A new arts space in Paisley’s Piazza Shopping Centre, artspace37 is to host Paisley Art Institute‘s prestigious Scottish Drawing Competition. Returning after a four-year gap, the competition features work by the Institute’s artist members, and open entrants, and 181 have been chosen to feature in the exhibition. Drawing has featured heavily in many people’s lives during lockdown, and although that theme was not specified for entry, themes such as people’s creative resilience and mental wellbeing during lockdown have inevitably figured in the entries, alongside social justice; the natural world and landscape also feature heavily in many of the works. Three video works also feature.
The Competition has a number of prizes, with this year’s winners as follows: The William & Mary Armour Award: Inter Facade by Ally Wallace; the Jamieson Award: Alice’s Model by Mary Gillespie; the John Joseph Morrow Prize: Presence Within, by Angela Repping; the Outspoken Arts Scotland Award: Tick Tock & Tin Hats by Deborah Sanderson, and the Velvet Easel Gallery Prize: A memory carried away dream by dream by Zuzanna Salamon.
As part of the Competition exhibition, the new venue, which has been created by Paisley-based arts organisation Outspoken Arts Scotland, will host free-to-book artist-led drawing workshops on 5th, 12th 19th and 26th June, covering various drawing techniques.
And finally, the Institute has issued the Call for Entries for its 133rd Annual Open Exhibition, from 1st June – 31st July, which is scheduled to exhibit 23rd September – 24th October.