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Powys SY16 2NZ
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PRESS RELEASE: Oriel Davies Open 2014 Prizewinners Announced

John Lawrence, Fuxing TV Writers (film still)

23 / 04 / 14

PRESS RELEASE

Oriel Davies Open 2014 Prizewinners Announced

Oriel Davies are delighted to announce the two prize-winners of the 2014 Oriel Davies Open exhibition.

The main prizewinner received a £1000 prize and a solo show in the future, student prizewinner received £500.

"It is so fantastic to have so many talented artists enter the Open every year and especially pleasing to award prizes this year to two excellent artists whose work I have newly been introduced to" Alex Boyd Jones, Curator

John Lawrence is currently based in London. His work mines a world of popular culture, imagery and film footage from vast array of sources where he then makes connections, reinvigorating them for reappraisal. He works across a range of media from films to radio plays, installations to cast objects. Over the past 5 years he has exhibited in London, Bristol, New York, Helsinki and Milan and received awards such as the Merrell Book Prize for Writing and the Landseer Award.

Ruaidhri Ryanis currently based in London studying for an MA at Slade School of Fine Art having graduated previously from Bath Spa University. He states about his practice, "Used sentence-to-sentence, a desire to be cool has been a nagging pressure. Art is cool, so are; film cameras, mints, iPhones, trainers, glasses, coffee (especially flat white). Things that used to be cool are; moustaches, skateboarding, MySpace. Popularity is cool. Images are strong and fllimsy. Once decided we begin to construct an image for ourselves with environmental changes like clothes and hair and accessories, knowledge and smoking.

Oriel Davies Open 2014 prizes were selected by the Open 2014 selection committee: Deirdre Figueiredo (Director, Craftspace), Helen Legg (Director, Spike Island), Anthony Shapland (Artist and Co-Director, g39) and Alex Boyd Jones (Curator, Oriel Davies). In addition, audiences are invited to vote for their favourite work in the People’s Choice Prize which will be announced after the show closes in early July. A prize of £250 will be awarded to the artist whose work receives the most votes. Kindly sponsored by Newtown Station Travel.

Oriel Davies Open 2014 exhibition is showing now until 18 June 2014. A full list of all selected artists is below:
 
Caroline Allen, Kay Bainbridge, Jenny Baines, Kelly Best, Richard Bowers, Sasha Bowles, Jessie Brennan, Rachel Busby, Jane Cairns, Agnes Calf, Robert Cervera, David Cushway, Hannah Downing, Nisha Duggal, James Epps, Bob Gelsthorpe, Anne Gibbs, Thomas Goddard, Alastair John Gordon, Nigel Grimmer, Richard Higlett, Kathryn Hinton, Jim Howieson, Sarah Hughes, Shaun James, Neil Jones, Bernadette Kerrigan, Jin Eui Kim, John Lawrence, Sharon Leahy-Clark, Lawrence Leaman, Hywel Livingstone, Rosanna Martin, Eva Masterman, Guy Mayman, Neil McNally, Jackie Morris, Conrad Pack, Bharti Parmar, Susan Phillips, Nicole Polonsky, Chris Poolman & Elizabeth Rowe, Sara Rees, Ruaidhri Ryan, Abigail Sidebotham, Howard Silverman, Rebecca Sitar, Kristian Smith, Helen Snell, Josephine Sowden, André Stitt, Joan Sugrue, David Theobald, Charlie Godet Thomas, Clare Thornton, Alana Tyson, Paul Westcombe, Hanne Westergaard, Gwyn Williams, Maarten van den Bos.
 
 
Editors notes:
1. Oriel Davies Open 2014 has received sponsorship from Imprint, Newtown towards the printing of the entry forms and Newtown Station Travel for The People’s Choice prize.
2. Maarten van den Bos, Josephine Sowden (Wales) and Agnes Calf were in Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition in 2013: Josephine Sowden was awarded Gold Medal for Fine Art at National Eisteddfod of Wales: Anne Gibbs was awarded Gold Medal for Craft & Design at National Eisteddfod of Wales 2012.
3. Oriel Davies exhibition opening times: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm, closed on Sundays.
4. Oriel Davies is an independent public art gallery based in Mid Wales. The Gallery organises and tours innovative exhibitions featuring artists from Wales, other parts of the UK and internationally, and provides an extensive art education programme. Oriel Davies is a Registered Charity no: 1034890 and is revenue funded by the Arts Council of Wales and Powys County Council.
5. Further information and press images: Alex Boyd Jones, Curator 01686 625041, or email: alex@orieldavies.org Oriel Davies, The Park, Newtown, Powys, SY15 6UR

Published 28 April 2014
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