Saturday 28 January 2023 - Sunday 16 April 2023
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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 are not entering this year we would like to 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 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.
‒ Key dates
• Online entry form: Available from 8 January 2023
• Submission of works: Friday 13, Saturday 14 or Sunday 15 January 2023, 11:00–16:00
• Submission deadline: 16:00 on Sunday 15 January 2023
• Exhibition dates: 28.01.23 – 16.04.23
• Return and collection of exhibited work: Tuesday 18 or Wednesday 19 April 2023, 11:00–16:00
Gillian Fox (b. 1978) is a curator and academic based in London, UK.
She has been Assistant Curator at Hayward Gallery Touring since 2013, curating and organizing their national programme of exhibitions. Independently she was co-curator of the first UK exhibition of eminent Norwegian artist Vanessa Baird at the Drawing Room, and is curator of an upcoming exhibition at Glasgow Women’s Library in November 2022. In Autumn 2023 she will curate Stim Cinema, a major new moving image exhibition looking at neurodiversity within cinema, opening at QUAD, Derby before touring nationally.
Daniel Trivedy is a visual artist of Indian origin. He studied Fine Art at Swansea College of Art and continues to be based in South Wales.
His multi-disciplinary work references themes of identity, belonging and citizenship. In addition to working as an artist, he lectures at Coleg Sir Gar, Carmarthen and works for the creative learning team at the Arts Council of Wales. Daniel has exhibited as an individual and also as part of group shows in the UK, China, France and the US. In 2019, Daniel was awarded the gold medal for Fine Art at the National Eisteddfod for Wales. His work is held in private collections and by the National Museum of Wales.