Devon opening weekend success for national art prize

White Moose‘s Directors Julie Gavin and Stella Levy are pleased to announce that the opening weekend of the national Griffin Art Prize shortlist exhibition at their North Devon venue was a great success. As White Moose was one of only three venues in the UK selected to host the exhibition, they were very keen to make the most of working with some of the most exciting emerging artists based in Britain today.

Those people who managed to get in at the packed opening ceremony at White Moose held last Friday, were given the chance to get up close and personal with 2013 Griffin Art Prize winners Luke George and Elizabeth Rose and shortlisted artists Susannah Douglas, Emily Moore and Scott Robertson, and to hear Mat Gibson, Co-ordinator of the Griffin Art Prize, talk about the Prize’s history and future. Saturday was programmed full of talks, tours and events which again were led by some of the Griffin Art Prize artists themselves to the delight of art enthusiasts from all over the region.

George & Rose with Matthew Gibson, Griffin Art Prize, photo: John Andow

George & Rose with Matthew Gibson, Griffin Art Prize, photo: John Andow

Launched in 2012, the Griffin Art Prize is an exciting annual opportunity for emerging UK based artists specifically working in painting and drawing, sponsored by major fine art brands Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris. The 2013 shortlist exhibition held in London in November attracted leading UK collectors, critics and art world professionals.

Feedback about the show at White Moose has been great so far. Artist Judith Westcott, who featured at the venue last year as one of the Bideford Black artists, commented that “this is the best exhibition White Moose has shown so far”. Other comments were fulsome, especially about having such quality international artists exhibiting in Devon.

White Moose Directors Julie Gavin and Stella Levy said:

“Another great outcome of the opening weekend was that Devon based artist Pete Ward (Bideford Black) and Griffin Art Prize winners George & Rose found they have strong common interest in working with natural pigments and have already initiated a working contact with a view to possibly collaborating in the future. This is very much what we are trying to achieve by bringing together artists from outside the region together with those who live and work here.”

White Moose Co-Director Julie Gavin and guests, Griffin Art Prize, photo: John Andow

White Moose Co-Director Julie Gavin and guests, Griffin Art Prize, photo: John Andow

For those who have missed out so far, two following two additional events are planned during the Griffin Art Prize shortlist exhibition which runs until Saturday 29th March:

Event: In conversation with Eleanor Bedlow
Details: Eleanor Bedlow will talk about the power of pencil behind the organic, imaginary worlds that she creates through installation, which border on sci-fi and are made dramatic by their scale.
Date: Wed 5 Mar
Time: 5-6pm

Event: In conversation with Rae Hicks
Details: Ray Hicks will talk about the inspiration behind his large abstract landscapes that show no trace of human existence other than the marks that suggest and absent presence.
Date: Wed 19 Mar
Time: 6-7pm


Exhibition: Griffin Art Prize
Gallery: White Moose
Dates: Fri 21 Feb – Sat 29 Mar
Times: Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm
Entry: FREE

For more information, please contact: White Moose, Trinity Street, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 8HX.
T 01271 379872, E, W

For all PRESS ENQUIRIES, please contact: Milica Lewis
E: W:

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By Digital Institute of Early Parenthood Posted in White Moose

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