Alfred East Art Gallery Open19 & Youth Open19 Winners

Published: Thursday, 14th November 2019

The winners of the annual Open Exhibition have been announced! The response this year was enormous, with over 300 entries for the Open19 and double the entries for the Youth Open19 than last year!

The Alfred East Art Gallery hosts this Open Exhibition annually, and local members of the public, from keen amateurs to professional artists, submit their artwork for a chance at being on display in Kettering’s prestigious Gallery. 
The preview event on the opening night was immensely popular, with 300 attendees coming to see the exhibition and awards ceremony. The huge amount of talent from all the local artists this year ensured that the judges had a mammoth task in choosing the winners. 

On the judging panel for the Open19 was the Mayor of Kettering: Cllr Keli Watts, Chris Prout (Artist) and Denise Brandrith (Teacher at Kettering Buccleuch Academy). 
And the winners were:
    Karren Harrison with ‘Cerulean Cave’ - Overall Winner.
    Jane Cockroft Thom with ‘Vivienne’ - Highly Commended.
    Judy Taylor with ‘Wadenhoe Church’ - Commended.
    Annette Elizabeth Sykes with ‘Driven by the Sun, Moon and Stars’ – Best Print in Show.

Youth Open19
The Youth Open19 judging panel included Michael Wright (Artist from Latimer College), Catherine Matthews (Artist and Teacher), Davina Parkhouse (owner of The Bean Hive in Kettering) and Phil Steel (representative of the Friends of Kettering Art Gallery & Museum). 
And the winners were:
For 8-11 years:
    Joseph Robinson with ‘Proud To Be….’ - Overall Winner.
    Evie-Lily Mildren with ‘The Old Man’ - Highly Commended.

For 12-15 years:
    Elizabeth Thomas with ‘Roman’ - Overall Winner.
    Isabelle Watson with ‘Pigeon Power’ - Highly Commended.
For 16-18 years:
    Georgina Bosworth with ‘Me Is You’ - Overall Winner.
    Matthew Druery with ‘O2’ - Highly Commended.

Group Entry Winner: 
    Brigstock School Art Club with ‘Brigstock Tree of Life.’ 

Technical Ability Winner:
    Ella Bellamy-Turner with ‘Untitled.’ 

The People’s Choice Award 
Perhaps the biggest prize of the exhibition, winning this accolade means one lucky artist is invited to hold their own exhibition at the Alfred East Art Gallery in 2020.
Kettering Museum and Art Gallery are proud to announce that this year’s winner is Stella Benford, with her mixed media piece, ‘Favela Hill’!
Stella is a long-standing favourite amongst the local community and the results show that her work is as popular and in demand as ever. 
Runners up in the People’s Choice Award this year were:
    2nd Place: Claire Denny with ‘Chilly Morning, Whilton Locks, Northants’.
    3rd Place:  Newcomer to the gallery, Jane Cockroft Thom with ‘Vivienne’.

Kettering Museum and Art Gallery would like to say a huge thankyou to all who sponsored the competition. 
Prizes this year were sponsored by local businesses and organisations, including Kettering Borough Council, Friends of Kettering Gallery and Museum, Kettering & District Art Society, Averil Phillips & Family, Atelier Editions, The Bean Hive, Coleman’s, Ecospin Laundry Services, Velvet Ink Tattoo Studio and Youthworks Northamptonshire.
The Open20 will be running from 3rd October until 14th November next year, so look out for submission forms during the summer months.

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