Plymouth Young Contemporary Open Winners Announced

Plymouth Young Contemporary Open Winners Announced

The inaugural Plymouth Young Contemporary Open art competition launched at a dual-site preview at Radiant Gallery and Peninsula Arts last Friday.

Following the success of the international and biannual Plymouth Contemporary Open in 2015, the Plymouth Young Contemporary Open (PYCO) will also run every two years to provide an open platform for creativity in the city.




Responding to the theme GROW, the exhibition features selected artwork from an open call to artists and creative producers aged 4 to 30 years.  Submissions were in the following age categories: 4-7, 8-11, 12-15, 16-18, 19-23 and 24-30 years old (a list of prize winners follows).

Ray White, Senior Curator at Radiant said “The first Plymouth Young Contemporary Open is a huge success. The quality and range of work, from all age categories, is truly inspiring. Creativity – and a critical engagement with making and presenting work – is alive and well in Plymouth. Effervescent is proud to have developed this initiative, and we look forward to a bright future for this biannual event. We couldn’t have done it without our partners and associate organisations, and look forward to continued city-wide collaboration.”




Dr Sarah Chapman, Director of Peninsula Arts at Plymouth University, said: “This competition has captured the imagination of young people in the Plymouth area, and I hope the current exhibition will be the first of many such events to take place in the city. It has helped to unearth an incredibly high level of creativity, and it is a great honour to showcase such talent within the Peninsula Arts Gallery. I hope seeing their work on display will inspire these young artists to continue pursuing art as a passion, career or both in the future.”



The winners in each age category are being commissioned by Peninsula Arts, Plymouth Culture and Effervescent to make work which will be shown alongside the Plymouth Contemporary Open international art competition in 2017.


The judges for the PYCO were Ray White – Senior Curator, Effervescent and Radiant Gallery, Blair Todd – Deputy Director / Exhibitions Curator, Newlyn Art Gallery, Dr Sarah Chapman – Director, Peninsula Arts, David Butler – Coordinator LifeWorkArt, Fine Art Admissions Tutor, Newcastle University and Donna Howard – Director, KARST.




PYCO is part of Effervescent’s “ReffUGE” programme which gives children and young people cultural platforms in the city, and is currently the only arts organization in the South West to reach the finals of the National Lottery Awards.  Plymouth Young Contemporary Open is a partnership between Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University, Plymouth Culture and Effervescent with associated partners: KARST, Ocean Studios, Plymouth Arts Centre and The History Centre.




The exhibition will run until Saturday 9 July, 2016.  For further information, interviews or images, please contact Effervescent’s Communications Lead, Sally Bell at [email protected] or 07787 168946.



Prize Winners, 2016 Plymouth Young Contemporary Open

Displayed at Radiant Gallery


Age 4 – 7 (Plymouth Culture)

  • Runner-up: Isabella Colthurst – Title: Growing is part of us
  • (prize: Plymouth College of Art Outside the Lines art workshop)
  • Winner: Katherine Wilson – Title: The Looming Rainbow
  • (prize: Effervescent associate artist day and £200 materials budget – to the value of £950)
  • Commended: Abigail Bell


Age 16 – 18 (Plymouth Culture)

  • Runner-up: Emil Wood: Green Concrete (Plymouth College of Art short course)
  • Winner: Nicole Jones: Young Girl with Flowers (£750 commission to make work to be shown in association with the Plymouth Contemporary Open 2017)
  • Commended: Ben Churchill ‘Growth of Us’


Age 24 – 30 (Plymouth Culture)

  • Runner-up: Ashley Franceschi: Untitled (four days in the Ocean Studios workshop plus two days to display resulting work in the project space)
  • Winner: Liam Symes: The Box (£2000 commission to make work to be shown in association with the Plymouth Contemporary Open 2017 and 6 months PAC Home membership)
  • Commended: Holly Knowles


Displayed at Peninsula Arts Gallery


Age 8 – 11 (PCMAG representative)

  • Runner-up: Alicia Rose Greivson-Moore: GROW, Peninsula Arts (Plymouth College of Art Holiday art course)
  • Winner: Antonia Parkyn: GrowClan Cats Animation
  • Radiant (prize: Effervescent associate artist day and £200 materials budget)
  • Commended (for her imaginative interpretation of the theme Grow): Rosie Prior, showing at Peninsula Arts


Age 12 – 15 (Visual Arts Plymouth and PAC Home: Vickie Fear)

  • Winner: George Davies: Metropolis, Peninsula Arts (£300 commission to make work to be shown in association with the Plymouth Contemporary Open 2017)
  • Runner-up: Amelia Goodman, for ‘Grow’ showing at Peninsula Arts


Age 19 – 23 (Dafydd Moore)

  • Runner-up: Vesislava Zheleva, ‘Bretonside’, Peninsula Arts (KARST Artist Mentoring sessions)
  • Winner: Matilda Robinson, ‘Movable & Usable’, Radiant (£1500 commission to make work to be shown in association with the Plymouth Contemporary Open 2017)
  • Commended (for her observation and technical skill): Frances Spry, Peninsula Arts


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