The Exhibition comprises of artworks in a wide variety of media and subject matter selected from open submission. Amateur and professional artists, aged 18 and over, were invited to enter the competition, sponsored by Caerphilly Town Council, with the aim of not only enhancing the town's artistic reputation but also to provide a platform to showcase the diverse range of welsh talent.
The event, at Y Galeri, attracted almost 300 two and three dimensional entries from artists across South Wales who were given free creative rein over the work they submitted. Following submission, 134 artworks were selected by a panel of three judges: Former MP Kim Howells, better known for his political career but also a talented artist in his own right. Artist Chris Griffin renowned for his vibrant red paintings inspired by the Welsh Valleys and multi-media artist Wendy Henley whose work is often spotted outdoors in public spaces across the UK.
Important factors for the judges when making their selection included originality, technique and emotional impact. The panel was instructed to select artworks to form a diverse exhibition so their task was a challenging one. The three winning entries will be announced and prizes of £500, £250 & £100 will be awarded by Town Mayor Cllr Colin Elsbury at a presentation event on Friday 31st January. In addition to winning cash prizes the three artists will be offered exhibition space in Y Galeri during 2014. Visitors to the gallery will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite artwork and a prize of £50 will be awarded to the artist whose artwork receives the most votes.
The exhibition is an exciting kick start to Y Galeri’s 2014 programme and with artworks starting at £45 the show provides an affordable opportunity for those looking to purchase an original artwork. The Exhibition will continue until 8th February.