Open 2017 Winners

During the 2017 OPEN art exhibition we asked our visitors to vote for their favourite pieces. We have now counted and tallied the votes, and the following are the public's top 3 favourite works! We asked the artists about the inspiration for their work, and we also have included some visitor comments for each piece.

In no particular order:

Waiting for the Evening by Tony Veal

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Tony comments that the piece is "a street of restaurants in the old walled city of Rethymnon in Crete in the hot Mediterranean summer, as shadows start to form in the afternoon sunshine before the evenings activities. Pen and ink and watercolours impressionist painting. The title is a deliberate play on words......" 

Visitors commented on the "colour, feeling of the painting" with one saying "I wished I was there!".

Ultraviolet Partygirl - Kay Freeman

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Kay comments "Does Ultraviolet PartyGirl make you think of “Strictly” on a Saturday evening? Or maybe bringing the words Party + Girl together gives an altogether different meaning - a nasty twisted image lacking respect. This screen-print aims a gentle reminder at misleading perceptions of a girl’s night out - to look beyond the media’s lazy visual cues and re-think gender roles. Dancing is a powerful way to communicate that bodies are strong and capable, not just pretty. Let's break free from everyday stereotypes of girls and show they are valued for so much more than appearance."

One visitor commented that the piece is a "very unusual & inspiring piece of work. It provokes thought & imagination."

Light of Knowledge - Veronica O'Donahue 

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Veronica comments, "when I first thought about the theme dozens of images flashed through my mind but then I began thinking that without shadow, without darkness for contrast, we can miss the intensity of light and so wanted strong shadows in the piece. The elements of the painting represent knowledge and wisdom. 

The moth sitting on the desk in the sun's rays sets an example to us to always seek the light. 

The books represent knowledge and are on the subjects of justice and equality. 

The apple refers to Adam tasting the fruit of the tree of knowledge.

The extinguished candle and small holes in the wooden wall reminds us that, even in darkness, we can find light. 

The lock on the desk and its key resting on the book reminds us to research and learn as much as possible to unlock knowledge and the dandelion seed represents the dissemination of ideas and facts. I must say that I was very surprised that all that came from my head."

One visitor admired the "exquisite detail including the finesse of the writing on the book. We all need to take time to read the words and act and reach for the light."