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ArtsSponsors and cash prizes for 2015 Arts Awards

Sponsors and cash prizes for 2015 Arts Awards

We are delighted to announce the sponsors for the 2015 Marshwood Arts Awards.

With the Marshwood Arts Awards reaching out to an ever broader range of artists, makers, art lovers and buyers throughout the South West, it is good to see such a unique initiative supported by local businesses. Along with the assistance of the Bridport Arts Centre, Batten’s Solicitors of Yeovil, Artwave West Art Gallery from Morecombelake, And So to Bed (London) from outside Bridport, The BridgeHouse Hotel in Beaminster, Hawksmoor Investment Management of Exeter and the Brewery Square Development in Dorchester have all chosen to support the Marshwood Arts Awards and to help offer finiancial incentives to the artists that are chosen to exhibit alongside the judges in the Bridport Arts Centre in October and November.
This year a winning artist will be chosen from each category and that winner will receive a cheque for £300.
The Marshwood Arts Awards is the third in a series that began in 2008. Designed to highlight and promote the wealth of creativity in the South West, the Awards are divided into six categories. This year the categories and their respective judges are:

Painting & Drawing selected by Philip Sutton RA
Sculpture & 3D selected by David Worthington
Fashion & Textiles selected by Harriet Wallace-Jones
Photography & Digital Media selected by Matilda Temperley
Furniture & Works in Wood selected by Rupert Senior
Ceramics & Glass selected by Christopher Taylor

Artists are invited to submit work to any one (or more) of the categories and the relevant judge will select three artists from that category to exhibit in a high-profile mixed exhibition at the Bridport Arts Centre from 24th October – 21st November 2015.
Along with the three artists chosen from each category, there will also be an online public vote to choose another entrant to display their work in the exhibition.
Two collectors, Lord Bath of Longleat and Sarah Wild of Puncknowle Manor Estate, will each choose a work from the selected exhibition to receive a ‘Collector’s Award’.
The judges are also invited to exhibit a piece of their work alongside those whose work they have chosen.
Past judges have included John Hubbard, Kate Malone, John Makepeace, Caroline Broadhead, Tim McPherson, Emily Young and Roger Mayne.
The Marshwood Arts Awards exhibition, combining work from the judges with that of the selected entries, is a unique and much admired bi-annual exhibition.
See entry information at the end of this post or visit or phone 01308 423031.


New Online Vote

Along with the three artists chosen from each category, this year there will also be an online public vote to choose an additional entrant to display their work in the exhibition. The details for this will be announced after all entries have been received.

Collectors Award

Also new this year: two collectors, Lord Bath of Longleat and Sarah Wild of Puncknowle Manor Estate, will each choose a work from the selected exhibition to receive a ‘Collector’s Award’.

Judges for 2015

Painting & Drawing – Philip Sutton RA

Born in Poole in 1928, and growing up in humble surroundings in London’s East End, Philip Sutton left school at fourteen and briefly worked in a drawing office before completing his national service during the Berlin Airlift. He attended the Slade School of Arts from 1948 – 53, where his contemporaries were Craigie Aitcheson, Michael Andrews and Euan Uglow. The unique and irrepressible colour and vibrance of his style, reflective of the work of Henri Matisse, swiftly attracted an attention that lasted into his eighties.  He has exhibited widely throughout the United Kingdom and in 1977 the BBC Arena Programme made a film about his work and a retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1988. He has travelled widely in order to paint, but now 86, has recently moved to live in Bridport, Dorset.

Sculpture & 3D – David Worthington

David Worthington is a noteworthy sculptor whose work has been shown all over the world. He was shortlisted for the Jerwood Sculpture Prize in 2009 and was elected vice president of The Council of the Royal British Society of Sculptures in 2010. His work pushes what is possible with stone and he continually revisits themes, such as movement, the legacy of modernism and sensuality in art. He relishes the tactile nature of stone and his work includes highly pleasing polished surfaces that need to be touched. His revolving sculptures invite the viewer to turn large pieces of work with the ease of a playground roundabout. The element of play, ever present in his work, engages the audience on a physical as well as intellectual level. David now works out of his studio in Symondsbury, Dorset, a huge indoor and outdoor space that allows him to create large scale work.

