Pictured from left: Neil Lawson-Baker (Chairman of the Competition), Grayson Perry, Joy Wolfenden-Brown (Towry award for Best in Show) and Andrew Fisher (Towry chief executive); photo credit Ginny Jory
The Towry prize for Best in Show has been awarded at the start of a week-long London exhibition of The National Open Art Competition, which was officially opened last night (Thursday 25th October) by renowned English artist Grayson Perry.
In front of some 250 invited guests at the Princes Drawing School Gallery in Hoxton, Towry chief executive, Andrew Fisher presented Joy Wolfenden-Brown from Cornwall with a £10,000 cheque for her winning entry, an oil painting entitled The Lacemaker.
The competition, which is sponsored by Towry, is in its sixteenth year and has gone from strength to strength with a record number of over 2,100 entrants taking part in 2012.
Joy Wolfenden-Brown commented:
“To have won the 2012 Towry prize in the face of over 2,000 quality entries from across the UK is an incredible honour. I would like to thank the judges for bestowing such a prestigious award upon me, and for Towry for their extremely generous prize, one of the largest offered in the country.”
Other prizes awarded during the evening included:
– The NOAC award of £2,000 was awarded to Holly Frean for her entry Woman and Cat, after Gwen John’s Young Woman Holding a Black Cat of 1920
– The Towry award for the Best from London was awarded to Anna Gardiner for her entry Red Fence
– The Towry and the Pixel Gallery Photographic Awards were awarded to Jane Morgan and John Wolstenholme
Judges for the panel included some of the most distinguished experts from the art world; with Francis Hodgson (photography critic, Financial Times); Gus Casely-Hayford (executive director of arts strategy at Arts Council England) and Andrew Stahl (director of undergraduate painting at UCL Slade School of Fine Art) amongst those making the decisions.
Andrew Fisher, chief executive, Towry, commented:
“The quality of entries in The National Open Art Competition 2012 is extremely high and gave the judges a very difficult challenge. We would like to extend our sincere congratulations from all at Towry to Joy Wolfenden-Brown on winning this year’s Towry prize.
Art is not our business but, like the artists involved in the competition, we strive to be leaders in our field.
We share the organiser’s ambition to inspire artists, both emerging and established, and widen the public’s understanding of art”.