Open Art Results 2021

Judging Panel:

David Chamberlain - Senior Arts Development Officer, Caerphilly CBC

Louise Collis - Artist

Kim Colebrook - Ceramicist and last year's winner

Judges comments:

The judges commented that this year’s Open Art Exhibition seems to have a unique personality, presenting things that have been important to us all through the Covid disruptions and giving an insight from artists who may have found a creative outlet during these testing times.

The panel selected the winning artwork and runner up. The factors they considered important when making their selection included originality, technique and emotional impact. They thought the exhibition was very varied with an interesting mix of work, and felt the overall standard of work was strong, which made judging both difficult and also enjoyable. They were impressed by the broad range of ideas, the exploration of themes and the creative use of media and said that it was good to see work by well established artists displayed alongside emerging artists and amateurs.

The panel were drawn to seascapes for both the runner up and winning entry. Two very different entries: one showing the energy and strength in the waves and the other an abstract composition of structures and colours. The judges said they were both well executed and worthy winners set against a high bar. 



The judges concluded by saying this exhibition is now a must see fixture on the exhibition calendar for anyone interested in the visual arts as it continues to support and showcase some of the best emerging and existing artists in Wales.

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Selected by the judging panel

Tracey Lewis: Within the Harbour Walls

Selected by the judging panel

Gigi Jones: Time & Tide

Selected by online voters and visitors to the gallery

Ian Mackenzie: Land of Passion/Gwlad Llawn Angerdd

Selected by Caerphilly Town Mayor, Cllr Mike Prew

Llion Pascal: Gambit

Highly Commended:

Susan Barber            April Showers

Meg Bateman           Our Wonderful NHS

Maureen Carlson       Strawberries & Cream

Patricia May Clark      Deserted

Elizabeth Elsworth     Poppy Field
Sid Head                  The Hayes, Cardiff

Janet Howe              Mad Hatter 1

Lorraine Howells       Blue Water, Rest Bay
Ian Mackenzie          Land of Passion / Gwlad Llawn Angerdd
Joanna Richards       Essence of Bone 3
Jackie Shackson       Church Rock
Haf Weighton           First Glimpse of the Sea