ArtSway Open 2010 brings together national and international artists, displaying the highest quality contemporary visual art in a wide range of media, and covering a broad variety of themes and ideas.
Applications for ArtSway’s annual Open are accepted from artists of all levels, from all stages of their career, working across all disciples. The Open aims to reflect the range of activity artists use today. ArtSway carefully considers the idea of placing no restrictions on content or choice of media, and artists are encouraged to enter examples that best reflects their current practice and direction. This year ArtSway received over 400 entries for the Open, with 17 artists being selected for exhibition. The eventual winner, announced on Saturday 15 January 2011, will receive a prize of a solo exhibition at ArtSway in 2011, with full curatorial, mentoring and marketing support for their exhibition.
The winner of Open ‘09 was London-based painter Dolly Thompsett. Her solo exhibition, New Paintings, ended at ArtSway on 7 November 2010. Dolly was also one of three members on this year’s selection panel, along with ArtSway’s Curator Peter Bonnell and Judy Adam, former Visual Arts Co-ordinator at Salisbury Arts Centre. Previous winners include Laura Green and Benjamin Beker, who have both used the accolade of Open winner to great advantage in the subsequent development of their careers.