medium such as oil, acrylic, pencil, watercolour or pastel.

Selected works will be chosen to be displayed in the crematorium when it is completed in spring 2019; and, from these, one overall winner will be awarded a cheque for £500, and two runners-up will receive a cheque for £100.

Renowned local artist as Guest Judge

Hampshire artist, Pip McGarry, who is recognised as one of the world’s leading wildlife artists and is the ‘Artist-in-Residence’ at Marwell Zoological Park, will be the guest judge for the public art competition.

Catherine Powell, director and co-founder of Pure Cremation, said: “The vision for Charlton Park Crematorium is of a valued community asset local people can be proud of, which is why we thought it would be fitting for the local community to get creative and put their own stamp on the crematorium.

“The quality of experience for those who visit Charlton Park Crematorium is also incredibly important to us, and creating a visual aesthetic that references the local area will help to create a comfortable and relaxed environment. We do hope members of the public will take this opportunity to capture Andover and enter this very special competition.”

Artist Pip McGarry said: “I am thrilled to be involved in this campaign alongside Pure Cremation, and to put the spotlight on the creativity and passion for art that exists within Andover and the wider county of Hampshire. I look forward to seeing all the entries and to having the privilege of performing guest judge duties.”