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Glynn Vivian announces the return of the Swansea Open

Images from the Swansea Open 2022, held early this year. Pics: Glynn Vivian

Glynn Vivian is delighted to announce the return of Swansea Open in January 2023.

The Swansea Open is an annual art competition open to anyone who lives or works in the City & County of Swansea (SA1-SA9), and is a celebration of art and craft from artists and makers throughout the city. The selected works from the submissions will be shown in the Gallery’s room 3.

Artwork may be submitted by anyone who lives, works or studies in the City & County of Swansea, within the postcodes SA1 to SA9.

Submission deadline is 4pm on Sunday, January 15 – and entries can be taken to the gallery on January 13, 14 or 15 from 11am–4pm.

The selection is made by a different panel of invited selectors each year, thus encouraging diverse viewpoints annually. 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 28 January.

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 visual artist of Indian origin Daniel Trivedy, who studied fine art at Swansea College of Art and is currently based in South Wales, and curator and academic Gillian Fox, who is based in London.

Glynn Vivian curator Karen MacKinnon said: “The Swansea Open always offers a lovely opportunity to celebrate the wealth of creativity our city has to offer.  We encourage entries from professional and amateur artists, art students and makers from all over Swansea. If you’re not entering this year we extend a warm welcome to you, your friends and family to come and visit the exhibition and to celebrate the diverse and exiting culture of our city.”

The Swansea Open works will be on display at the Gallery until Sunday 16 April 2023, with many of the works for sale as part of the exhibition.