Art in Devon

This article was taken from the 2006 Autumn issue of Art in Devon magazine and was written by the editor, Alison Sumner.

South West Academy Summer Open Exhibition

The South West Academy Summer Open attracted hundreds of artists this year one young artist in particular, definitely had the Midas touch. 'Hannah and the Money Spider' by Rupert Brooks was chosen to illustrate both the invitation and front cover of the catalogue for the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts Open Exhibition. This is one of two paintings of Hannah, the first was exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters' exhibition at the Mall Galleries. Rupert's model Miss Hannah Grant said, 'I noticed the little money spider on the drape near my face, I had no idea Ru would put it in the painting. Let's hope it brings Ru some money!' And indeed it did, Rupert was awarded the Marine House at Beer Prize of £1000.

Other artists to receive awards were Irene Prince who won the Art in Devon prize for her sculpture 'Reclining Figure' and Ruth Bowyer received the Pam Baker award for her 'Lemons in silver bowl'. The Philip Malone Gallery prize was awarded to Clive Burnell for his painting 'Transient'. This prestigious event, now in its seventh year, attracts artists from all over the UK this was the first time it was held at the Cube Gallery, University of Plymouth following its move from Exeter Phoenix and the new venue met to everyone's approval.

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