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Monday, August 01, 2016

A celebration of talent at the West Lancashire Open Exhibition 2016

A vibrant collection of works by accomplished artists from across the UK has been brought together for the prestigious West Lancashire Open Exhibition at the Chapel Gallery.

The superb annual exhibition was unveiled to the public on Saturday 16 July and will be open at the West Lancashire Borough Council-run gallery until 7 September.

It’s a celebration of colour, technique and imagination and gives visitors the chance to see a variety of inspiring works created by talented individuals in a wide range of media.

All the works were judged by guest selectors including Jane Fairhurst and Arthur Roberts, who are both established artists and curators. Together the selection panel has chosen over 200 artworks for exhibition in the light and open space of the Chapel Gallery.

Several works of art received commendations and the overall winners were:

  • Student Prize £150: Elizabeth Munro, Jekyll & Hyde, Mixed Media (A student at West Lancashire College)
  • Third Prize £200: David Finnegan, Diamonds, Bone China with a Stoneware Base – (David is from Southport)
  • Second Prize £400: Mike Hatjoullis, Blackpool, Lino Cut – (Mike is from Liverpool)
  • First Prize £800: Andrew Robinson, Bruckmeier, Oil on Canvas – (Andrew is from Skelmersdale)

Andrew has just graduated with a BA and has been awarded a place to study an MA in Fine Arts at Edinburgh University.

He said: “I am delighted to have been awarded first prize in this prestigious competition as there are some fantastic artworks in the exhibition.”

Councillor Yvonne Gagen, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “Congratulations to Andrew on winning first prize and good luck to him for his future career. This is a challenging time for the arts so the fact that this exhibition continues to develop from strength to strength is testament to the passion and commitment of the artists exhibited. Visitors will find work from established professionals through to students and amateurs with ambition.”

The Open is one of the gallery’s most popular exhibitions, where there is something for everyone to enjoy. This exhibition offers an excellent opportunity for any would-be art collectors. The artworks range from small scale watercolours, prints and photography to large scale contemporary oil paintings, 3D works and textiles. They can be purchased at very reasonable prices.

Visitors can also place their votes for the People’s Prize winner when you visit and be in with a chance to win a fantastic prize yourself.

If you would like a tour of the Open Exhibition please contact the Gallery on 01695 571328 or email chapel.gallery@westlancs.gov.uk. There are free family-friendly gallery based activities available during every exhibition at the Chapel Gallery for people to explore, engage and enjoy.

The gallery, on St Helens Road, is open from 10am to 4.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday. The gallery also has a café and craft shop, and admission is free. For more information please visit Chapel Gallery or Chapel Gallery (external link). Or you can email chapel.gallery@westlancs.gov.uk or call 01695 571328.

For more information on West Lancashire Borough Council events please visit events.

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