PRESS RELEASES - 2016

Wayne Hemingway to open National Open Art Exhibition at Pallant House Gallery

 

 

Image: Wayne Hemingway - Courtesy Glasgow Evening Times

 

  • Wayne is available for interview on Friday, 6 December between 6pm – 6.30pm
  • Venue: Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester, PO19 1TJ
  • Please contact Hester at Cut Through on 07786926907 to arrange

Design legend Wayne Hemingway is to open the National Open Art Winners’ Exhibition at Pallant House Gallery this Friday (6 December).

 

The co-founder of HemingwayDesign and Red or Dead will officially open National Open Art’s two-week exhibition, which is being held at Pallant House Gallery to celebrate NOA's 20th birthday.

 

Wayne Hemingway said: “The National Open Art Competition is a truly accessible art competition, open to everyone who wants to have a go. And it’s great that it’s celebrating its 20th birthday exhibition in Chichester, where the competition first began.”

 

The National Open Art Competition is one of the country’s leading art competitions. Its exhibition of 35 prizewinning paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, wall hung installations and digital art pieces from leading and emerging contemporary British artists will run between 6 and 18 December.

 

For more information visit www.nationalopenart.org

 

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Image of Wayne Hemingway attached. 

The winning artworks from NOA16 are available to download here. Please credit the artist of any image used.

 

Pallant House Gallery | 9 North Pallant Chichester West Sussex PO19 1TJ

 

Tuesday-Saturday | 10am – 5pm

Thursday | 10am – 8pm

Sunday/Bank Holidays | 11am – 5pm

Mondays | Closed

 

Adults | £10 (£11 with Gift Aid)

Children | £5 (£6 with Gift Aid)

Students | Free

Tuesdays | £5 (£6 with Gift Aid)

Thursday evenings | £5 (£6 with Gift Aid)

www.pallant.org.uk

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20th National Open Art Competition comes home to Chichester


National Open Art, one of the UK’s leading art competitions, is to celebrate its 20th birthday with a two week exhibition in Chichester where the competition first began.

 

The 20th National Open Art Winners’ Exhibition will come to Pallant House Gallery between 6 and 18 December.

 

Retired computer sales executive Juliet Robinson from Loxwood near Horsham was the surprise winner of this year’s competition. Her abstract oil painting Going My Way? will feature alongside 35 prizewinning paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, wall hung installations and digital art pieces.

 

The winning artworks have beaten thousands of entries from across the UK and Ireland. All artworks are judged anonymously by an expert panel which this year includes Vogue’s Robin Muir, Royal Academician David Remfry and the Tate’s Fiona Kingsman.

 

Neil Lawson Baker, chair of NOA, said: “As we celebrate National Open Art’s 20th annual competition it feels wonderful to be coming home to Chichester where we first began. Each year, NOA presents a snapshot of the very best art being produced today. We hope it will inspire everyone who comes to see it.”

 

Other notable winners this year include 20-year-old Lee Simmonds, who was awarded the Best Young Artist Prize for his self-portrait Maybe I’m Wasting My Young Years. The piece in question has just helped him secure a place at Oxford University’s Ruskin School of Art.

 

Chris King won the 20th National Open Art Photography Prize for Ellen and Susan – 76901, an image of his wife’s late-grandparent’s Texan living room.

 

For more information visit www.nationalopenart.org

 

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Images of the winning artworks from NOA16 are available to download here. Please credit the artist of any image used. 


Pallant House Gallery | 9 North Pallant Chichester West Sussex PO19 1TJ

 

Tuesday-Saturday | 10am – 5pm

Thursday | 10am – 8pm

Sunday/Bank Holidays | 11am – 5pm

Mondays | Closed

 

Adults | £10 (£11 with Gift Aid)

Children | £5 (£6 with Gift Aid)

Students | Free

Tuesdays | £5 (£6 with Gift Aid)

Thursday evenings | £5 (£6 with Gift Aid)

www.pallant.org.uk

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Image: Arthur Boothby - Berlin Wall

 

Vogue 100’s Robin Muir curates the 20th National Open Art Exhibition at Mercers’ Hall

 

  • Exhibition of leading contemporary British art comes to the heart of the City

  • NOA’s 20th exhibition to open for free from 27 October to 4 November

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    National Open Art is bringing its 20th Exhibition to the heart of the City this autumn.

