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Thursday, July 24, 2014

There’s so much for art fans to see at the West Lancashire Open Exhibition!

Accomplished artists from across the UK are showing their artworks at Ormskirk’s Chapel Gallery as the prestigious West Lancashire Open Exhibition 2014 is unveiled to the public. 

The gallery, which is run by West Lancashire Borough Council, is hosting its annual Open Exhibition from Saturday 19 July to Wednesday 3 September. A riot of colour, technique and imagination, the Open is one of the gallery’s most popular exhibitions and gives visitors the chance to see a broad variety of inspiring works created by talented individuals. Visitors can vote for the People’s Prize winner and be in with a chance to win a fantastic prize themselves. 

If you’re interested in developing an art collection, the Open Exhibition is a great way to source original artworks to suit all budgets as pieces range from small scale watercolours, prints and photography to large scale contemporary oil paintings, 3D works and textiles. It is a truly diverse exhibition with something for everyone to appreciate. 

Councillor David Sudworth, portfolio holder for Leisure, said:  “The fact this exhibition continues to develop from strength to strength is testament to the passion and commitment of the artists who exhibited. Visitors will find work from established professional through to students and amateurs.” 

All the works were judged by experts including Martyn Lucas and Tony Smith who are both independent curators and widely exhibited artists in their own right. Together the selection panel have chosen almost 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:

  • Third Prize £200: Arthur Roberts, Summer 2014, Graphite and Acrylic on Wood
  • Second Prize £400: Michael Kirby, Aspects of Liverpool, Watercolour
  • First Prize £800: Anna Ketskemety, Untitled, Acrylic on Board 

Winner of the Best 3D prize: 

  • Susan Meyerhoff Sharpler, Evolving Man, Copper/Bronze Sculpture 

Winner of the Best Print prize: 

  • Kathryn Poole, Phasianus Corax, Stone Lithograph Print on Hahnemuhle Paper 


  • Neil Bedwell, Untitled 2, Digital Print
  • Beverley Coleclough, Red Desert Trail, Felted Hanging
  • Sue Donnelly, We’re All in it Together, Gouache & Ink
  • Paula Fenwick Lucas, Hold On, Let Go, Collected Objects, Drawing & Human Hair
  • Mark Heaton, Trilogy #2, Acrylic
  • Thomas Ireland, Hung Parliament,Collagraph
  • John Johnson, Lady with the Red Umbrella, Acrylic & Gouache
  • Helena Mulvenna, Pleasure, Hand Coloured Lino Cut
  • Anthony Ogden, Kitchen Still Life, Acrylic on Board
  • Jen Orpin, Big Tree, Oil on Canvas
  • Pauline Parsons, The Illusion of Choice, Fired Stoneware Clay, Wood and Metal
  • Cherry Spencer, Fields and Hills,Textile Collage with Hand Stitching and Buttons
  • Malcolm Taylor, Boatyard, Acrylic
  • Angie Thompson, Abigail, Pencil Drawing
  • Sonja Wellings, Weather Diary, Etching

Exhibition Tours take place on Saturday 26 July and Saturday 23 August. Please contact the gallery in advance to book a place or drop in on the day.

There are also free family friendly gallery-based activities for people to explore 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, visit Chapel GalleryChapel Gallery (external link), or email chapel.gallery@westlancs.gov.uk or call 01695 571328.

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