The fourth biennial North Lincolnshire Print Open at The Ropewalk in Barton upon Humber has just opened to critical acclaim at a Preview Evening which attracted more than 100 art lovers.
A silk screen, 2, by Amie Andrews of Cleethorpes was the unanimous choice for the selectors’ prize chosen by Melvyn Petterson and Alf Ludlam and while the second prize, sponsored by GKD Litho of Hull, went to North Bank artist Debbie Grice of Lockington near Driffield for her Maywoodtype print of Peacocks and Furrows.
Third prize, sponsored by Hawthorn Printmaker Supplies, went to Marcelle Hanselaar with the Etching and Chine Colle print, Child Soldier 2 while prints by Emily Connor, Trevor Pollard,
Helen Clark, Jim Connor, Charlie Downes, Kim Barker and Andrew Tyzack were highly commended.
In all 122 prints were selected by Cleethorpes born Melvyn, who is a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and runs Artichoke Printmaking Workshop in Brixton, and Grimsby artist and former Grimsby School of Art lecturer, Alf.
The Ropewalk’s Exhibition’s Officer, Richard Hatfield said the latest Print Open had attracted printmakers from throughout the country and the two selectors had a very difficult job reducing the numbers of entries to fit the space.
“The exhibition is a strong mix of imagery in terms of size, media, colour and techniques with a combination of traditional and modern methods,” Richard went on.
He added that the two selectors had indicated that the standard of submission was so high that many artists, whose work has not been included, should not be discouraged in entering a future Print Open.
“The aim of this exhibition is to show the very best of contemporary printmaking,” Richard continued.
The exhibition, continues until Sunday, September 7, and The Ropewalk is open from Monday to Saturday between 10am and 5pm and Sundays and Bank Holidays between 10am and 4pm. Admission is free.
For more information go to www.the-ropewalk.co.uk