Winter Exhibition 20/21 Award Winners

When we launched our first online exhibition last year, I expected a few entries from friends and family and perhaps a few others… what actually happened was hundreds of entries from all around the world! I was blown away by the quantity, but more importantly, by the quality of the work that was submitted. I also really appreciated the diversity, both in the artists exhibiting, and in the medium of their work. 

As I curated the exhibition, focusing on the overall theme of “hope”, four thematic strains began to emerge; connection between people and community, an affinity with nature, resilience, and the future. 


In the year the Covid pandemic hit the world, all four of these things seem poignant, and for me their presence in the exhibition, and indeed in all our lives, were and are essential. 

Within the exhibition you are able to virtually walk through 8 rooms, each carefully curated to gently highlight these aspects. Each room provides a different atmosphere, some filled with light, some with bursts of vivid colour, others are quieter but showcasing fine details, another is dotted with peaceful symbolism. If you haven’t had a chance to browse the exhibition, you can do so here, and feel free to let me know what you think. 

Awards

Let’s move onto the awards.  

We have 5 awards to offer for this exhibition

– Curator’s Choice Gold Award.
The recipient is invited to have a solo exhibition with us

– Silver Award for Fine Art 

The recipient will be invited to showcase their work as one of our featured artists 

– Bronze Award for Art & Design

The recipient will be invited to showcase their work as one of our featured artists 

– OSCA Photographic Award
Recipient will be invited to have a mini solo exhibition with us

– OSCA Rising Star Awards for Excellence in Children’s Art 
Children will receive a prize of art supplies to continue their creative journeys 

 

Winners...

The winners of the Autumn/Winter 2020 Exhibition are:

 

– Curator’s Choice Gold Award: ALBERTO LAGO for Open Mind

– Silver Award for Fine Art: LEAH JEWITT for Unity

– Bronze Award for Art & Design: SUE GIBLETT for Beauty in Winter

 

– OSCA Photographic Award: JAKE (10) for Sailing on Sunlight

– OSCA Rising Star Awards for Excellence in Children’s Art: MEGAN DUNN (10) & ELLA (10) & POPPY (8)

A massive congratulations to all our award winners, and a huge thank you to all of our wonderful exhibitors – you truly made this what it was!

I hope you will submit again to our Spring exhibition! 

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Katherine is a mixed media artist, art teacher, writer, designer, photographer – and mum of 2 – who works and lives in North Devon, nestled in the woods on a little smallholding. She has a BA in Performance Studies, an MA in Fine Art, and an MFA in photography, alongside a background in early years childhood and special education. Katherine uses her artistic talents, passion for helping people, and unique creativity to create articles, courses and classes that promote creativity, artistic skills, self expression and well-being. She believes in the power of the creative arts and how engaging with them can improve so many aspects of life.
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