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What is Barti Art?

Barti Art is a competition held by Barti spiced rum which encourages participants from all over, and with any level of ability to use creativity to promote good well being and spark a little joy on those long winter nights post Christmas. Barti Art 2025 will likely return once more in January, this will be the fifth time the competition will have been held. Watch this space for updates and further details, until then you can read how Barti Art 2024 went down below.

We’ve held Barti Art three times before and in summary, you guys create beautiful things and send them to us, our judges select winners who receive Barti rum and cash prizes, then a charity exhibition and auction is held in Pembrokeshire in February. After the success of moving the competition to the dark depths of January in 2023, we have done the same again in 2024!

The competition is open to everyone over the age of 18, from those who haven’t picked up a pencil since they were at school, to professional artists. We want to see it all, and most importantly we want those who enter to enjoy being creative.

Winners can expect cash prizes and of course Barti rum!

Previous winners, include Daisy B for “The Ballad of Barti Ddu”, mind blowing wood worker Oli Lee for this , ceramic artist Joanne Robey for her rum pourer pictured below, as well as Amy Wolfe’s illustration of two beach go-ers enjoying a drop of Barti on the sand, also below.

Joanne Robey’s Rum Pourer – Barti Art 2019
Oli Lee’s wooden moving lobster claw ship and waves creation – Barti Art 2018
Amy Wolfe’s Illustration – Barti Art 2019

We will accept all forms of art from floristry to origami to print. The theme is broadly “Barti”. Do with that as you wish. Possible themes might be; spiced rum, cream liqueur, seaweed, the beach, cocktails, adventures, nature, the sea, drinking, the spices (vanilla, clove cinnamon, orange & lemon), nights out, nights in, the raw sugar cane, the bottle itself, waves, ships, Barti Ddu the pirate, elements of Barti Ddu’s story, Wales’s link to piracy.

*****IF your art could be square, (or we can photograph it to be displayed as a square) that would be delightful.**** (not a deal breaker)

In 2023 £750 was raised from the auction and went towards Barti’s Blue Carbon Project This year proceeds will go towards Greenpeace to help with the amazing environmental protection work they do, a cause we believe in.

The Barti Art exhibition and the place you can visit to see the work is Castle Inn, (Newport, Pembrokeshire). The work will be on display between the 17th and 25th Feb 2024. Check out the beautiful pub’s location, menu and more here.

Dust off those art supplies, it’s time for Barti Art 2024!

More examples of entries from previous years.

The deadline for Barti Art 2024 is Feb 9th 2024.

Charity benefiting from sealed bid auction 2024: Greenpeace

Terms and Conditions

  1. You must be over 18 to enter a piece of art.
  2. Art can be anything but should be original and belong to the sender.
  3. Once art is delivered it becomes property of Barti Rum unless otherwise agreed prior to delivery.
  4. Art work must be delivered to the above pictured address before Monday 12th Feb 2024 to be included.
  5. Entries will be displayed at the exhibition, with the possible exception of film, music and exceptionally large pieces if the exhibition venue cannot accommodate these. Offensive or dangerous pieces will not be included.
  6. It is up to Barti Rum which pieces make it into the charity auction.