Winners announced for the Grosvenor Museum's 12th Open Art Exhibition
21 March 2017The Grosvenor Museum’s 12th Open Art Exhibition presents the best in contemporary art from the region.
The show, which runs until 21 June, provides a diverse and stimulating exhibition for the public, vividly demonstrating the great wealth of artistic talent in the area. With 206 exhibits by 167 artists, the exhibition presents a kaleidoscope of colours and styles, a wide range of techniques and materials, and a rich variety of subjects and moods. There will definitely be things you will love, and maybe a few you will hate: come and vote for your favourite.
Alison Knight, Director of Place Strategy, Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “Visitors to the exhibition are invited to vote for their favourite work, and the Visitors’ Choice will win £100. Visitors will also be able to purchase an original work of art, since most of the exhibits are for sale.”
Three prizes have been awarded. The First Prize of £1,000 goes to Mark Elsmore of Longsdon for his watercolour ‘One Man’s Ceiling is Another Man’s Floor’. Mark commented: “It is early morning at Aberystwyth pier. There is a positive energy and a sense of endless possibilities. The day is new and we can do anything. The pier is a metaphor for self-imposed restrictions and boundaries. Mighty ferrous legs surround us but we can look beyond them. We raise our gaze and know that ‘One Man’s Ceiling is Another Man’s Floor’.”
The Second Prize of £500 has been won by John Whitehill of Stoke-on-Trent for his oil painting ‘Left Hanging 1’. The artist said: “This piece is part of an ongoing interest I have in developing the tradition of still life painting is a personal way. The combination of the knotted fabric folds and the directed light source gave me an ideal arrangement for painting.”
The Third Prize of £250 has been awarded to Helen Pearse of Didsbury for her oil painting ‘The Transience of Childhood’. Helen explained: “I wanted to express something about the transient nature of childhood. Charlie was sitting waiting to hear whether he had been successful in his senior school entrance exams. It seemed to be the end of an era for both of us and I wanted to mark the passing of time with this portrait.”
Also highly commended were Les Heywood of Marple, Jo Jenkins of Chester, David Lawton of Chester, Ann Lewis of Bethesda, Noel McCready of Conwy, Clive McWilliam of Chester and Ondre Nowakowski of Sandbach.
The museum is collaborating with Funky Aardvark for ‘Not the Grosvenor Museum Open’. Bex Raven, Chief Aardvark at Funky Aardvark, said: “The Grosvenor Museum Open receives hundreds of entries, and sadly not all the pieces can be hung. Funky Aardvark has the answer.
‘Not the Grosvenor Museum Open’ is an exhibition of artworks the museum could not fit in. Visit the exhibition and see if you agree with the judges’ choice and vote for your favourites to award the Aardvark visitors choice. Our exhibition runs until 6 May, with prize-giving on 29 April”. Funky Aardvark, at 61 Bridge Street Row East, is open Tuesday – Sunday (except Easter Day) 10am - 5pm.
Another associated exhibition is ‘Digital Open’ at Chester Library, running until 30 April. This presents artworks from multi-media artists David Cotterrell, Nayan Kulkarni and Patricia MacKinnon-Day alongside digital artworks from the University of Chester.
Funky Aardvark is running weekly workshops:
The Grosvenor Museum is open Monday – Saturday 10.30-5 and Sunday 1-4, admission free, donations welcome.