Winning artists at STORIEL, Bangor annual Open Art exhibition

Date: 18/05/2017

Once again this year an excellent response was had for the annual Open Art exhibition at STORIEL with an interesting and varied range of artworks filling the gallery walls.

 The Selector’s Choice prize was awarded to two paintings in oil by Iorwen James.  Born in Merionethshire and a graduate of Swansea college of art Iorwen James designed costumes for the Welsh National Theatre in the early 1980’s. She also worked  in film and Television and was awarded a BAFTA Cymru in 1999. Since then she has been painting full time and has exhibited extensively in Wales, Scotland and Ireland .

 As the exhibition draws to a close, it has been announced that the winner of the work receiving the most public votes during this year’s exhibition was Caren Morys. She wins the People’s Choice Prize 2017 of £100, donated by the Friends of STORIEL, for her triptych of dormice, small oil paintings made on birchwood panels, ‘The Snoozles’ (Y Cysglydion).

 Caren Morys is inspired by nature, mythology and folklore, and is particularly interested in animal symbolism and fairytales.

 She says, “I like the more dramatic quality that I am able to offer in my larger works, but with this year's Storiel Open Exhibition entry, I went in the opposite direction. I wanted to draw them in to have a closer look, to create something small, intimate, and gem-like. The result was 'The Snoozles', a triptych of dormice, with their nests gilded in pure gold leaf to invoke a feeling of warmth and comfort.  I'm so happy that they won the People's Choice Prize, and hope that as many people enjoyed viewing them as I enjoyed making them.”

 The exhibition closes at STORIEL on Saturday, 20 May 2017. Details for the 2018 Storiel Open Art will be available soon on the website: or by emailing:    storiel@gwynedd.llyw.cym