Submissions have come to an end!

Dear artists, submissions for our octopus sculpture design competition are now closed! We beyond thrilled with the response to the Octopus Ahoy! campaign. There have been over 100 wonderfully creative submissions from talented artists – the designs we have received have been keeping us pleasantly entertained!

We can’t wait for the artwork to be admired across Essex once the octopus sculptures are released to create the art trail this summer, from 4th July to 12th September, along with the 70 other sculptures that are kindly being designed by schools across the county.

Our fantastic sponsors will be making their decisions on which artists will be commissioned to complete their designs at our event taking place on 4th March 2020. Those who are successful will be notified on the 9th March 2020 and will be paid £750 to bring their artwork to life.

We look forward to finding out who our chosen artists will be, and we would like to give a big thank you to everyone who took the time to create a design and sent in their submissions. We have loved you sharing your artistic talents with us, even if it has made some of us feel a bit mediocre compared!

If you would like to learn more about this event and how you can get involved, please visit our website at

Again, thank you…and ahoy!