Artist Helen Davies Wins GM Arts Prize 2017

Artist Helen Davies wins GM Arts Prize 2017

The winner of this years GM Arts Prize is Manchester artist Helen Davies for her work entitled ‘Delicate Details 2017’


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GM Arts Prize Winner Helen Davies – Photo Brian Wild


Winning Entry Helen Davies- ‘Delicate Details

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Winning Entry: Helen Davies – Delicate details

With such a display of great contemporary art from so many talented artists choosing a winner and three runners-up was always going to be difficult. The judging panel of last years winner Adam Brooks, Castlefield Gallery’s Director Helen Wewiora, Co-Director of  International3 Paulette Terry Brien, Artist Rachel Goodyear and Mann Diesel’s Louise Durose  however have risen to the challenge with a real varied mix of art styles which stand out as worthy winners.

You can see all the winners and shortlisted artists works for yourself at GM Arts Prize POP UP Exhibition at GM Chamber of Commerce Elliot House Deansgate Manchester on Friday’s 12 -2pm until 2nd June.

Iain Andrews – Lady Leviathan

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Mark Adams – Greek Island Index

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Runner-Up: Mark Adams – Greek Island Index, August 2015, Photographic Inkjet print

Susan Gunn – Divided Ground: Lamp Black

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You can see all the shortlisted artworks here

GM Chamber of Commerce

The GM Chamber of Commerce team headed by Head of Skills Development, Joy Sewart along with Finance & Management Informatiuon Coordinator Clare Clarke have done a tremendous job again in this, the second year of the GM Arts Prize, and I for one, certainly hope that this brilliant showcase for Greater Manchester’s Emerging Artists will continue to be supported  in future years. Sponsors Please Note!

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Artist & GM Arts Prize judge Rachael Goodyear and shortlisted artist Olga_Woszczyna. Photo Brian Wild

The awards will be presented in front of 800 of Manchester’s business élite at the GM Chamber of Commerce annual dinner which will take place at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on Thursday 18th May 2017. Actor, comedian and DJ Craig Charles has been confirmed as the host/DJ which has been billed as a “wholehearted celebration of the quality and diversity of Greater Manchester business.”

Following the success of the 2016 “after dinner party”, Craig Charles will again hold a funk and soul DJ set after the main dinner

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GM Chamber’s Joy Sewart and Mann Diesel Judge Louise Durose – Photo Brian Wild

Although this is a personal blog, I think it only fair to mention the sponsors without which this great opportunity for Greater Manchester artists would not be happening:

GM Chamber of Commerce

Ali from Fred Aldous Art Supplies – Vouchers

Jane from G.F.Smith – Paper Specialists (choice of papers for the winners)

Lewis from Veeno – Italian Wine Café on Brazenose Street (supplied Wine for the launch event)

Fon from Chaophraya  – Thai restaurant on Chapel Walk (supplied Food for the launch event)

Quentin from Join The Dots – Consumer Insight Agency