Wells Art Contemporary winners announced
THE winners have been announced for this year’s Wells Art Contemporary competition.
The judges, led by curator Roy Ackerman and Richard Wentworth, who is head of the sculpture department at the Royal College of Art, had a difficult time selecting the prize winners.
The first prize went to Dominic Bradnum for a piece entitled Cry for Help 2.
This work is dark and brooding with an almost neon-like central motif.
Dominic wins a ten-day solo exhibition at the 45 Park Lane Hotel in London.
The second prize of £1,000 went to Ros Ford for her large, evocative etching titled Parcel Force.
Ros is based in Bristol at the PVStudios.
Third prize of £500 was awarded to a three-dimensional piece by Chris Dunseath.
When presenting the prizes the judges praised the quality and breadth of the exhibits and Mr Wentworth gave some illuminating insights into both the nature of contemporary art and the difficulty of the judging process.
An exhibition of the finalists is currently on display at the Wells and Mendip Museum.
The exhibition is arranged over two rooms in the museum as well as sculpture on view outside.
An interesting, well-crafted metal gate that is also a sundial sits on the grass alongside a stone sculpture of two tigers playing, carved in a wonderfully textured local hamstone by Pippa Unwin.
The work of Wells artist Niggy Dowler is represented by a jewel-like painting of plums on a decorative plate.
There is also a gallery of the work of last year’s winner Frances Borden, who described her experience of winning WAC 2012 as “life-changing”. The exhibition is on until October 19.