The five selectors worked hard to choose what they consider to be the most original and engaging work from hundreds of entries from all over the world. Twenty-six artists and artist collectives are represented with a good proportion from those based in Wales. Together, these artists present new and recent work that reflects the diversity of contemporary practice - whether abstract or figurative, representational or imagined.
Three awards are part of the Oriel Davies Open tradition. The overall prizewinner receives a cash prize of £1000 and an invitation to have a solo show at Oriel Davies and a student prize winner receives a cash prize of £500; both of these will be announced at the opening. There is also the popular People’s Choice award of £250 presented at the end of the show to the artist whose work receives the most votes. Please come and nominate the work you think should win!
ODO18 Selectors: Sacha Craddock, writer and curator; Jane Simpson, artist and Director Galerie Simpson; Matthew Collings, Artist, Writer, critic and broadcaster; Steffan Jones-Hughes, Director, Oriel Davies and Alex Boyd Jones Curator, Oriel Davies.
Alice Briggs, Savinder Bual, Nicola Dale, Shona Davies, Katharine Fry, David Garner, Henriette Heimdal, Nicholas Holmes, Bruce Ingram, Cecile Johnson Soliz, Jack Kettlewell, Jon Klein, Dinu Li, Bethan Lloyd Worthington, Gweni Llwyd, Amanda Loomes, Garry Loughlin, Rachel Magdeburg, Myles Mansfield, Myken McDowell, Nicholas McLeod, Dave Monaghan, J.A. Nicholls, Judith Rees, Lizi Sanchez, Louise Short, Nada Velickovic, Alice Walter.