Monday, June 20, 2011

Open Painting Competition - A big thank you!

What a fantastic evening and great turnout we had for the private view of our Open Painting Competition! The show runs Wednesday to Sunday until 3rd July,12pm - 6pm, so if you missed the party, do come down and check it out.
Congratulations to the winners;

First prize went to Brendan Lancaster who won £500 sponsored by Accommodation Unlimited and a solo show at Motorcade/FlashParade.
Second prize of £250 went to Tom Palin.
Third prize went to Melanie Russell, who was awarded £150 worth of vouchers from Bristol Fine Art and Jacksons.

We really can't thank the sponsors enough as their support has been central to making this competition so successful.

We had an absolutely brilliant day with our judges, Peter Bonnell the curator of Art Sway, and artists Maggie Royle and Matthew Burrows, who we are incredibly indebted to. It was insightful, entertaining, challenging at times, fascinating at others and a great experience for all of us here. They selected great work from really high quality entries and we are absolutely thrilled with the resulting show! We would also like to thank Mandy Ure for curating the show in such a witty way - a particularly challenging task for selected work in an open competition.

A big big thank you goes out to our team of volunteers, Nic Marshall and Robert Prideaux, who we would be lost without and to whom we are incredibly grateful.

Finally, thank you to everyone who applied and to all who came to the private view and made it such an excellent evening.

We can’t wait to do it all again next year!
Here is a selection of photos from the opening night - you can view all the images on facebook here.
Champagne anyone?


Judge Maggie Royle enjoying a glass of champagne.

Penny awards the third prize to Melanie...

... and first prize to Brendan.

First Prize winner Brendan Lancaster by his two winning pieces

Melanie Russel in front of her prize winning Flat Sandwich

Penny with sponsor Peter Ellis of Accomodation Unlimited