Broomhill Sculpture prize winners announced
Following a successful Summer Exhibition at Broomhill Art Gallery and Hotel, the judging panel (comprising internationally acclaimed artists/sculptors Tim Shaw, Rob Ryan, Carol Peace and Nigel Minard -Head of Art at West Buckland) came together this month to select the winning piece.
Ten short-listed sculptors were carefully selected by the judging panel at the beginning of this year. Each of the ten finalists were given a £1,000 budget and 3 months to turn their proposed idea into an inspiring finished piece for the Exhibition.
The judges favourite and winner of the Broomhill NSP 2011 title is 'Uncertain Futures: Larder' by Suzanne Hobs.
"Suzanne's monumental sculpture was chosen for its fantastic interaction with the landscape, providing viewers with a very exciting experience. The piece was beautifully executed with a social awareness angle, tying in with the enclosed trapped emotion of the time we live in. We're delighted with the outcome, Suzanne put great thought and effort into her piece and is truly deserving of the 2011 title. Many thanks to our sponsors and judges for their support in making this possible." Quote from Rinus van de Sande
Suzanne says "My work is inspired by years working on an organic farm in North Devon and recognising the earths fragile nature. Climate change; food scarcity; conflict over resources, have become international news staples, yet in our consumer society, the importance of our environment to our own survival appears forgotten. Being selected to create a sculpture for the NSP Competition has given me the chance to communicate my fears and anxieties through the voice of my work." [full statement below]
Every visitor to the exhibition had the opportunity to vote for their favourite sculpture, The sculpture that captured visitors attention the most this year and winner of the ‘Public Speaks' title is Endless Curve by Wenqin Chen, also awarded a ‘special commendation' by the judges for creating an uplifting, open, positive, healing, well executed sculpture that has the right spirit and powerful inspiration in a difficult time.
"The sculpture Endless Curve represents open-mindedness, invention and space for innovative thinking. I would like to thank the NSP team, all the visitors and public voters. All the reputation and success I have achieved is due to their understanding and support. Thank you!" Wenqin Chen.