details of the award winners announced on Friday 20 February
at the preview of the open west
Major Award Winner
This work, part of a series, is Masaki’s homage to, and a modern form of, the 17th century Dutch style of vanitas. It is a highly skilled and strange painting, loaded with symbolism. Fine detail layered with dynamic brush strokes results in a compelling and intense work.
Rachel’s series ‘Quiet Transfer’ explores the Arab-Israeli conflict through the Israeli policy of house demolition and settlement expansion in East Jerusalem. The images show fragments of Palestinian houses demolished in 2007-2008. These still life images are shot in the style of archeological or museum artefacts, lit with inky
blackness and high contrast, and resonate with religious
and political importance.
This 10m paper sculpture towers above the other works but is fragile, ethereal and almost invisible. Naoko’s infinite patience and vision, refined skill and endeavour shine through with this piece.
is supported by Gloucester County Council Cheltenham Borough Council, the University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum and Ecotricity