Open Art 2016 opens at Beverley Art Gallery on Saturday 26 November.
The annual exhibition invites entries from all artists, amateur or professional, living in the East Riding of Yorkshire or Hull. and will be officially launched by Councillor Caroline Fox, Vice Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
The guest selectors this year for the items to be displayed were Adele Howitt and Rose Horspool.
Adele Howitt’s ceramic art is marked by notions of the living landscape, abstraction, pollen grains, and natural pattern. She uses clay as a sculptural medium, opposing the tradition of employing it as a technical medium or an exploration of the vessel.
Adele’s work has long been associated with innovation, design, and place making within the public realm. She has a long history of experimentation with ceramic form, and has exhibited across Europe. Adele Howitt is Director of the craft workshop and gallery Studio Eleven in Hull, where she is based.
Rose Horspool has been an art teacher and an art practitioner since 1978. She has worked in the design world as a freelance illustrator, and was Head of Creative Studies at Bishop Burton College, leaving in 2005 to start Vista Arts with her husband Robin.
Her personal love is portraying the natural world , landscape, flora and fauna in a range of media in as intense and personal a response as possible, forever searching out the truth in what she portrays. She is Chair of East Riding Artists and was one of its founder members.
This year the Selectors awarded their First Prize to Gary Saunt for Beverley Central and Loraine Walker’s Black Dahlia was Highly Commended.
Curator Gerardine Mulcahy-Parker said:
“Open Art has remained as popular as ever this year, and I have been delighted with the variety and quality of entries submitted.
“Once again, we are running our People’s Choice competition. All visitors to the exhibition are invited to vote for their own favourite in the show and voting slips are available at Reception.
Beverley Art Gallery is in Champney Road and admission is free. It is open from Monday to Saturday, with late opening on Thursdays until 8pm.
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