Well, although I’ve really neglected my website because of overall busy-ness over the summer, I’m very chuffed to say that “Happy As …” was awarded “Runner Up – Best in Show” at the 2013 UKCPS Open International Exhibition at Patchings Art Centre on 31st August.
We’d been sitting in a corner of the gallery having a committee meeting while the show judge was working his way round the gallery making his choices. We finished the meeting as other members started arriving for the PV and it was a complete surprise to find that I’d won the award. In fact I was having a quick look round the show and didn’t notice it at first – until someone else came up to me and congratulated me on my award! I’m aware that my work is a little like Marmite within the CP world (people either love it or hate it!) and was particularly chuffed with a couple of things the judge (Nottinghamshire artist – Stephen Ashurst) said. Apparently he always likes to see the hand of the artist in a piece of work (my students will chuckle at this – as I often tell them the same thing!) and he enjoyed the evidence of the layers and levels of rendering that had gone into the picture. In addition, he said that although he had not consciously seen my work before, he was certain that he would recognise it in future. Both comments meant a huge amount to me.
The “hang” at Patchings was a bit chaotic and there has been a great deal of comment about this and the fact that, probably, too many pictures were selected. However, it was generally acknowledged that the overall standard was very high – although the large number of pictures selected may have meant that a some work was a little below par and didn’t meet the “excellence” criterion that should characterise the UKCPS Open International.
here I am receiving my award from UKCPS Chair – Barbara Murray. Stephen Ashurst is standing on the left and UKCPS President – Pat Heffer – is observing on the extreme right. The award, £150 to spend with mail order art supplies company Great Art, will come in very handy. However, having one of my pictures judged as Runner Up to the Best in Show (which was an excellent picture by Lesley Sharman UKCPS) was plenty enough reward in its own right!