Open16 and YouthOpen16 outstanding showcase returns to the Alfred East Art Gallery

Published: Thursday, 28th April 2016

And the winners were...

The Alfred East Art Gallery’s annual open art exhibition, Open 16, launched in April at an event attended by over 180, which saw three artists receive awards for the artistic merit and originality of their work. The exhibition is now open to the public for free, until Saturday 14th May.

Local artists working in all media were invited to enter the Open16 exhibition, showcasing the work of emerging and established artists. Three prize winners were chosen from 253 entries, by a panel of local arts professionals. The winners each received a cash award, kindly supported by Kettering Borough Council, Taxassist and Portland Print.

Award of £500 for the Soft Pastel drawing of a horse, ‘Serenity’ presented to Amanda Drage
Award of £250 for the Textile piece, ‘Hanson Bay, Kangaroo Island’ presented to Karen Wyeth
Award of £150 for the Screen Print, ‘Rotherhithe Wakehouse’ presented to John McGowan

This year saw the fourth year of the Youthopen16 where young artists showcase their talents and face a gruelling panel of judges themselves. An outstanding display from the young artists has entered 27 pieces into the exhibition and several winners in three age categories. The prizes were sponsored by the Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum, Kettering and District Art Society (KDAS), and Youthworks.

Overall Winner - Lorna Lowrie for her piece ‘Gato Cinzento’
Highly Commended - Ruby Spedding for her ink drawing ‘Chappie’
Commended - Lili Howe for her watercolour ‘My Dream’

Joint Overall Winners - Henry Rivett for his untitled work in graphite, and Jacob Moreton for his sculpture in limestone ‘Daisy Dog’
Highly Commended - Nicola Cifola for her pastel and ink ‘Life in Disguise’
Commended - Craig Richardson for his computer image ‘Recreation’

Overall Winner - Jacob Mawby for his oil and acrylic artwork OAB mix
Highly Commended - Savanna Maye for her pencil sketch ‘Amore’  
Commended - Charlie Wright for his light and dark photograph

The KDAS prize for most promising newcomer in any media or category went to Lorna Lowrie, aged 8, for her piece ‘Gato Cinzento’.

Guy Holloway, Head of Corporate and Cultural Services at Kettering Borough Council, said:
“The array of artwork we have received is vast and varied. The prizes encourage artists to continue making art and could also help to fund their work. We have some wonderful local talent. I think some of the artwork in the Youthopen is particularly amazing and showcases the emerging talent we have in the area. Why not come along and see for yourself?”