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Glynn Vivian announces return of Swansea Open

Credit: Polly Thomas

Swansea city centre art gallery Glynn Vivian has announced the return of its Swansea Open initiative.

The Swansea Open is an annual art competition open to anyone who lives or works in the City and County of Swansea (SA1-SA9).

It celebrates art and craft from artists and makers throughout the city.

The selected works from the submissions will be shown in the gallery, run by Swansea Council, from February 3.

The selection is made by a different panel of invited selectors each year, encouraging diverse viewpoints.

The exhibition seeks to reflect critical and cultural awareness, with a broad range of work by professional and non-professional artists.

Three prize-winners are selected from the exhibited entries each year, with a first prize of £250, second prize of £150 and a third prize of £100.

The winners will be announced on the day of the opening on Saturday, February 3.

In addition, the Friends of Glynn Vivian Art Gallery will also award a prize of £200 for a selected artwork.

This year’s invited selectors are Alan Whitfield and Dr Zehra Jumabhoy.

Mr Whitfield is a visual artist and visual arts development officer for Disability Arts Cymru.

Dr Jumabhoy is a UK-based art historian, curator, writer and lecturer in the history of art at the University of Bristol.

Glynn Vivian curator Karen MacKinnon said: “It’s always really lovely when our annual exhibition Swansea Open comes around

“It offers such a great opportunity to celebrate the wealth of creativity the people of our city have to offer.

“We encourage entries from all; including professional and amateur artists, art students and makers from all over Swansea.

“Even if you are not entering your work this year, please spread the word and bring your friends and family to see this wonderful celebration of diverse and exciting artworks.”

The submission form goes live online 2 Jan, and people can visit the gallery complete a paper version if they wish.

Key dates include: Submission of works in person at the gallery: January 19-21, 11am-4pm; Submission deadline: 4pm, January 21; Winners announced: 1pm, February 3, Glynn Vivian; Exhibition dates: February 3-May 19.

The works will be on display at the gallery until May 19, with many of the works for sale as part of the exhibition.