Report by Faye Claridge, web producer
The third Annual Open Exhibition at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum opened on 13 November at a really well-attended and lively private view.
The event was a great success with a creative hum of artists meeting each other and discussing their work and the exhibition.
Crowds at the private view
There were lots of new faces in the gallery this year as many artists have entered for the first time and it was obvious that they were delighted to be included in the exhibition.
The exhibition continues until Sunday 18 January 2004 and is a great way of catching up with the artistic activity in the area.
Gallery of artwork
We have a selection of great pictures from the exhibition's opening event, showing the artwork and some of the artists involved.
Click the images button below to see them.
The selection process
The artwork was selected by a panel of judges including artist John Myers, gallery exhibitions officer Nikki Grange, Ken Hughes of Rugby Craft Association and members of the Borough Council’s Picture Selection Working Party.
Artist John Myers said: “We had an interesting and wide range of artwork to choose from. The selected work – I hope – will ask the viewer questions about the act of looking, the process of making and the complexity of interpretation.”
Winning artist Ann Brain, who also has a web profile
The judges had a hard time picking a winner from such a broad and high-quality range of work, but they finally decided on the following winners:
RADFAS Rugby Open Painting Award
The Rod Waspe Drawing Award
The Andrew Varah Craft Prize
Winning artwork by Nigel Fuller
We were delighted that two of the winners already have online galleries on the BBC Coventry and warwickshire website.
To see a gallery of their work and to find out more about the artists, follow the Bruno Cavellec and Ann Brain links to their online profiles.
We provide profiles like these for selected artists with a Coventry and Warwickshire connection. To apply, just email us for details using this link.
Visitors can also vote for their favourite artwork in the show. The most popular work will be awarded the People's Choice Prize of £100.
Many of the artworks are also be for sale providing the opportunity to buy unique Christmas gifts.
The exhibition is on at the Rugby Art Gallery until Sunday, 18 January 2004.
The gallery is open Tuesday - Sunday. Call them on 01788 533201 or follow their website link on the left for more information.
Rugby art scene
Follow the links on the left for more about the arts in Rugby.
We have featured a number of Rugby artists in our profiles section, showcasing local talent in online galleries.
Follow this profiles link to explore their work.