This year’s Open Art Exhibition’s Affordable Art Auction proved to be a great success, with £2,403.80 being raised for Friends of Kirkby Gallery and Prescot Museum.
The Open Art Exhibition is an annual exhibition that displays diverse works of art created by the talented people of Knowsley. Each artist either lives, works, studies, or volunteers in Knowsley. Anyone of any ability and age can get involved, with there being a special category for under 18s.
Once the exhibition ended, the Affordable Art Auction gave art lovers the chance to bid and get their hands on pieces they’ve always had their eye on in this year’s exhibition as well as ones from previous years. Kirkby-born playwright Willy Russell (known for Educating Rita, Blood Brothers, and Our Day Out) kindly donated several pieces of his work to the auction.
Celebrity auctioneer, Adam Partridge – who you may recognise from Bargain Hunt and Cash in The Attic – visited Kirkby Gallery to put several items under the hammer. Ninety-six unique pieces of art have gone to loving new homes, with 19 of the art pieces being created by Knowsley’s amazing young artists.
Visitors to the exhibition were given the opportunity to vote for their favourite piece of work in the Visitor’s Choice Award. This gives the artists the recognition they deserve and as well a prize for their great work.
Winners for the main Visitor’s Choice Award:
1st prize – Gill Cowley – for her art ‘John Conteh’
2nd prize – Hilary Moglione for her art ‘Dune Sunset’
3rd prize – Thomas Judge for his art ‘Teenchie Darncer’
There was also a separate awards category for the young artists in the exhibition. Winning pieces:
1st prize – ‘Eye’
2nd prize – ‘Poppies’
3rd prize –‘Demi Lee Cummins’
The special Reg Robinson prize was awarded to Patricia Morton for her artwork ‘Snowdonia’.
Thanks to everyone who were involved in the exhibition and those who attended the auction to raise money for a worthwhile cause. The money raised is going to Friends of Kirkby Gallery and Prescot Museum to help run community activities and support local schools in getting involved.