Derby Museums announce City Open winners

Derby Museums has today announced the winner of the 2012 Derby City Open exhibition which is being staged from December 1.

The top prize of £1,500 has gone to John Whitehill from Staffordshire with his work Silver Plane, which follows an overarching theme of built environments – buildings, urban views, parks and managed landscape.

Other winners in the competition, which exhibits 116 artworks from both professional and hobby artists, sculptors and makers, are: Zygmunt Peter Zasada, from Chesterfield, who has won £250 of fine art print, canvas print and photo books, promotional or artist materials from John E Wright; Christopher Paul Unwin, from Nottingham, who has won £100 of photo books or promotional materials from John E Wright; Kim Fowler, of Derby, who has been given a three-month free studio hire and an opportunity to show at the Studio Open from Evolve @ Banks Mill; Serena Smith, from Leicester and Annie Samuel, from Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth, who will each have a showcase at the Wirksworth Festival 2013; Roger Allen and Rowena Payne, both from Matlock, who each win an artist feature in the January 2013 issue of the Derbyshire Life magazine; Julie Wise, from Beeston, who has won a year’s free membership of the Design Factory craft development agency and Julie Dye, from Derby, who has won a 30-minute portfolio review with QUAD and Format director Louise Clements.

Peter Smith, chairman of Derby Museums, said: “The standard of entries for this year’s open was very high, and submissions included 2D and 3D works as well as films and soundscapes. I can’t wait to see the exhibition, which is sure to be vibrant,thought-provoking and diverse.”

The recent work of the main winner John Whitehill is based on constructed still life’s such as those spontaneously arranged structures a child might put together as a stage for play. These environments use readily available materials and objects to fashion a setting that allows imagination and speculation to flow.

The judges for the competition were photographer Brian Griffin, Independent curator Anna Douglas and artist, writer and curator Lesley Guy. The exhibition runs until 13 January 2013.