Gwynedd Museum & Art Gallery’s Annual Open Art Exhibition

Andrew Smith presenting the selector’s prize - winner is Timothy Pugh. Here’s Simon Howe accepting the prize on his behalf.

The annual Open Art exhibition at Gwynedd Museum & Art Gallery is now open to the public until April 18, 2015.


A very successful launch was recently held when the selectors’ prize was awarded to Timothy Pugh, environmental artist from Mancot, Flintshire for a pair of pencil and watercolour drawings depicting industrial components of an ‘Extractor’ and ‘Spinner’. A panel of selectors decided on the final exhibition from a large number of entries, with a number of other artists recognised for their work.


Councillor Mandy Williams-Davies, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member for the Economy said: “This is the 20th consecutive open art exhibition to be held at the Gwynedd Museum & Art Gallery in Bangor which continues to be supported by a wide spectrum of artists from the surrounding area. With over 116 works on show by 83 different artists, there will surely be something to suit all tastes at the annual exhibition.


“As a Council, were aiming to continue supporting the arts in this challenging financial climate. It’s very encouraging that the exhibitions participants and visitors alike are continuing to show their support. I would encourage anyone to go and have a look at these excellent pieces by local artists.”


Delyth Williams, Gwynedd Council Visual Arts Officer added: “The open art exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for local artists to showcase their work to the public. There is a wide variety of works on show, paintings, drawings, printmaking, photography and some ceramics, which we hope will appeal to all our visitors who are interested in visual art. All are welcome to enjoy the variety offered by the exhibition and to also vote for their own favourite artwork.”


The public will also get the chance to vote for their favourite artwork during the exhibition with a prize of £100, awarded by the Friends of the Museum and Art Gallery and presented to the winner at the end of the exhibition.


A panel of selectors decided on the final exhibition from a large number of entries, with 11 other works being highly commended. They are ‘Arenig Fawr Dan Eira’ letter carved ash by Martin Wenham, ‘Ebb Tide’ a mixed media painting by Gareth Davies, ‘End Wall’ acrylic painting by Diana Davies, ‘Roses’ an impasto oil painting by Alan Knight, ’Toyshop’ acrylic painting by Mair Wyn Cratchley, ‘Life Dance’ gouache painting by Brigitte Kern, ‘High Moss’ a landscape in acrylic by Dorothy M.Williams, ‘Crocodile Skins’ illustration in ink by Jasper Dawson Clough, ‘Fragments’ a mixed media portrait by Alice Mayer, ‘Crow Study II’ an ink drawing by Aimee Louise Jones and a pair of photographs ‘Moving On’ and ‘On the Wild Side’ by John Clark.


A smaller subsequent showing of some of the framed works will be held at Oriel Pendeitsh gallery in Caernarfon from 24 April – 14 June.

For more information and for Gwynedd Museum & Art Gallery’s opening times, visit or phone 01248 353368.