Quality and quantity present challenge for open art show

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ORGANISERS of Hull’s biggest open art exhibition say they have been overwhelmed by the number of entries this year.

More than 1,700 pieces were submitted to the annual Ferens Open in a variety of media including paintings, pastels, photography, prints, textiles, sculptures and ceramics.

The selectors – Scarborough-based artist David Chalmers, and Gerardine Mulcahy, curator of collections at Beverley Art Gallery – have chosen just over 400 pieces to go display from tomorrow.

Most are on sale with prices ranging from £12 to £10,000.

Ms Mulcahy said: “Having to whittle down 1,700 works to a manageable 400 exhibition pieces was a daunting task. However, it was also a satisfying one.

“The overall standard of entries was very high and consequently we had to rely heavily on gut instinct.

“Thankfully, in most cases intuition guided David and I towards the same works. Whilst personal preference has undeniably determined the selection, I hope that all visitors to the Ferens will find this an engaging and rewarding exhibition.”

A range of prizes are being given to the best entries, with money donated by sponsors the Friends of Ferens and BSB Architecture.

Joy Green won the student prize for her ink and watercolour drawing, Fragile Coast.