Bridgeman at The National Open Art exhibition

Art, champers and Ronnie Wood are just some of the many highlights from our visit to the 17th National Open Art competition private view.

 

Our chairman, Viscountess Bridgeman, with Piers Russell-Cobb, managing director of MediaFund, at the 17th National Open Art competition private view.
Our chairman, Viscountess Bridgeman, with Piers Russell-Cobb, managing director of MediaFund, at the 17th National Open Art competition private view.

 

The National Open Art Competition is an annual competition administrated by the charity Chichester Arts Trust to provide an open and fair platform for all UK artists to exhibit, sell and promote their work.
 
As a trustee of the Chichester Arts Trust, Bridgeman's chairman, Harriet Bridgeman, was invited to the private view on Thursday 24th October 2013.

 

 

Our chairman, Viscountess Bridgeman and Neil Lawson Baker, chairman of the Chichester Arts Trust, at the Towry, National Open Art prize giving 24 October 2013. Photograph by Laura Hodgson.
Our chairman, Viscountess Bridgeman and Neil Lawson Baker, chairman of the Chichester Arts Trust, at the Towry, National Open Art prize giving 24 October 2013. Photograph by Laura Hodgson.

 

 

 

ACS sponsors London Visitors Prize

Artist's Collecting Society (ACS) is a proud sponsor of this year's London Visitor's Prize at the National Open Art Competition, which awards £1,000. The winner is yet to be announced.

ACS was founded by Harriet Bridgeman in 2006 as a not-for-profit company dedicated to the administration of the Artist’s Resale Right. It currently represents nearly 800 artists and artists' estates, from well-known artists such as Frank Auerbach, Howard Hodgkin, Paula Rego and Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, and artists' estates such as that of Dame Barbara Hepworth, to emerging  artists such as Phoebe Unwin, Stuart Pearson Wright and Martino Gamper.

See full list of ACS artists here

 

 

A Night With Ronnie Wood

The prize-giving opened with an excellent speech by the veteran Rolling Stone, Ronnie Wood, who is an artist in his own right.
 
Harriet Bridgeman was delighted to have been seated next to Ronnie at the trustees' dinner that night. She describes him as “good fun, wonderfully enthusiastic and a great addition to the party”.

 

 

Ronnie Wood opens the prize-giving with a rousing speech.
Ronnie Wood opens the prize-giving with a rousing speech.

 

 

Graeme Wilcox (left) is pleased to accept the top prize.
Graeme Wilcox (left) is pleased to accept the top prize.

 

 

Winners

The top prize of £10,000 went to Graeme Wilcox (left), for his diptych ‘Two Brothers’.

This year's judges included 'Evening Standard' art critic Brian Sewell, Scots painter Barbara Rae, and gallerist Michael Hoppen.
 

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