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Harrogate Open 2019 winners announcement

The Mercer Art Gallery's biennial Harrogate Open, one of the most popular competitions in the northern arts calendar, opens on Saturday 12 October. Over one hundred and fifty artworks comprising paintings, prints, textiles and ceramics have been selected for exhibition from a cohort of 600 entries by the competition's judges which included the acclaimed Yorkshire artist Emerson Mayes, York gallery owner Lotte Inch and heritage retail consultant, Michael Richards.

Professional artist, Neil Bolton from Ripon scooped the coveted first prize with a large scale figurative oil painting and the runner up prize was awarded to Balbinder Broadbent from Harrogate for her vibrant abstract painting entitled Motion.

Prizes were presented by Judith Thomas, Chair of the Friends of the Mercer.

Judge Emerson Mayes who has also been a judge for the prestigious New Light competition said: “Both Neil’s and Balbinder's paintings stood out to us for their confident and skilled painterly technique which in both cases created an arresting finished composition. The hidden narrative in Neil's painting was particularly strong and left us all very intrigued. We were overwhelmed with the standard and variety of the submissions and found making the final selection for exhibition a challenge.”

For further information please email museums@harrogate.gov.uk or call 01423 556188.

Page last updated 10/10/2019