Our 35th Annual Open Art Exhibition

“All Open exhibits have been judged and are on display .  The gallery is now closed due to the lockdown until Wednesday 2 December.  Please understand that this could be extended if the Government feels it’s necessary. 

During lockdown all the art on display will be promoted regularly on social media.  Anybody interested in purchasing any of the exhibits should email Kim at kim@castleparkarts.co.uk for further information on size and prices or to make a reservation.”

The exhibition will be extended until 17 February 2021

Unfortunately, there will be no Open Evening due to Government guidelines.


Overall Winner

Gorse Up On The Bank by Sophie Parr

We have selected Sophie’s painting as the overall winner because we were captivated by the use of colour, mark-making and textures within it. It’s energy and dramatic qualities made it a clear winner.

Highly Commended

Chinese New Year, Chinese Arch, Manchester by Sarah Morley - Chosen by Sharron Ray

This drawing perfectly captures the excitement and atmosphere of a busy city. The energy of the drawing and the layering within it suggests a moment in time, making the viewer feel as though they are experiencing this first hand. A wonderful drawing.

Dark Green Sprawl by Nerissa Cargill Thompson - Chosen by Mary Pilkington

This textile piece is very striking. The muted colours and subtle textures intrigued me and it reminded me of lichen and the seaside. The eroded feeling of the fabric is reminiscent of rocks worn away by the sea.

Taking the Applause by Wynford Andrews - Chosen by Joanne Moss

I love the quality of the drawing and the atmosphere of the composition. This well observed study is subtle and understated but very beautiful indeed.

Business Award 

Leave Me Alone by Peter Cunningham Ward  

Chosen by Phil Bower of Northwich Art Phil@northwichartshop.com

I apply a simple rule in these circumstances and that is to choose a piece that resonates with me personally.  The eyes represented in Peter's piece really caught me as soon as I walked into the gallery  as well as the skillful control and application of Acrylic Ink (which can be a tricky medium to work with). 'Leave me Alone' I feel resonates with me and I would certainly give it space on my wall.

This year's judges were

Sharron Ray, has been teaching art for over 23 years and is  currently Lead of the Art Department at Helsby High School as well as being the Lead Tutor on the prestigious ‘Young Artists in Tuscany’ course

Mary Pilkington, after spending 30 years teaching all ages from primary school to further education Mary is now spending more time in her home studio painting and making fused glass artworks including jewellery, wall art and 3 dimensional vessels.

Joanne Moss, over the past fifteen years Jo has taught painting and drawing to adults and continues to run local courses,  online in the current situation.