PRESS RELEASES - 2015

National Open Art reveals its 2015 winners


Winners of the 2015 National Open Art Competition were announced last night (21 October) at the Royal College of Art, attended by NOA’s patron Ronnie Wood.

A total of 35 amateur and professional artists from across the UK and Ireland won prizes totalling more than £60,000.

Fine art prizes were won by British-born Tamil artist Reginald S Aloysius, who was awarded by £5000 and a sculpture of a rhinoceros by NOA’s patron Ronnie Wood for his graphite and gold leaf piece KUL-MH004. Up-and-coming Artist Jack Tierney also won a fine art prize of £3000 for The Last Known Portrait of Ferdinand Marcos and Kent fine artist Adrienne Blake won £2000 for Egg Box.

Exciting new artists were celebrated through a number of prizes. Holly Zandbergen’s Emergence came first in the Young Artist’s Award, which carries a £5,000 prize. Alexandra Merriam’s Sharlotta and Hannah Murray’s Mark and Helen came second and third, winning £3,000 and £2,000 respectively. Michael James Wright was named Best Emerging Artist for his oil painting Love Fool, which carries a £1,000 prize. Isla Jones was awarded Young Photographer’s Award for We Three and also won £1000

The winning artworks beat nearly 4000 entries after being selected anonymously by judges Hughie O'Donoghue RA, David Lister, Rebecca Hossack, Vanessa Branson and Amanda Harman. The works are all being exhibited at NOA’s Winter Exhibition at the Royal College of Art (21 Oct – 1 Nov) along with more than 100 artworks that also made it through to the final. The winners are due to be exhibited at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester in December (1-13 Dec).

NOA 2015 judge Hughie O' Donoghue RA said: “Judging thousands of art works is a challenge, but the experience is essentially a privileged glimpse of the creative energy at work in Britain and Ireland today. I’m impressed with the strength and diversity of the submissions. What comes through for me is a sense of invention and a seriousness of intent, sometimes along with irreverence and humour. It’s a healthy picture of the art in these Islands”

Prizes for the best artworks in each medium were also awarded including the Best Photography award, given to Harry Borden, one of the UK’s most acclaimed portrait photographers, for his C-type print, Kenny – 20 Years of Farming. Aleksandra Karpowicz’s photographic collage of naked people of all shapes and sizes Let’s Talk About Sex won the Best Portrait Award.

This year’s competition included a moving image category for the first time in its history, won by Susan Walsh for Mary.

Neil Lawson-Baker, Chairman of NOA, said: “Year by year collectors tell us that the quality and excellence of this important exhibition gets better and better and this year is no exception. This show should not be missed by anyone who is serious about seeing the emerging talent and creativity being produced by artists and photographers from across the entire UK and Ireland.”

All entries to this year’s competition are for sale at the exhibitions or through NOA’s website. Proceeds for each piece are divided between the artist, NOA, and The House of Fairy Tales, a charity that helps children and young people engage with art.

 

National Open Art’s Winter Exhibition takes place at the Royal College of Art in Kensington, London between 21 October and 1 November. Free to enter.

The Winner’s Exhibition takes place at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester between 1 and 13 December.

For more information visit www.thenationalopenartcompetition.com.

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NOA15 full list of winners

Announced at the NOA15 Private View on Wednesday, 21 October

NAME PRIZE TITLE

Michael Angove

NOA15 Best Drawing Award sponsored by The Arts Club, Dover Street

Icon

Michael James Wright

NOA15 Best Emerging Artist Award sponsored by Richard & Val Evans

Love Fool

Stephen Scullion

NOA15 Best Installation Award sponsored by Neil & Grace Lawson Baker

Metamorphoses - Phaethon

Caroline Kent

NOA15 Best Landscape Award sponsored by The Norfolk Estate

Late Autumn Drones

Harry Borden

NOA15 Best Photography Award sponsored by Naylor

Kenny - 20 Years of Farming

Aleksandra Karpowicz

NOA15 Best Portrait Award sponsored by Ward Thomas

Let's Talk About Sex

Chris Gilbert

NOA15 Best Print or Etching Award sponsored by Abi Slade

Oaxaca Serenade

Holly Zandbergen

NOA15 Best Young Artists Award sponsored by Prudential

Emergence

Grace Camille Lee

NOA15 East of England Award sponsored by Vanessa Whinney

Incarnation

Reginald S Aloysius

NOA15 Fine Art Award for the Best Artist sponsored by NOA & The Ronnie Wood Sculpture

