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South Holland Open Arts exhibition was picture perfect

The 19th South Holland Open Arts exhibition drew a crowd and painted a picture of artistic talent.

More than 600 people visited The South Holland Centre, Spalding, to see the 95 pieces of amateur and professional art on display.

Following an open application process which saw almost 250 entries, an independent panel of judges shortlisted the artwork to go on display at the free exhibition, which ran from April 4-10.

The winner of the Young Person Award who goes by the name "Ghost".
The winner of the Young Person Award who goes by the name "Ghost".

The winners of the Best Newcomer and Young Person prizes were chosen on the opening night, which saw an attendance of 165 people.

The panel of judges included a district councillor, Scarlet Summerfield from Boston College and Simon Haw from Spalding Picture Framing.

The winner of Best Newcomer, sponsored by Riverbank Studios, was Ian Simm for his work "Blood and Tears".

Ian received £100 for his winning entry.

The Best Newcomer Award went to Ian Simm.
The Best Newcomer Award went to Ian Simm.

The winner of the Young Person Award, open for 14-18 year olds, goes by the pseudonym "Ghost" and won for their work "Wandering Soul".

The award is sponsored by Spalding Picture Framing with a prize of £500 in vouchers to be used to frame their works of art.

The Public Vote Trophy went to the artist whose artwork received the most votes from visitors throughout the week-long exhibition and the winner was Ieva Baranovska.

Her work, My Girl, was selected by members of the public from the works on display, with 366 votes cast in total.

The contest was open to any professional or amateur artist over the age of 14 living or working in Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Norfolk, Leicestershire or Fenland.

Artists were able to enter up to three pieces of work in the following media: 3D, photography, digital, oil, pencil, pastel, watercolour, acrylic and gouache.

A South Holland District Council spokesperson said: "We were delighted to host this fantastically supported event and to get to showcase the unique and beautiful work of artists from across the region.

"Thank you to everyone who worked for and with the council to make the event possible, including the sponsors, and to all the artists who submitted their works."


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