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Entry call for Swansea art competition

Budding Swansea Picassos and David Baileys have the chance for their work to be featured at the city's Glynn Vivian Art Gallery.

Glynn Vivian art gallery

Paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography, printmaking and film are among the artworks that can be entered into the Swansea Open 2017 exhibition.

Artists who'd like to enter will need to take their artwork, framed and ready to be exhibited, along to the Glynn Vivian on Saturday 18 or Sunday November 19.

As part of the Swansea Council competition, all entries will then be judged by an expert panel including Owen Sheers, Professor in Creativity at Swansea University and the author of 'Resistance' - an alternate history novel about a Nazi invasion of Wales, that's also been turned into film starring Michael Sheen.

One hundred artworks will be chosen to feature at the Swansea Open exhibition, which will run from December 2 to January 6 at the Glynn Vivian.

Entries can be submitted by anyone who lives or works in the City and County of Swansea with a postcode SA1 to SA9, regardless of whether they're professional artists or not. 

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: "Swansea is a city that's thriving with creative talent, so we're expecting many high-quality entries for the Swansea Open 2017.

"This is a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of your work, with the chance for it to be featured in the redeveloped Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, which attracted over 50,000 visitors in the 12 months that followed its re-opening.

"We're due to find out at the end of the year if we've been successful in our bid for the UK City of Culture 2021 title. With the Swansea Open exhibition coinciding with the announcement of the winning city in December, this could be a perfect time for your artwork to be showcased."

Three prize winners will be chosen from the successful entries, with a first prize of £250, a second prize of £150 and a third prize of £100. The prize winners will be announced during a Swansea Open exhibition preview on Saturday December 2.

Other Swansea Open judges this year will include Iraqi born artist Rabab Ghazoul, whose work explores our relationship with political issues, and Andreas Rüthi, a Swiss still life painter who has exhibited internationally.

Information and application forms are available online at or from the gallery itself. 



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