December 10 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 27, 2013
A team of judges from different artistic backgrounds spent hours yesterday pouring over nearly 600 art works from the east of England.
Judging was taking place at the King’s Lynn Arts Centre for the 44th Eastern Open competition which sees entries from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
The competition is open to any artist provided the work is two dimensional and fits the size limit.
This year’s competition saw 579 entries from 287 artists and it is the judges task to select around 100 works to go on display at the Art Centre as well as the winners of eight cash prizes.
Liz Falconbridge, director of the Arts Centre Trust, said: “I do love the competition there is a really great feel good factor about it.
“Every year is always different. A lot depends upon the judges, who do this for absolutely nothing.
“The judges are different each year and they are always important people in the art world.
“When artists ask me what sort of things do well in the competition there is no answer as it changes every year.
“These people put their lives into this, they have taste and they are academics. They are not just picking a painting they like.
“We choose judges from out of the area so that hopefully there won’t be any artists they recognise. They don’t know anything about these works they are judging them on their impact.”
Two out of three judges had to like a work for it to be accepted for the exhibition and it took a full days work to go through all the entries.
Judge Daniel Sturgis, who is programme director of fine art at Camberwell College of Arts, said: “We look for works which show ambition. I think it has to be done with confidence and achieve what it is aiming to.”
Joining Mr Sturgis on the judging panel were artist Vicken Parsons and Kate Farrell, curator of special exhibitions at The Lowry.
Lynn artist Ludmilla Prohorova, 30, volunteers at the arts centre and was nervously waiting outside to see how her work would fare.
She said: “I’m very nervous. I work with oil paints and I have entered to works which are of flower bouquets.
“I didn’t know about the competition until recently but it is really good to show what I am doing.”
The Eastern Open 2013 exhibition will be held at King’s Lynn Arts Centre from Saturday, October 12, until Saturday, November 30.