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All the information you need to participate in the "Love Life" Art Challenge, all in one place. 

Key Dates
Registration Deadline: 30 September 2021
Submission Deadline: 30 September 2021

Exhibition & Auction: 8 - 17 November 2021

In order to enter an artwork to the Challenge, you should register your details and make a minimum £5 donation to The Sophie Clarke Foundation. This will entitle you to nominate one piece artwork as your formal entry into the “Love Life” Art Challenge (you can enter more by increasing your donation pro-rata). 

You are encouraged to register your entry as soon as possible to get full the benefits of participating in the “Love Life” Art Challenge, including free tutorials, although you can register at any time prior to the closing date for entries of 30th September 2021. 

The theme of the challenge is "Love Life". This enables a broad variety of subjects and you can interpret it as you wish. You could decide to paint/draw/collage nature, people, a hobby, a colour, a favourite food, anything that makes you think "Wow, the world is amazing" or represents what "Love Life" means to you. To accompany your piece all participants are asked for a short description on their work and its depiction of this theme. 

We encourage you to share updates of your work throughout the challenge. We are looking forward to seeing what "Love Life" means to different people, and the creative and inspiring ways that people interpret this theme. Please send your updates to or tag us on Instagram (@thesophieclarkefoundation) with #sketchforsophie.

Art Packs & Tutorials

Once you are registered for the Challenge you will be able to participate in online and in person art tutorials and workshops free of charge. These will be advertised on The Sophie Clarke Foundation website and Instagram as they become available (and you may even like to organise your own small group workshops or sessions with friends). Tutorials and workshops that have limited places will be first come first served. All Tutorials and workshops are being arranged on a reasonable endeavours basis and will be subject to change and potential cancellation (particularly any outdoor events which are likely to depend on weather, and indoor events which might be varied due to evolving Covid guidelines).

If you require it, you can buy an Art Materials Pack which will provide paints, brushes and sketch paper to start you off on your Art Challenge journey. 

Submission & Judging

Artwork should be submitted via email to including a photograph of the artwork as an email attachment (JPEG or PNG) together with a title and short description (max c.100 words) consistent with the “Love Life” theme. Please also confirm the format (e.g. canvas/framed) and dimensions of the work - for an entry to be eligible for inclusion in the Exhibition, the work should be not larger than A3, unless the work is submitted framed or on stretched canvas. The closing date for entries to the Exhibition and Auction is 30th September 2021.

In addition, during the course of the Challenge we are hopeful that you will submit a number of work in progress pieces. Please do share these with us by sending in any sketches or initial paintings as you go, we are hoping to share updates of everyones progress through an online gallery and create an inclusive and supportive community for everyone participating.


It is the intention to select 100 pieces of artwork for inclusion in the Exhibition and Auction. 

A judging panel will select the top 10 artworks in each age/experience category and, in addition, a further 40 artworks will also be chosen for the Exhibition and Auction from the remaining entries. Depending on the overall number of entries further artworks may be added into the Exhibition. 

Exhibition & Auction

If your artwork is selected to go into the Exhibition and Auction, you will be contacted (via your registered email address) and asked to confirm that you are happy for your original artwork to go into the Exhibition and Auction to be sold, with all the proceeds of its sale to be donated to the selected charities. As an exception to this rule, entries from those in the “Professional Artists” category will be offered the option of retaining 50% of the net auction proceeds for their work should they elect to do so at the time of registration.

Entries into the Exhibition and Auction will preferably be on stretched canvas, (but can also be on art paper - art paper pieces larger than A3 should be submitted framed for display). You will be provided with details on how and where artworks should be sent/delivered. 

As part of the charity fundraising, if your entry goes into the Exhibition, you will be encouraged to raise sponsorship support for your entry, the aggregate sponsorship for each entry being treated as “your bid”. Accordingly, in the event of there being no higher bid at the auction, we will return the art work to you with our many thanks for your contribution and support.

The Exhibition and Auction will take place in November 2021, date TBC.

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