The Mostyn Open Exhibition and Prize returns for 2011 following the Llandudno gallery's recent extensive refurbishment and extension. The exhibition will open to the public tomorrow, but not before the winning artist and recipient of the £10,000 prize is announced at the exhibition's private launch this evening.
The Mostyn Open has run from 1989, and has been the launch pad of many an artistic career. This year the open features the work of 49 artists, who were selected by the judging panel from over 1,000 submissions. Most of the selected artists are based in the UK, including 10 from Wales, with a handful from elsewhere in Europe.
Susan Adams, Receiver, 2011
Jo Longhurst, The Refusal (Part 1), 2008
This year's exhibition and prize is the first re-introduction since the last, held in 2006. It will continue biennially in the future.
The artists were selected by the three-strong panel: artist Richard Wentworth, Professor of Sculpture at the Royal College of Art; Karen MacKinnon, Exhibitions Curator at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea and Anders Pleass, Head of Exhibitions at Mostyn.
There's a whole range of artistic media on show at this year's exhibition, including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, graffiti and video, showcasing some of the most exciting and diverse contemporary art of the moment.
Rob Miller, Breath of God, 2010
Steph Goodger, Pandemonium, The Evil Pouches 2009-10.
All images are courtesy of the respective artists, and provided by Mostyn
The Mostyn Open runs from Saturday 21 May until Saturday 9 July 2011. Visit the Mostyn website for more information on their current and upcoming exhibitions, and for more on the Mostyn Open.