KUL-MH004

Jack Tierney

NOA15 Fine Art Award Sponsored by Seaward Properties

'The last known portrait of Ferdinand Marcos'

Adrienne Blake

NOA15 Fine Art Award sponsored by Ward Thomas

EGG BOX  (series)

Gillian Hyland

NOA15 Photography Award sponsored by Ward Thomas

Look Away

Cherry Pickles

NOA15 Welsh Award sponsored by Aneurin Morgan Thomas

Self-Portrait as Dylan Thomas

Alexandra Meriam

NOA15 Young Artists Award sponsored by Prudential

Sharlotta

Hannah Murray

NOA15 Young Artists Award sponsored by Prudential

Two Works - Mark and Helen

 

Announced at the NOA15 Private View on Friday, 23 October

 

NAME PRIZE TITLE

Louis Appleby

NOA15 Artists' Mentor Experience Organised by Cass Art

Beasts of England

Susan Walsh

NOA15 Best Moving Image Award sponsored by Roy Pace

Mary

Chris King

NOA15 Big Sky Studio Photography Experience Award

HP Tree - 72034

Feiyi Wen

NOA15 Big Sky Studio Young Photographer’s Experience Award

The Untitled from the Series 'In a Manner of Speaking'

Marian Hyland

NOA15 Cass Art Material Bursary for Mature Artist

Harmony II

Skye Algera

NOA15 Cass Art Material Bursary for Young Artist

Self portrait

Patricia Whiting

NOA15 Heart of England Award sponsored by Towry

Work life balance

Almuth Tebbenhof

NOA15 London Award sponsored by Towry

Blaue Mitte Circle

Amanda Wigglesworth

NOA15 North of England Award sponsored by Towry

Harmony

Frances Ryan

NOA15 Northern Ireland Award sponsored by Towry

Exotica 2

Carol Hodder

NOA15 Republic of Ireland Award sponsored by The Merrion Hotel, Dublin

storm tree

Paul Furneaux

NOA15 Scottish Award sponsored by The Orrin Trust

City Lights 1

Holly Frean

NOA15 Selected by the Lawrence Alkin Gallery for their Summer 2016 Mixed Gallery Exhibition

A Pack of Women Artists

Lauren Alderslade

NOA15 South of England Award sponsored by University of Chichester

Plenty of Fish

Lisa Lewis

NOA15 Southwest of England Award sponsored by Towry

Nightscape Electric Blue

Robbie Bushe

NOA15 Turtleton Trust Scottish Art Prize

Widening Anticipation

Kaye Song

NOA15 World Vote Winner

Asleep

Isla Jones

NOA15 Young Photographer’s Award sponsored by Towry

We Three

Kitti Szekely (age 7) - Cliffedale Primary School

NOA15 1st Prize Award for Children sponsored by the Foyle Foundation

Sunflowers

Matthew Wynne (age 12) – Great Oaks School

NOA15 2nd Prize Award for Children sponsored by the Foyle Foundation

Grandad

Luc

NOA15 3rd Prize Award for Children sponsored by the Foyle Foundation

The Child Inside

 

The headline sponsor for 2015 is LONDON WALL PARTNERS.

 

As well as the 133 static pieces being exhibited, an additional six pieces of artwork from NOA’s children competition and six moving image pieces will be exhibited.

Described by Young British Artist Gavin Turk as “the best open art competition in the UK”, NOA’s annual competition is held in high regard across the visual art world for the calibre of the work submitted.

NOA maintains its own collection, consisting of donated works by established and emerging artists who have submitted work to the NOA competition. This year NOA will hold exhibitions in London, Chichester, Brighton, Arundel and Harrogate.

Proceeds of sales from the NOA collection and competition go to helping NOA continue its mission to encourage artistic achievement and to NOA’s chosen charity, The House of Fairy Tales, which helps children and young people engage with art.

NOA’s long-term ambitions are to establish a fund for artists’ education grants; to help provide affordable art studios; to provide bursaries and career support for artists and to encourage donations for traveling scholarships.

