Open Art Exhibition – Sea and Coast at Storiel

Date: 30/04/2018
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This year has been designated the ‘Year of the Sea’, and Storiel is offering several exhibitions exploring this theme.

One of the exhibitions is the annual Open Art Exhibition. Open Art is an annual exhibition which is open to artists over the age of 16 who live and work in Wales.

The theme this year is ‘Sea and Coast.’ Artwork could be submitted in any media, painting, drawing, photography, textile, wood, clay and in any 2D and 3D format within a given size. Of the large number of items submitted, 73 diverse works have been selected for the public to enjoy.

The Selector’s Prize this year was awarded to Helen Dolling for her ‘Skeletal Beach Wrecks’ created from felted unspun wool. Seven other works were also commended, which ranged from the use of acrylic, oil and mixed medium to ceramic, print and photographs. 

Helen said: “I am a self-taught artist who dabbles in many media but has a leaning towards the textural. 

“I work predominantly on local scenes, my preference being seascapes. Inspired by Anglesey's light, and specifically the way the sky, sea and land interact, I create 'paintings' in wool by layering unspun coloured wools and felting them using a barbed needle.” 

Helen was presented with the award at the official opening night at Storiel. After viewing the exhibition there will be an opportunity to vote for your favourite piece, which will then be eligible for the People’s Choice prize. This prize, donated by Friends of Storiel, will be awarded to the piece of work which received the most votes by the end of the exhibition. Voting ends on Saturday 9 June.

The Open Art Exhibition will be open until 23 June at Storiel, Bangor. Storiel is open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm.