Arts in the Tawe Valley’s annual art competition begins on 2nd March from 7pm – 10pm at the Oriel Lliw Gallery in the Pontardawe Arts Centre when the public voting begins. You have until the 6th April to view the work and vote for your favourite pieces. On the 6th April the judges will be voting and prizes for all the winners will be awarded. The exhibition runs until 23rd April.
Judges this year are:
Rose Davies AKA Rosie Scibblah – “artist, scribbler, printmaker, blogger, headbanger, cakemaker, mudwrangler, madcatwoman, wild, Welsh and opinionated. Graduating from Art College at the end of the 70’s, I survived punk, post-modernism and the rise of Thatcherism with my belief in traditional art values and particularly drawing, intact. Majoring in printmaking, I continued to draw after leaving college, but like many other struggling young artists at that time, I developed a secondary career, spending years working with severely damaged and excluded people, which has had a profound influence on my art.”
Peter Finnemore, Is an artist working within photographic art, multi media installation and video. He has represented Wales in the Venice Bienale and won accolades in the National Eisteddfod. His work is in public and private collections in Wales, Scotland, England, Belgium and the USA. He is artist, lecturer, visiting professor and all round ‘good guy’.
John Abel – John is a prolific painter and print maker ‘My aim through work is to represent human feeling as honestly as I can with no intellectual mediation, in an effort to understand myself.’ Abell was born in Cardiff in 1986 and graduated from Camberwell college of art + design in 2009. He has exhibited widely and his prints + publications are included in museums, libraries + national collections worldwide, including the Victoria & Albert museum, National Museum of wales, the British Museum, the National Library of Australia, the National Library of Canada and Columbia University library, new york. We are very happy to welcome him!
Below is a gallery of the work in the competition. Drop by Oriel Lliw and vote for your favourite. Photos by Sandeha Lynch.
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