     

    Curated by Robin Muir, following his hugely successful curation of the National Portrait Gallery’s Vogue 100 earlier this year, this free exhibition at Mercers’ Hall will feature 160 selected paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, wall hung installations, digital art pieces and short films.

     

    The artworks have been selected by an expert panel, including Robin and Royal Academician David Remfry, from thousands of pieces by the very best professional and amateur artists working today in the UK and Ireland.

     

    More than £50,000 worth of prizes will be awarded to 35 artists, including for the hotly anticipated Best Emerging Artist and Best Young Artist Prizes, when Lord Mervyn Davies opens the exhibition on Thursday, 27 October.

     

    Winners of NOA16’s children’s competition, judged by Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, will also be announced when the exhibition opens.

     

    For more information visit www.nationalopenart.org

     

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    Images of a selection of artworks from NOA16 are available to download here. Please credit the artist of any image used.


    Exhibition address and opening times:

    Mercers' Hall | Ironmonger Lane

    LONDON EC2V 8HE

     

    27 October - 4 November 2016

     

    October | Thu 27 & Fri 28 | 10am - 3pm

    Sat 29 & Sun 30 | 10am - 4pm

    Mon 31 | 10am - 6pm

     

    November | Tue 1 & Wed 2 | 10am - 6pm

    Thu 3 | 10am - 5.30pm Fri 4 | 10am - 6pm

     

    Free Admission

     

    Directions to Mercers' Hall here

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    Moving portrait The Face of Alzheimer's captures the public's imagination and wins the World Art Vote

     

    • Thousands voted for UK artists and chose this touching portrait
    • Kent-based artist painted her father-in-law Stan during daily visits to care home
    • Painting serves as a lasting tribute following Stan’s death
    • Public reaction a “heart filling” moment for the artist
    • Approximately 850,000 cases of dementia reported in the UK in 2015

    The Face of Alzheimer's, an artist’s portrait of her late father-in-law, has won National Open Art’s World Art Vote 2016.

     

    Kent-based artist Vanessa Jayne created the intimate oil painting of her father-in-law Stan Fifield during daily visits to his care home. Sadly, Stan died in September aged 86 but the painting stands as a lasting tribute.

     

    Vanessa, who entered NOA’s competition for the first time this year, says: "I've had lots of messages from people saying how sad yet beautiful they find the painting. It's captured people's imagination, most of us know someone who is affected by Alzheimer's so it really seems to have connected with people. It is such an honour to win the World Art Vote as it's the people's choice, it's everyday people, anyone can vote. It’s a massive confidence boost, it fills my heart to know it has done so well."

     

    More than 18,500 votes were cast in this year’s World Art Vote, with Vanessa beating 585 artworks to win first prize.

     

    The result means The Face of Alzheimer's will be exhibited at NOA’s prestigious Winter Exhibition at Mercers’ Hall in the City of London next month (27 October to 4 November) alongside around 160 artworks selected by NOA’s judging panel.

     

    NOA will reveal the rest of its finalists at the end of September. Around 45 winners will be announced when the exhibition opens in October and more than £50,000 worth of prizes awarded.

     

    For more information about NOA’s Winter Exhibition visit www.nationalopenart.org

     

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    An image of The Face of Alzheimer's plus photos of Stan and Vanessa available to download here.

     

    The NOA Winter Exhibition will take place at Mercers’ Hall between 27 October and 4 November. Admission is free.

     

    The World Art Vote is sponsored by MS Amlin, a global speciality commercial insurer and reinsurer operating in the Lloyd’s, UK, Continental European and Bermudian markets. Wholly owed by MS&AD of Japan and with its origins in the Lloyd’s market, MS Amlin’s successful underwriting formula incorporates a dynamic approach to risk through empowered and skilled professionals and a diverse global portfolio.

     

    Dementia statistic courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Society

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    National Open Art Competition announces shortlist as MS Amlin World Art Vote opens

     

    • Refugees and Brexit feature heavily in shortlisted pieces
    • More than 11,000 votes cast in #worldartvote in the first six days
    • Art lovers have until 29 August to vote for their favourite

    The 20th National Open Art Competition has been overwhelmed by the response to its shortlist after its MS Amlin World Art Vote saw more than 11,000 votes cast in the first six days of voting.

     

    NOA's World Art Vote enables art lovers to decide which shortlisted piece deserves a place in NOA’s prestigious Winter Exhibition, thus avoiding a second round of judging from the competition's panel led by David Remfry, Robin Muir and the Tate’s Fiona Kingsman.

