Winners announced for the Grosvenor Museum's 13th Open Art exhibition

16 May 2019

The Grosvenor Museum’s 13th Open Art Exhibition presents the best in contemporary art from the region.  

The show, which runs until 18 September, provides a diverse and stimulating exhibition for the public, vividly demonstrating the great wealth of artistic talent in the area.  With 203 exhibits by 162 artists, the exhibition presents a kaleidoscope of colours and styles, a wide range of techniques and materials, and a rich variety of subjects and moods.  There will definitely be things you will love, and maybe a few you will hate:  come and vote for your favourite.

Visitors to the exhibition are invited to vote for their favourite work, and the Visitors’ Choice will win £100.  Visitors will also be able to purchase an original work of art, since most of the exhibits are for sale.

Three prizes have been awarded.  The First Prize of £1,000 goes to Helen Clapcott of Macclesfield for her tempera painting ‘East: The Last of Portwood Mills’.  Helen said:  “Looking east over Stockport are the remains of the Portwood Mills.  For forty years I’ve been painting and drawing on location in Stockport.  The dog, alone in the morning light, caged with a tyre mountain; and the football game – where there’s a mill there’s a match – have featured regularly in my work". 

The Second Prize of £500 has been won by Pauline Parsons of Crewe for her fired stoneware sculpture ‘Defined by Garments’.  The artist said:  “An interest in the human form, together with existential themes, has been the inspiration for much of my work.  This sculpture was prompted by the transitioning of my nineteen year old grandson, who was brought up as a girl for the first half of his life.  I wanted to convey a boy’s newly found confidence in becoming who he really is.” 

The Third Prize of £250 has been awarded to John O’Loughlin of Chester for ‘Clouds over the Sea 22.04.19’, a work in cotton thread and graphite on canvas.  John explained:  “I have attempted to portray the quiet beauty and immense power of the sea and sky.  I used geometry, repetition and subtle variations in colour to evoke a sense of endless space, rolling waves, passing clouds, and the harmony that exists between nature’s elements.  I drew the lines with cotton thread, which softens the hard geometry and affords the piece a three-dimensional quality.  The white canvas, visible between the threads, creates a sense of lightness and luminance.”

Also highly commended were Alan Edwards of Bebington, Stefan Kiracj of Leeds, David Lawton of Chester, Julia Midgley of Hartford, Helen Pearse of Manchester, Anita Reid of Stanney Oaks, and Thelma K Sykes of Saughall.

The museum’s programme of accompanying adult events includes:
  • Tuesday 3 September, ‘The Constant Flux: New Thrills in Contemporary Art’ lecture by Adrian Sumner
There is also a programme of family activities at the museum:
  • Tuesday 28 May, Silly Storybooks
  • Thursday 30 May, Cupcakes!
  • Tuesday 30 July, Lion Masks
  • Wednesday 31 July, Make a Rainbow
  • Thursday 1 August, Make your own Masterpiece
  • Tuesday 6 August, Hobby Horses
  • Wednesday 7 August, Race Day Hats
  • Wednesday 14 August, Shiny Beetle Bags
  • Tuesday 20 August, Coats of Arms
  • Wednesday 21 August, Family Photographs
  • Thursday 22 August, 3D Family Tree
  • Tuesday 27 August, Sustainable Living
  • Wednesday 28 August, Miniature Gardens
  • Thursday 29 August, Rainforest Animals 
‘The Grosvenor Museum’s 13th Open Art Exhibition’ was selected by Associate Professor Bernadine Murray, Head of the Department of Art & Design at the University of Chester; John Whitehill, artist; and Peter Boughton, Keeper of Art, West Cheshire Museums.  It was opened by Helen Legg, Director, Tate Liverpool.    

The Grosvenor Museum is open Monday – Saturday 10.30am-5pm and Sunday 1pm-4pm, admission free, donations welcome.


Helen Clapcott, winner of the 1st prize, with Helen Legg


Pauline Parsons, winner of the 2nd prize, with Helen Legg


Helen Legg with John O’Loughlin, winner of the 3rd prize

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