In a unique addition to this year’s Marshwood Arts Awards, Lord Bath, who recently starred in the BBC documentary series, All Change at Longleat, met with organisers of the South West based Arts initiative, to choose his favourite piece of work from the exhibition. The exhibition is comprised of work from artists and makers in six different disciplines. He is one of two collectors who were approached and asked to view the judges’ selections and give an indication of which piece of work they found the most interesting. Lord Bath, along with Sarah Wild of Puncknowle Manor Estate outside Bridport, had each agreed to select works from the exhibition.
Lord Bath met with Victoria Byrne to look over the entries. “He was very generous and enthusiastic and definitely knew what he was interested in,” said Victoria. Agreeing that there was a “lot of talent” amongst the entries. Lord Bath chose what he explained was the work that he “would be most likely to buy” if he saw it in an exhibition. Both Lord Bath’s and Sarah Wild’s choices will be announced when the exhibition opens in October.
Now in its third year, the biannual Marshwood Arts Awards, chosen by judges from entries to six different categories, has always attracted a fascinating final exhibition of work from artists and makers. It has also proven to be a unique and absorbing collection of work from categories as diverse as photography and aculpture and has become one of the most anticipated exhibitions in the South West.
This year has been no exception, with entries in some categories of such high quality, especially in painting and drawing, that some judges have requested to be allowed to include extra works that they felt were worthy of mention.
A short film made by Lawrence Moore of Earthrod Productions will also be shown at the exhibition. Including interviews with past winners, past judges as well as this year’s judges, it gives some fascinating and thought-provoking insights into the importance of the arts in the South West and beyond. It also shows the value of initiatives such as these awards.
The final exhibition will be held at Bridport Arts Centre from 24 October to 21 November. Opening times are Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am-4pm.
For more information visit www.marshwoodawards.com or telephone 01308 423031.