NOA was founded by the Duke of Richmond at Goodwood and is now presided over by the Duke of Norfolk. Its patron is Ronnie Wood and its Vice Presidents are Daniel Hodson, Michael Smith and Gavin Turk. It is run by the Chichester Art Trust, a not-for-profit Arts charity. No 1067096.

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Amateur and professional artists celebrate as National Open Art reveals its 2015 finalists


Amateur and established artists from all corners of the UK and Ireland are celebrating after being selected as finalists in this year’s National Open Art competition.

 

The final 133 artworks, selected from nearly 4000 entries by judges Hughie O' Donoghue RA, David Lister, Rebecca Hossack, Vanessa Branson and Amanda Harman, will now appear at NOA’s Winter Exhibition at the Royal College of Art in October (21 Oct – 1 Nov) where this year’s prize winners will be announced.

 

Harry Borden, one of the UK’s most acclaimed portrait photographers, has been selected as a finalist for his C-type print, Kenny – 20 Years of Farming. Dreamboat and Dreamscape, two hand-coloured etchings by renowned illustrator Carolyn Gowdy, whose work has changed the look of British book, magazine and poster illustration over the past 20 years, will also feature.

 

Mixed media artist Charlie Calder-Potts, who submitted work to the competition inspired by her time in Afghanistan as an official British Army war artist, has two pieces selected. One of which, I am the gate that fears no fall, is created out of scrap metal brought back from a ‘warthog’ tank in Helmand province.

 

A print by Marcus Lyon, an award winning photographer and founder of the multidisciplinary art studio Glassworks, has also been selected as has work by portrait painter Kevin M.A. Cunningham, British-born Tamil artist Reginald S Aloysius and Mackie, winner of the Fine Art Award in NOA’s 2014 competition.

 

Strongly represented up-and-coming artists include Mandy Payne, whose selected piece Everything of Value Has Been Removed comes from her three-year exploration of Park Hill in Sheffield, a Grade II listed council estate which is part abandoned and part regenerated. Artist Jack Tierney has also made it to NOA’s 2015 final for his oil painting The Last Known Portrait of Ferdinand Marcos.


Other rising names include Brighton-based artist Lauren Alderslade, who has been selected for her painting Plenty of Fish – a comment on the modern dating game – fine artist Ben Snowden, photographer Isla Jones, and contemporary landscape painter John Hainsworth.

 

The diverse regional spread of the finalists is clear – with 27 artworks from artists in South East England, 16 from artists in South West England, 11 from artists in Northern England, 11 from artists in the Midlands, seven from artists in the East of England, five from artists in Scotland, four from artists in Ireland, two from artists in Northern Ireland and two from artists in Wales. The remaining pieces are from London-based artists.

 

NOA 2015 judge Hughie O' Donoghue RA said: “Judging thousands of art works is a challenge, but the experience is essentially a privileged glimpse of the creative energy at work in Britain and Ireland today. I’m impressed with the strength and diversity of the submissions. What comes through for me is a sense of invention and a seriousness of intent, sometimes along with irreverence and humour. It’s a healthy picture of the art in these Islands.”

 

Also exhibiting will be 18-year-old Kaye Song whose piece Asleep, which she created as part of her A-level artwork, won a place at the NOA’s Winter Exhibition after being voted for by members of the public in NOA’s first ever World Vote.

 

Neil Lawson-Baker, Chairman of NOA, said: “After 19 years of the National Open Art Competition, the artists keep surprising me. The work from this year’s finalists is hugely diverse. The artists themselves come from all corners of the UK and Ireland and are at varying stages in their own artistic lives, but what unites each of them is an ability to communicate to the world through art. These pieces are inspiring, sometimes challenging, and of huge credit to those who have created them.”

 

The finalists are vying for a range of prizes totalling more than £60,000, which will be announced on 21 and 23 October at the RCA. These include the NOA15 Fine Art Award for the Best Artist and the NOA15 Best Young Artist, both of which carry a prize of £5,000, and the NOA15 Best Emerging Artist, which carries a £1,000 prize. A prize for the best artwork in each medium will also be given. For the first time in the competition’s history, this includes a moving image category and a category for work submitted by artists aged under 15.

 

This year’s winners will be exhibited at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester in December.

 

All entries to this year’s competition are for sale and proceeds for each piece will be divided between the artist, NOA, and The House of Fairytales, a charity that helps children and young people engage with art.

