Our 2021 Art Competition

View the entries and winners of our 2021 Historic Houses Summer Art Competition

Birdsall Hall door and paintings

The Historic Houses Summer Art Competition 2021 was held between June and September 2021 and proved a huge success, with people from across the UK and around the world making artworks that depicted or responded to our member houses. After convening a panel of experts from Historic Houses member houses, as well as an independent professional artist, the winning artwork was Clare Charnley’s artwork, ‘Fingernails’, an artwork that considered all the people who’ve lived and worked at Temple Newsam House in Leeds through intricate paintings on false nails.

The 2021 winner

The People’s Choice Award

With the winner announced, it was time to vote for the artwork you thought should win the People’s Choice award. Narrowed down from several hundred entries, we and the judging panel selected seventy nine artworks to be considered for the award, representing a diversity of making styles and houses featured. Take a look at the entries below and cast your vote for your favourite, telling us why you think they should win.


See the selected deck of 2021 art competition entries

And the People’s Choice winner is…

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