South Holland Open Arts Exhibition

The South Holland Open Arts Exhibition is a showcase of artwork created by artists who live and work in South Holland and the surrounding region.

This prestigious annual event has been running since 1999 and attracts artists and visitors from across the East of England.

The 19th South Holland Open Arts Exhibition 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. An independent panel of judges chose artworks to form the exhibition showcasing the wide range of styles and techniques of the talented artists in our region.

The free exhibition was held at the South Holland Centre in Spalding over April 2019 and attracted over 600 visitors.

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.


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