Vintage Blouse by Elspeth Ross


The first prize winner of the Sussex Artist Award, clinic formerly the Open Art Competition, is Elspeth Ross who wins a solo show at Pallant House Gallery for her work Vintage Blouse.


Second runner up is Hugh Hamrick from Rackham for Green Chair and Owls, Interior and third prize winner is Josephine Goddard from Bognor for The Tragedy of the Titanic.


Partner in Art volunteer and Chichester resident, Sue England, and Deborah Richards, Hampshire, were both highly commended for their works, The Black Dog, and Shipping off Cowes: Dusk II, respectively.


Green Chair and Owls, Interior by Hugh Hamrick


The Sussex Artist Award aims to raise valuable funds for two local charities whilst championing the work of artists across the country. The works were chosen from 60 shortlisted works by judges, Gregory Perry, Director of Pallant House Gallery and John Gill, former Director of the Brighton Photo Biennial and Chairman of the British School at Rome.


The Tragedy of the Titanic by Josephine Goddard


John Gill said: “When judging, you have to try to be as objective as possible though inevitably there is a degree of personal enjoyment that comes into the decision making. Much of the time we were responding to the clear pleasure in making the work, as well as the skill, colour, technique – and an element of being surprised.”


The Black Dog by Sue England


The award aims to support St. Wilfrid’s Hospice in Chichester, which offers free palliative and end of life care to people with terminal illnesses, and Outside In - a pioneering project started in 2006 by Pallant House Gallery which offers a platform for those who face barriers to the art world due to circumstances such as health, mental health or disability.


The shortlisted works were selected from 385 entries to the competition of which 40 are currently on display in an exhibition in the Studio of Pallant House Gallery and can be seen until 4 August.