The 18th National Open Art Competition prize winners have been announced
25 September 2014
The National Open Art Competition announced their awards yesterday evening at a private awards ceremony, opened by Director of the Somerset House Trust, Jonathan Reekie CBE. Mackie was awarded the Towry Award for the Best Work in 2014 and was presented with the £10,000 top prize. John Jones printing and framing client, and internationally renowned photographer, Marcus Lyon, was also awarded The Crown Fine Art Award of £3,000.
Both Marcus Lyon’s photography and Mackie’s award winning oil paintings will be on display alongside the other prizewinning and shortlisted works at London’s prestigious arts and culture venue, Somerset House, until 25 October 2014, before touring.
Sponsored by Towry, the Wealth Adviser, NOA is a premier open art competition in the UK, awarding over £60K in prize money this year – more than any other competition in the UK. Now in its 18th year, its main aim is to nurture artistic talent and provide a fair and open platform for young, emerging and professional artists to exhibit, sell and promote their work. A distinguished panel comprising Norman Ackroyd RA, Printmaker; Vanessa Branson, Founder Marrakech Biennale; Caroline Irby, Photographer; and Chris Orr RA, Printmaker and Draughtsman, judged the record number of works submitted for the competition this year.
NOA Vice President and internationally acclaimed artist, Gavin Turk, officially opened the exhibition on 18 September 2014, coinciding with the installation of his sculpture ‘Port’ situated in the entrance of the NOA exhibition at Embankment Galleries East, South Wing, Somerset House.
After Somerset House the exhibition will tour to Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (2 – 14 December 2014) where the winning works will be shown alongside its extensive collection of Modern British Art. This will be followed by an exhibition of all works at the Minerva Festival Theatre, Chichester (17 December 2014 – 4 January 2015). The best works on paper will be exhibited at The Works on Paper Fair (5 – 8 February 2015) at The Science Museum.
For more information on the award please click here.
John Jones is delighted to collaborate on a forthcoming pop-up exhibition of TIMEOUT and EXODUS by Marcus Lyon at 101, West Wing, Somerset House from 24th October 2014. More information coming soon.