The Turner watercolour of Lichfield Cathedral

A competition will give artists the chance to capture Lichfield Cathedral on canvas.

Painters and photographers will be invited to set up easels and tripods on August 20.

A panel will then select the best image from the afternoon and the winning artist will receive a prize.

The winner will also see their piece exhibited as part of the Lichfield Cathedral, A View Through Time in summer 2017 alongside works by the likes of J W Turner.

The Turner watercolour of Lichfield Cathedral
Lichfield Cathedral’s artist in residence Peter Walker said: “For hundreds of years, artists have captured images of the cathedral. In today’s world it is quite easy to forget to look at things around us, but for artists this is not the case.

“To invite artists to come collectively to paint, photograph or draw the beautiful architecture will bring new focus through contemporary art forms to represent the cathedral in our day and age.”

The winning painting will be framed in preparation for the exhibition, while the winning photograph will be printed as a 20×30 inch canvas.

Participating artists have will have from 1pm to 4pm to capture an image before completing the work in an allotted time.

Jason Dyer, development director for Lichfield Cathedral, addeD: “We are excited to be showing the Turner watercolour of Lichfield Cathedral next year.

“This very special event is the perfect precursor to this, showing how we all can interpret the beauty, history and spirituality of the cathedral in very different ways, just as Turner and other great artists have done through time.”

Participants need to register in advance by emailing


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