The Salford Open exhibition ran from July to November in the North and Bluestairs Galleries. Over 150 artworks were selected for display from nearly 60 artists living or working in Salford. Visitors to the museum then voted for their favourite workof art in the Salford open people’s Choice Award.
The winner is Fat Frank by 36-year-old Bree Hughes from Eccles. Bree has stated that the inspiration behind piece was ‘being out in nature over the summer in the run up to Manchester Pride.’ Frank is a lilac-breasted rollerbird and was painted at Bree’s home using acrylic.
On winning the award, Bree said
“I'm still absolutely stunned that I won the People's Choice Award in the first Salford Open. I almost didn't enter at all and I did not think I would place, as this is the first time I have ever done something like this. The standard of everyone else's work submitted was so high so I was truly in shock to win. I'd like to thank everyone who encouraged me to take part and the people who liked my work and took the time to vote for me. I'll definitely be entering again in 2020. It's been brilliant to be part of and I urge anyone out there thinking about taking part, to just go for it!”
The runners up were:
All Creatures Great and Small by Beth Raynor, Trump by Matt Carroll
and Stream, Heaton Park by Philip Westcott.
The Salford Open was part of the Royal Academy’s 250th year celebrations that has enabled three Salford museums to team up to put on special Royal Academy themed exhibitions during 2018 and 2019. The legacy of this project is that the Salford Open will run every other year with the next one in 2020.
Heritage manager at Salford Museum & Art Gallery, Ceri Horrocks, says:
“We encourage anyone living or visiting Salford to come and see the wonderful exhibitions we have on. Investing in local artistic talent is very important to us here at Salford Museum & Art Gallery, after all, we have some huge names in art from the Salford area so we are always looking for the next big thing. We thank everyone for coming forward and submitting their work and look forward to running it again in 2020.”
Salford Museum and Art Gallery is located next to Peel Park on The crescent in Salford. For more information go to salfordcommunityleisure.co.uk/culture