     

    Brexit, the refugee crisis and the death of David Bowie have all proved inspiration for artists on the 585-strong shortlist, which is made up of professionals and amateurs from across the UK and Ireland.

     

    The competition’s mix is eclectic as ever with a part time shepherdess, a full time mum, a painter/decorator and a Labour candidate all making it through the first round. Entrants will remain anonymous until the exhibitors are selected to give all artists as fair a chance as possible.

     

    Neil Lawson Baker, chair of NOA, said: “We’re overwhelmed by the response to this year’s shortlist, thousands of votes have already been cast in the World Art Vote, with weeks of voting left to go. Our 20th competition seems to have really caught people’s imagination.”


    The winner of the MS Amlin World Art Vote will be revealed in September alongside around 150 pieces selected by judges. The final artworks will appear at NOA’s Winter Exhibition at Mercers’ Hall in October where around 35 winners will be announced and £60,000 worth of prizes awarded.

     

    The MS Amlin World Art Vote is open until 29 August. To vote, visit www.nationalopenart.org

     

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    Images of the shortlisted artworks are available to download here.


    The NOA Winter Exhibition will take place at Mercers’ Hall between 27 October and 4 November. Admission is free.

     

    The World Art Vote is sponsored by MS Amlin, a global speciality commercial insurer and reinsurer operating in the Lloyd’s, UK, Continental European and Bermudian markets. Wholly owed by MS&AD of Japan and with its origins in the Lloyd’s market, MS Amlin’s successful underwriting formula incorporates a dynamic approach to risk through empowered and skilled people and a diverse global portfolio.

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    National Open Art: final call for 20th annual competition


    • David Remfry RA, Vogue’s Robin Muir and the Tate’s Fiona Kingsman lead the judging panel.
    • NOA Winter Exhibition to take place in Mercers’ Hall in October
    • New miniatures category announced

     

    Professional and amateur artists have until 10 July to submit work to National Open Art's 20th annual competition.

     

    Royal Academician David Remfry, former Vogue picture editor-turned-curator Robin Muir, the Tate’s Head of Learning, Programme and Resources Fiona Kingsman lead this year’s judging panel.

     

    For the first time, a new miniatures category is being offered alongside categories in painting, drawing, original print, photography, wall hung installation, digital art and moving image. There is a separate children’s competition, judged by celebrated writer and illustrator Chris Riddell.

     

    Each entry is judged anonymously, making the competition one of the most democratic in the UK and Ireland.

     

    This year’s finalists will be exhibited in NOA’s Winter Exhibition at Mercers’ Hall in October where the prizewinners will be announced.

     

    The 500 long-listed entries from this year’s competition will be for sale through NOA’s website and at various exhibitions.

     

    NOA16 is open for entries until midnight on 10 July 2016. Finalists will be announced in September, and the winners revealed on 27 October.

     

    The competition costs £20 per adult entry, £5 per child entry.

     

    For more information visit www.nationalopenart.org

     

     

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    Images of the winning artworks from NOA15 to accompany this release plus images of this year’s judges are available to download here. Please credit the artist of any image used.

    Judge biogs

    Fiona Kingsman, Head of Learning, Programme and Resources

    Fiona has has worked for the Tate Learning department for 10 years, initially at Tate Modern and then as a member of the London cross-site Senior Management team. Fiona is now working on the development of a major new learning programme for Tate.

    David Remfry RA

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    Children’s Laureate announced as National Open Art 2016 Children’s Competition judge


    • Celebrated illustrator Chris Riddell to judge children’s artworks in leading National Open Art competition

    • Winning artworks will appear in prestigious National Open Art 2016 London exhibition at Mercer’s Hall alongside adult finalists

    • Budding artists aged 14 and under can win prizes for themselves and their school’s art department

    Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate and celebrated writer and illustrator Chris Riddell is to judge this year’s National Open Art Children’s Competition.

     

    Budding artists aged 14 and under are encouraged to submit paintings, drawings, prints, illustrations, photographs, wall hung installations, digital art and moving image pieces to the UK’s leading open art competition.

     

    Chris, a former recipient of the Hay Festival Medal for Illustration, whose work includes Goth Girl and The Emperor of Absurdia and is currently shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal for The Sleeper and the Spindle, said: “Judging National Open Art’s Children’s Competition is an exciting prospect. Children are often very creative by nature and there are some incredibly talented young artists out there.

