The Old Parcels Office art gallery in Scarborough has announced the winners of its first open exhibition
Among the initial shortlist of six works, the overall winner of the Yorkshire Coast Destination Bid Art Prize is the pencil, charcoal and chalk drawing Silent Vessel – Out Newton by Humberside-based artist Marc Appleton.
Marc uses drawing and photography to create a contemporary vision of contemplative moments and places of solitude in the landscape.
After hearing the news, Marc said, “The first open art exhibition provided a fantastic opportunity for local artists to show their work in a setting that I found intriguing and challenging, but also complementary to my work.
I was very surprised and grateful to be shortlisted, let alone selected as the winner of the OPO Open Yorkshire Coast Destination Art Prize. It is an honor to have my work featured among all the other great works.
In contrast, the winner of the Visitors’ Choice award goes to Scarborough-based artist and designer Sue Wood for her cheerful textile artwork Sunset over the Castle.
The Hawthorne Print Prize was awarded to Graham Firth for one of his humorous prints.
Sue said: ‘When the Old Parcels Office called for entries for its first open art exhibition I was keen to submit examples of my work as it is such an exciting and contemporary art space.
“I was thrilled that Sunset over the Castle, an artwork created by layering mixed textiles, with free machine embroidery, needle felting and appliqués, naïve in style but evocative of happy nostalgic seaside holidays, has been accepted.
So to be awarded the Visitors’ Choice is incredible. I’m totally overwhelmed, so thank you to everyone who enjoyed seeing the exciting and eclectic artwork in this exhibit but chose to vote for mine.
The Old Parcels Office exhibition attracted over 150 submissions from artists across the UK and attracted over 600 visitors.