04 September 2014
Exhibitions, Industry news
Now in its 18th year, The National Open Art Exhibition – sponsored by Towry, the Wealth Advisor – is an annual open competition which aims to nurture creative talent from around the UK, providing a truly open and fair platform for both emerging and professional artists to exhibit, sell and promote their work. For the first time in its history, the competition’s shortlisted and winning work will be exhibited in London at the prestigious arts and cultural venue, Somerset House.
The highest ever number of entries were submitted this year, from all corners of the UK. Works including paintings, drawings, original prints, photography, wall hung installations and computer generated art, have been shortlisted for exhibition by the distinguished panel, which includes: Norman Akroyd RA, Printmaker; Vanessa Branson, Founder Marrakech Biennale; Caroline Irby, Photographer; Chris Orr RA, Printmaker and Draughtsman. The full list of artists selected for exhibition will be announced at the end of August.
The 2014 exhibition will be officially opened at Somerset House, London by the internationally acclaimed artist, Gavin Turk, on 18 September 2014, coinciding with the unveiling of his newly reconfigured neon installation entitled ‘Port’. The exhibition will run from 18 September – 25 October 2014, where all shortlisted entries will be displayed alongside the prize winning works.
Prizes totalling an impressive £60,000 will be awarded to the winning artists at a private ceremony on 24 September 2014. They include the Towry Award for Best in Show of £10,000, and new for this year, the ‘Money Can’t Buy Awards’, offering unique opportunities for the winning artists.
After Somerset House the exhibition will be touring to Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (2 – 14 December 2014) where the winning works will be shown alongside its extensive collection of Modern British Art. This will be followed by an exhibition of all works at the Minerva Festival Theatre, Chichester (17 December 2014 – 4 January 2015). The best works on paper will be exhibited at The Works on Paper Fair (5 – 8 February 2015) at The Science Museum.
Dates: 18 September – 25 October 2014
Embankment Galleries East, South Wing, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Open: Daily 10am – 6pm
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (Winning works only)
2 – 14 December 2014
Open Tues – Sun 10am – 5pm, Thurs open to 8pm
Cost £9, £5.50 students, £3.50 children (6-16)
For further details about National Open Art please visit: www.thenationalopenartcompetition.com
Image: © Rachel Louise Brown, The Farm House, from the series The Malevolent Eye, Metallic C Type Print. Courtesy of the artist and National Open Art