Open 23 art exhibition opens to the public with support from local sponsors
The 5th annual Open 23 art exhibition at Leicester’s New Walk Museum and Art Gallery has opened its doors to the public following a first night private view on Friday 11th November. For the third year running, the event has been sponsored by local design company Tassell Design (www.tasselldesign.co.uk) which is also based on New Walk.
The exhibition is open to the public until 8th January 2012. It features the work of artists from Leicestershire and the East Midlands, showcasing the region’s artistic talents through a variety of media including photography, landscape painting, textiles, illustration and sculpture. The exhibition also features the winner of the 2011 Attenborough Prize, which was launched in 2007 by Lord Richard Attenborough to coincide with the siting of his personal collection of Picasso ceramics at the museum. This year’s winning piece, ‘Ascension’ by Edward Sellman, will be on show along with work from the competition’s six finalists.
In addition to being event sponsors, Tassell Design also created the branding, marketing material and catalogue for the exhibition. Director Mark Gray was a guest at the opening evening and said "As always, a fantastic variety of work is on display and we are proud to be associated with the event for the third year running. The work is impressive at all levels, but the youth category was particularly strong this year - indicating a great creative talent pool for the future. As a design company, we feel that it is important to celebrate our region’s emerging and current local talents.”
All of the artworks will be available to purchase during the exhibition. This year’s selectors are Jamie Scott, artist and senior lecturer in fine art at De Montfort University, artist Gurminder Sikand and Simon Lake, Senior Curator of Art at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery.