Artists & Illustrators magazine has been running their Artists of The Year competition with the aim of discovering hidden talents since 2008. Open to all artists, regardless of experience, this competition offers the chance to raise your profile and garner exposure for your work as well as taking home the coveted title.

Now in its 5th year, this competition has earnt the reputation of being one of the UK’s most popular and prestigious open competitions with over 4000 artists battling it out in 2012 to be crowned Artist Of The Year. What’s more exciting for us is that one of our very own contributor, Moira Ladd has reached the final and her piece, Black Rock, Widemouth Bay, Cornwall, is being displayed on The Osbourne Studio Gallery ( for all to see.

“I have three paintings on display in total, feedback has been positive but the competition is tough and the other artists are so talented,” explains Moira. “ For me the most exciting things about this years competition is that it has been extended by a further week, giving all exhibitors the chance to have their paintings seen by even more people.”

Having looked at the other works on display competition is tough but Moira more than holds her own. As many customers have said of her work, ‘it just shouted at them,’ and I am sure it will shout to visitors to the exhibition too.

From everyone at Art2Arts we wish Moira all the best and can’t wait to hear the outcome of the competition.