     

    “Anything that encourages and develops this talent is something to be celebrated, and NOA’s competition provides one of the very best opportunities around.”

     

    The children’s competition runs alongside the main National Open Art competition, which celebrates its 20th birthday this year.

     

    NOA will award a first, second and third prize in the children’s competition, consisting of a donation of £2000, £1000 and £500 to the artists’ school art departments plus an individual prize each.

     

    This year’s winning artworks will be exhibited as part of NOA’s prestigious Winter Exhibition at Mercer’s Hall in October, attended by leading names in the arts industry. The children will be presented with their prizes during a private view at the end of October.

     

    NOA16’s Children’s Competition is open until 10 July, 2016. Entry costs £5 per artwork. The winners will be notified in August.

     

    For more information visit www.nationalopenart.org

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    Images to accompany this release are available to download here. Please use the image credits.


    Chris Riddell is Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate and a prolific writer and illustrator whose work is familiar to both children and adults. He is known especially for his distinctive line drawings with their clever caricature, fascinating detail and often enchanting fantasy elements. He has won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal twice. His solo work includes the Goth Girl series, the Ottoline series and the picture books The Emperor of Absurdia and Alienography.  He received the Hay Festival Medal for Illustration at last year’s Hay Festival and was named Waterstones Children's Laureate in June 2015. In addition to his children’s books, Chris is a renowned political cartoonist whose work appears in The Observer, The Literary Review and The New Statesman.

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    CALL FOR ENTRIES 2016

     

    National Open Art reveals its 2016 judges as its 20th annual competition opens

     

  • David Remfry, Robin Muir, the Tate’s Fiona Kingsman amongst this year’s judges
  • New miniatures category announced
  • NOA Winter Exhibition to take place in Mercers’ Hall in October
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    Royal Academician David Remfry, former Vogue picture editor-turned-curator Robin Muir, the Tate’s Head of Learning, Programme and Resources Fiona Kingsman and film makers Sarah Cunliffe and Kathy Oldridge are to judge the 2016 National Open Art Competition.

     

    Professional and amateur artists aged 15 and over can now submit work to the main 2016 competition. For the first time, a new miniatures category is being offered alongside categories in painting, drawing, original print, photography, wall hung installation, digital art and moving image. Each entry is judged anonymously, making the competition one of the most democratic in the UK and Ireland operating today.

     

    Past winners include Kelvin Okafor, Sarah Jane Bellwood, Vaughn Horsman, Jane McAdam Freud and Harry Borden.

     

    Judge David Remfry said: "National Open Art is an important platform for artists and it's wonderful to be involved as a judge in the competition's 20th year. The finalists are always an eclectic mix and a reflection of the impressive talent at work in the UK and Ireland today. I would encourage artists to apply to - it really can make a difference to their careers."

     

    The 2015 competition attracted nearly 4000 entries and awarded around £60,000 in prizes and mentoring opportunities to 35 winning artists. For the second year running, young artists aged 14 and under can also enter as part of the NOA children’s competition.

     

    This year’s finalists will be exhibited in NOA’s Winter Exhibition at Mercers’ Hall in October where the prize winners will be announced. For the second year, people will be able to vote online for their favourite long-listed piece to be included in the Winter Exhibition when NOA16’s World Vote opens in August.

     

    Neil Lawson-Baker, chair of NOA, said: “It is amazing to think the National Open Art Competition has been running for 20 years. We have seen some incredible artists flourish through the competition during this time and I have every hope that this year’s competition will be the most inspiring and thought-provoking yet.”

     

    The 500 long-listed entries from this year’s competition will be for sale through NOA’s website and at various exhibitions.

     

    NOA16 is open for entries from 1 March until midnight on 10 July 2016. Finalists will be announced in September, and the winners revealed on 27 October. Entry costs £20 per adult entry, £5 per child entry.

     

    For more information visit www.thenationalopenartcompetition.com.

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    Holly Zandbergen Exhibition

     

    The Graham Hunter Gallery, Baker Street, London, is delighted to present Holly Zandbergen “The River Series” her first solo exhibition, 15 March - 13 April 2016.

     

    Holly Zandbergen made a real splash at last year’s National Open Art Competition when she won the NOA15 Best Young Artist's Award. She is an exciting artist, attracting much attention from galleries and collectors.

     

    The Graham Hunter Gallery, 81 Baker Street, London, W1U 6RO.

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