We are thrilled to announce a brand new Art Competition, on behalf of the New Betws-y-Coed Outdoor Painters Group, inviting local artists from across Eryri to express their awe and admiration for the natural beauty of the Snowdonia National Park. The competition seeks to celebrate and showcase the inspiring landscapes and rich cultural heritage of one of the UK’s most cherished natural environments as well as bringing together a group of inspiring creatives.

Competition Details:

  • Theme: Inspired by Eryri – Snowdonia
  • Location: Betws-y-Coed
  • Submission Date: Entries must be submitted by September 1st, 2024
  • Categories: Painting
  • Eligibility: Open to professional artists, 2 submissions per entry, must be over 18


  • Prizes will include a Grand Prize of £500 for the best overall entry, a meal for two at the Royal Oak & a £50 Voucher for Jackson Art Supplies. Alongside a special mention category from each individual judge’s favourite
  • Selected works will be featured in a special exhibition at St Mary’s Betws-y-Coed following the competition.

Judging Panel: Our panel includes distinguished artists and local art enthusiasts who have a deep connection with Eryri’s landscape and culture.

David Morgan – Artworks2 Gallery
Sara McKee – Life: Full Colour Gallery
Alison Bradley – Alison Bradley Gallery

Entry Fee:

  • free

This competition is a fantastic opportunity for artists to gain recognition for their talents and for art lovers to experience the Eryri National Park through diverse artistic perspectives.

How to Enter: Please download the entry form here with further detailed submission guidelines. For any enquiries, contact debbiebaxter@yahoo.co.uk

Our Artistic Heritage

The hotel has been at the center of the village’s social and cultural life since the 18th century and it provided a base for travelers and artists who came to capture the natural beauty of the surrounding Snowdonia National Park. Its picturesque setting and traditional architecture have made it a subject of interest and depiction in various artworks itself. It was prominent artist David Cox Jnr, a contemporary of Turners who bought Betws to Coed to the art worlds attention by setting up an Artists Colony in 1844, establishing it’s base & meeting place at the Royal Oak.

The group included notable painters who were drawn to the area’s exceptional natural beauty. Their works contributed to the Romanticism movement, which emphasised awe in nature. The ability to capture the dynamic and sublime natural elements of Betws-y-Coed resulted in a significant body of artistic work being produced by the group.

The village and its surroundings are steeped in Welsh culture and history, adding layers of depth to the artistic interpretations of the area. The integration of local culture, history, and landscapes in art has helped to preserve and promote Welsh heritage.

The Artists Group led to the setting up of The Royal Cambrian Academy of Art, often referred to as the Royal Cambrian Society, which was founded in 1881. It was established to create a center of excellence for artists working in Wales and to promote the visual arts within the region.

We look forward to seeing how Eryri inspires you and the evolving art of the New Betws Outdoor Painters Group

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