Winners announced for 19th South Holland Open Arts Exhibition

Posted on 11 April 2019

OpenArts1The 19th South Holland Open Arts exhibition has drawn a crowd and painted a picture of the local artistry talent in the area this month, with over 600 people visiting the South Holland Centre to see the 95 pieces of amateur and professional art on display.

Following an open application process which saw almost 250 entries, an independent panel of judges shortlisted the artwork to go on display at the free exhibition, which ran from the 4 - 10 of April.

The winners of the Best Newcomer and Young Person prizes were chosen on the opening night, which saw an attendance of 165 people. The panel of judges included a Councillor from SHDC, Scarlet Summerfield from Boston College and Simon Haw from Spalding Picture Framing. The Public Vote Trophy was then awarded to the artist whose artwork received the most votes from visitors throughout the weeklong exhibition.

The winner of Best Newcomer, sponsored by Riverbank Studios, was Ian Simm for his work "Blood and Tears". Ian received £100 for his winning entry.

The winner of the Young Person Award, open for 14 - 18 year olds, goes by the pseudonym "Ghost" and won for their work "Wandering Soul". The award is sponsored by Spalding Picture Framing with a prize of £500 worth of vouchers to be used to frame their works of art.

Ieva Baranovska was named as the winner of the Public Vote Trophy. Her work, My Girl, was selected by members of the public from the works on display, with 366 votes cast in total.

The contest was open to any professional or amateur artist over the age of 14 living or working in Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Norfolk, Leicestershire or Fenland.

Artists were able to enter up to three pieces of work in the following media: 3D, photography, digital, oil, pencil, pastel, watercolour, acrylic and gouache.

A South Holland District Council spokesperson said: "We were delighted to host this fantastically supported event and to get to showcase the unique and beautiful work of artists from across the region. Thank you to everyone who worked for and with the Council to make the event possible, including the sponsors, and to all the artists who submitted their works."

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Image Captions: Best Newcomer Ian Simm with his work "Blood and Tears"

Ghost with his work "Wandering Soul", winner of the Young Person Award