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Record number of entries for South Ribble Open Art Exhibition

A Leyland artist has been awarded first prize in the South Ribble Open Art Exhibition held at South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre. 

Patricia Ashcroft won with an oil painting called ‘Cherries’.  Particia’s son Michael Ashcroft is a previous winner of this competition and currently has his international one man art exhibition opening in Manchester.

The annual exhibition attracted a record-breaking number of entries this year with 55 artists submitting almost 100 pieces of art. The competition was judged by Stephen Sartin, former keeper of art at the Harris Museum, Preston, who praised the high standard of work on display.

Second prize went to ‘Mistle Thrush’ - a pencil drawing by Mary Hull, and third prize was won by Arnold J. Davies with his watercolour painting called ‘Memories of Times Gone By’.

Dr David Hunt, curator of South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre, Leyland, where the art will be on display until November 24, said: “The fact that this exhibition is celebrating its 33rd year shows just how popular it is with the public. It’s a great opportunity for local artists to showcase their work in an historic venue and appreciated just as much by visitors as it is by those taking part.”

Prizes were presented to the winners on Saturday (November 3) by South Ribble’s Mayor, Councillor John Rainsbury.

The judge also commended five artists:

Sarah Thompson – ‘Blue Still Life’, Anthony Seal – ‘Grey clouds over Bleaklow Moor’, Dave Jaundrell – ‘October Trees’, Kath Grimshaw – ‘The Roaring Twenties’ and Irene Mynott – ‘Back Street St Tropez’

More information:

South Ribble Open Art Exhibition – November 1 - 24 2018