It will run from 25 May to 1 September and will celebrate fairytales and the power they have to spark our imagination, teach us life lessons and unlock our creativity.
This follows this summer’s Artists’ Fairy Doors trail of 25 doors which was incredibly popular – enticing more visitors to the garden and raising much-needed funds for our charity work.
We are looking for talented artists who are happy to donate their time to design and decorate:
We encourage artists to consider 3D elements to their creations, as long as they are sturdy and not too breakable by small hands!
The boards and letters will be made of marine ply and given a white base coat of paint by the people with learning disabilities we support in our workshops in Minstead, unless you request your door in an uncoated state.
The doors only need to be decorated on one side, they will be attached to a stake and displayed at ground height.
You will need to thoroughly weather seal your creation.
We’re offering to cover reasonable expenses up to £60 per artist. Expense forms with receipts will need to be submitted.
Every selected artist will receive complimentary one year membership for the gardens to visit for free any time. There will be plaques by each creation to explain the piece, more about the artist and sponsor details.
We will be offering the artist who wins the public vote an exhibition slot in the garden’s gallery in 2025.
We will also promote you on site and to our 40,000+ online audience
1 December: Deadline for initial expression of interest via online form
14 January: Deadline to submit full application and sketch for judging
Week of 23 Jan: Artists chosen and notified
February (week TBC): Boards and letters available to collect from Minstead Lodge
15 to 19 April: Artists return finished boards and letters to Minstead Lodge
25 May: Trail officially begins
September: Trail ends and artworks auctioned off.
Please fill out the online form to express your interest.
We will then be in touch to ask you to submit a sketch for a specific fairytale out of the options you have chosen, which will go to the judging panel.
If you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can’t wait to see your ideas – thank you so much for supporting our charity.