Amanda Loomes has been selected for the 2018 Open along with 25 other artists in this key Welsh public art gallery.
Oriel Davies Gallery
The Park, Newtown
Powys SY16 2NZ
The exhibition runs from the 23rd June – 5th September – 10am-5pm Mon-Sat.
Preview on 23rd June from 6 – 8pm and awards announced 7pm.
Amanda Loomes will be showing three videos about Canvas. All the works were made for the exhibition ‘Supporting Material’, a two person show with Ian Parker at the University of the Creative Arts, Canterbury in September 2017.
“The stretched canvas, or support, is a load bearing material. But ‘support’ also alludes to advocacy, corroboration and encouragement. Initial conversations between the artists explored shared contexts and meanings leading to the exchange of words, objects and things – an iterative process of production, response and further production. ”
The five selectors worked hard to choose what they consider to be the most original and engaging work from hundreds of entries from all over the world. Twenty-six artists and artist collectives are represented with a good proportion from those based in Wales. Together, these artists present new and recent work that reflects the diversity of contemporary practice – whether abstract or figurative, representational or imagined.
Three awards are part of the Oriel Davies Open tradition. The overall prizewinner receives a cash prize of £1000 and an invitation to have a solo show at Oriel Davies and a student prize winner receives a cash prize of £500; both of these will be announced at the opening. As mentioned there is also the popular People’s Choice award of £250 presented at the end of the show to the artist whose work receives the most votes. Please come and nominate the work you think should win!
ODO18 Selectors: Sacha Craddock, writer and curator; Jane Simpson, artist and Director Galerie Simpson; Matthew Collings, Artist, Writer, critic and broadcaster; Steffan Jones-Hughes, Director, Oriel Davies and Alex Boyd Jones Curator, Oriel Davies.