Artists snap up prizes at Honiton gallery’s Open 2016

PUBLISHED: 17:30 11 June 2016

L to R : Christopher Hampton (MD Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood), Angela Blackwell (THG curator), Frances Hatch (overall winner) and Ruth Carter (winning emerging artist)

L to R : Christopher Hampton (MD Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood), Angela Blackwell (THG curator), Frances Hatch (overall winner) and Ruth Carter (winning emerging artist)

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Out of a record-breaking 185 entries, 93 artworks were chosen to be exhibited at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery.

Honiton’s Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) has opened its popular summer exhibition - the THG Open 2016 - to the public.

Out of a record-breaking 185 entries, 93 artworks were chosen to be exhibited at the gallery.

All the finalists’ artworks are now on show at THG, where the prize winners were announced at the exhibition opening.

The main prize of £750 was awarded to Frances Hatch for ‘3 red Canoes Southbeach’.

The best emerging artist prize of £250, awarded to an artist who either graduated in the last three years or is under 25 years old, was won by Ruth Carter for her artwork ‘Re-place’.

The exhibition was opened by Christopher Hampton, managing director of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood auctioneers, sponsors of the main prize.

He said: “We are honoured to be sponsoring this prize and encouraging the many talented artists living and working in the South West.”

This year’s selection panel was made up of Tim Woolgar, owner of Hybrid Galley, Daniel Goddard, head of the picture department at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood auctioneers, Janet Sainsbury, a Devon-based artist, and Octavia Madden, a member of the THG youth group Masterpieces and THG’s curator Angela Blackwell.

Angela said: “We are thrilled to have doubled the number of entries this year, which has meant we could showcase more of the region’s artists.

“All the artworks are for sale and THG is now part of the Own Art scheme, so visitors can pay for an artwork in interest-free instalments, too.

“Don’t forget to come and vote for your favourite artwork. The artist with the most votes will win the Visitors’ Choice prize.”

The THG Open 2016 runs until August 27. The gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday, between 10am and 5pm. For co-ordinating activities and summer holiday workshops, visit www.thelmahulbert.com


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