Fashion & Textiles – Harriet Wallace-Jones

Harriet Wallace-Jones trained at Central St Martin’s, going on to take a MA in Weaving at the Royal College of Art. It was during her university years she met her business partner Emma Sewell. Wallace Sewell create innovative woven fabrics using vibrant stripes and abstract designs in a variety of materials, from silk to chenille, to lamb’s wool. The pair is continually challenging themselves to create contemporary designs. Commissions range from bespoke scarves for the Tate gallery, Anthropologie, silk wall hangings, to a series of iconic public commissions for ‘moquette’ designs for Transport for London seating. Harriet has also been awarded a Silver Medal of Achievement by The Worshipful Company of Weavers. The medal is awarded for outstanding talent and ability within the UK textile industry. She is now a liveryman within the organisation.  She lives near Beaminster, Dorset.

Photography & Digital Media – Matilda Temperley

Matilda Temperley was born on a cider farm near Yeovil, Somerset  in 1981. After pursuing a career in tropical infectious diseases she decided to make a career change into photography. She is known for her stylised portraiture of marginalised societies. At times confrontational, her work is an empathetic nod to the self expression of her subjects and commands the immediate attention of the viewer. Matilda is based in London and divides her time between fashion work and her personal gallery work. This year Matilda was a finalist for the SONY World Photo Awards for her African work. She was also a finalist in the CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the year awards for her work on the Somerset floods. Matilda’s first book ‘Under The Surface – Somerset Floods’ was published in 2014.

Furniture & Works in Wood – Rupert Senior

Rupert Senior is one of the UK’s foremost bespoke furniture designers and makers. His goal is to create unique furniture with a simplicity and honesty of form and proportion using outstanding British craftsmanship and superb materials. He trained at The Parnham School for Craftsmen in Wood before setting up in partnership as Senior and Carmichael. After a productive collaboration of some 25 years, Rupert went on to establish his own successful studio, based in Surrey. Recent public commissions include special folio cases for the Sir Charles Barry Library at the Travellers Club, Pall Mall, London. He currently sits on the Guild Mark Committee of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, the UK’s hallmarker of excellence in design and craftsmanship, himself having received 13 Guild Marks in the past. When Rupert is not designing furniture he likes to paint – portraits being his particular area of interest.

Ceramics & Glass – Christopher Taylor

Christopher Taylor studied BA (Hons) 3D Design Ceramics at the University of the West of England. After graduating he worked for a number of studio potteries around the UK including the Dartington Pottery in Devon and Edinbane Pottery, Scotland. Alongside this he developed his own practice as a ceramicist before returning to study at the Royal College of Art gaining an MA in Ceramics and Glass. During his time at the RCA he was awarded the Royal College of Art Travel Scholarship and was a prize winner in Lighting Association, Lighting Design Awards. His work is exhibited at a range of galleries and stockists including Contemporary Applied Arts, London and Galerie Altena, Holland. He taught ceramics at North Devon College on the Foundation Degree programme and is now Programme Leader for Contemporary Crafts, Plymouth College of Art.

How to Enter:
Email images of up to 6 individual works per category (one image per work) to
Please put ‘Arts Award 2015’ in the Subject header.
Each Digital image should be no larger than 3MB.
Attach the following information for each work:
Category — Title — Medium — Measurements in cms.
Payment: Cost of entry is £15 per category
Artists may enter more than one category but only a maximum 6 works can be entered in each category.
For payment details please see website or telephone 01308 423031.

The deadline for entry is 6pm on Friday 28th August 2015.
For Terms & Conditions see website

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