 

National Open Art’s Winter Exhibition takes place at the Royal College of Art between 21 October – 1 November and is free to enter.

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NOA POP-UP AT SILO, BRIGHTON FRINGE 2015

What a fabulous, funky, first time Pop Up our Exhibition at Silo Restaurant for the Brighton Fringe has been! And it all started in the depths of winter last year when we met Kimberly Butler, Marketing Director of the Brighton Fringe at a networking evening hosted by Impact Marketing.

It made perfect sense to us here at NOA since the close connection between food and art have long gone, hand in hand, ever since Picasso and Miro painted for their supper at La Colombe d’Or, high in the hills of Provence, in the south of France.

Today, fabulous original works of their art hang on the walls and bear testimony to the unique deal the artists struck with the restaurateur. They were hungry and penniless and the restaurant had acres of bare walls . . . a perfect solution. Artists range from the modern masters who ate at La Colombe d’Or to leading contemporary figures such as Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin.

There is today a vibrant and diverse art scene pervading some of the best restaurants across the world. Why is there is such a burgeoning art scene within restaurants? Art is an additional attraction to bring people in. The restaurant business is an extremely competitive market, so art in the restaurant space is an ideal combination. Across the UK, restaurants, bars, hotels and cafes champion emerging local artists. Gilby’s @the Bay in Cardiff, for example, commissioned works for its launch. Others prefer to support graduates, such as the Michelin-starred Number One restaurant at The Balmoral in Edinburgh, which displays 100 works of art by graduates from the Royal College of Art in London.

Feed Your Soul

Silo is a Restaurant, Coffee House, Bakery and Brewery in Brighton's North Laine and is the embodiment of a pre-industrial food system... They provide quality through purity, adopting a more primitive diet with techniques both modern and ancient, selecting food sources that respect the natural order, allowing ingredients to be themselves without unnecessary processing. By creating everything on site from its wholest form they capture real food, and real food tastes better. Silo is designed from back to front, always with the bin, or in Silo’s case, lack of it, in mind. The production of waste has been eliminated by simply choosing to trade directly with farmers, using re-usable delivery vessels and choosing local ingredients that themselves generated no waste. The compost machine set inside Silo turns all of the scraps and trimmings directly into compost used to produce more food... Closing the loop.

Celebrate Good Times

What an exciting evening of beautiful food, art and cocktails, the Private View was set to be! On Wednesday 13 May, guests traveled from all over the country to join us for an evening of Douglas’ delicate Silo Canapés, Blackdown Artisan Spirit’s sensational cocktails and NOA’s Art. One of our devoted NOA Ambassadors even travelled all the way from Manchester! Thanks Geraldine!

Exhibiting Artists included those from the NOA Collection and NOA14 Artists in Residence, Freya Pocklington, Rosie Emerson and Chloe Leaper. Ashley Hanson, who has recently been invited to the NOA Collection, was on show as well as Greg Gilbert’s miniature biro drawings that have been shown at the Royal Academy.

We invited Vice President Gavin Turk’s wife, Deborah Curtis to speak as we donate 5% of all our sales to her and Gavin’s children’s art charity the House of Fairy Tales. The charity was set up eight years ago by Deborah and her husband Gavin and their aim is to encourage both artists and their audiences to start that journey to visual and intellectual literacy as young as possible.

“We are delighted that NOA has decided to support our charity this year with a percentage of the proceeds from sales of the work. This completes the loop and ensures that the next generation will be encouraged to love and value art and artistic practice as much as we do.
Initiatives such as National Open Art Competition are vital to provide a platform for all artists, reaching out to those who need an opportunity for their work to be seen. NOA supports artists at all stages in their life and regional events like this help to raise the profile of this fantastic competition and key it into networks all over the country.”

Everybody had the chance to say their bit about the collaboration and how is has been a wonderful experience. Douglas McMaster, the pioneering chef behind Silo told us about their interesting journey and how “creativity breeds creativity”, before Julian Caddy, Managing Director of the Brighton Fringe, gave an all-encompassing speech rounding off the whole evening.

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All events held by our charity, including the National Open Art Prize and Exhibitions, are primarily to raise funds for the benefit of the charity to enable it to fulfil its aims and objectives.

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Welsh Award - Twr y Felin
Cass Art
Artists' Collecting Society
Domaine des Jeanne

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