New Fringe Open Art Exhibition: Open for View!
Nick Stopforth, Doncaster Council’s Head of Libraries and Culture, shares his experience judging the New Fringe Open Art Exhibition in Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery.
I was delighted to be asked by the Chair of the New Fringe arts collective, Martin Pick, to join Janet Buckle in judging this year’s New Fringe Open Art Exhibition.
The exhibition has 85 artworks on display, hosted by Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery. At the launch event on Saturday, Janet and I met beforehand, to review the works on display.
We knew that it was going to be a tall order to choose a winner from such a wide range of media, and with some really excellent works of art on display by local artists. We enjoyed taking in ceramics, abstract paintings, portraits and landscapes, textiles and works of creative design.
We looked for work which really conveyed the artist’s passion for their subject, not just their technical ability.
All in all it was an excellent event, and a strong exhibition promoting the local artistic talent in the borough.
I hope that readers of the Heritage Doncaster blog are able to call in to the Museum and Art Gallery on Chequer Road and take a look – perhaps you would choose different winners!
In any event you can cast your vote for the winner of the ‘People’s Prize’, to be announced when the exhibition closes on 29 July. A retrospective exhibition of the work of Janet Buckle is also on show in the adjacent gallery.
Clive by Helen Fischer
Negred, Albedo and Rubedo, Paris by Andy Lynch
Tamara of Sanchaj by Karina Jacenko
View from the Studio, Nocturne by Andrew Farmer