The selection panel of the Nottingham Annual Open, a celebration of the best artistic talent in the East and West Midlands, has announced the winning artists of this year’s competition.
The Annual Open which is now running at Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery until 6 November, received almost 1000 art works submitted by just over 300 artists and makers across the region.
The selection panel, which consisted of three prestigious judges Sheila McGregor (Chief Executive, Axis), Lina Peterson (Jeweller) and Dan Perfect (Artist), picked out 129 works by 65 artists (38 from Nottingham). At the end of the selection the panel chose five 'finalists' who were then short listed for the top cash prize.
Nottingham City Council is pleased to announce the prize winners for this year’s Annual Open are:
Cllr Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, awarded the remaining prizes as follows:
All of the exhibiting artists were invited to vote for one of the five short listed finalists in order to determine who would be awarded the main cash prizes.
The 4 runner-up prizes of £250 went to:
And the grand cash prize of £1,500 went to: Frank Kent
All prizes for the Annual Open were generously provided by the exhibition’s sponsors and proved to be a great draw for artists, along with the unique experience of showing in the historic setting of Nottingham Castle.
For the fourth year running the Annual Open has been supported by the New Art Exchange, who contribute to the prize fund and offer a winning artist a solo exhibition in their galleries.
Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said: “The Annual Open is always an exciting exhibition in the Castle’s programme with a huge variety of media submitted and selected including video, performance, collage, drawing, ceramics, painting, jewellery, installation, sculpture and printmaking. I would urge everyone to come and enjoy the exhibition and support the region’s own talented artists.”
The Castle is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm (last admission is 3.30pm).
Further details about the Nottingham Annual Open exhibition are available online at www.mynottingham.gov.uk/open2011. For details of admission prices to Nottingham Castle visit www.mynottingham.gov.uk/nottinghamcastle Alternatively call Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery on 0115 915 3700.