Griffin Gallery Open

23 July 21 August 2015

  • The Griffin Gallery Open will showcase the best in emerging art from UK and International artists in painting and drawing
  • With submissions held earlier this year, 98 works are to be exhibited in a salon-style hang
  • Prizes with a total value of £12,000 to be awarded at the Prize Giving and Opening Reception on Wednesday 22 July 2015
  • Exhibition runs from 23 July – 21 August 2015 at Griffin Gallery, The Studio Building 21 Evesham Street, London W11 4AJ

Griffin Gallery presents the Griffin Gallery Open; an initiative launched this year to encourage artists in painting and drawing. It aims to reward innovation, skill and commitment to practice for artists in the UK and internationally. Presenting a cross-section of contemporary practise, the exhibition showcases painting and drawing across a range of genres.

From an impressive 2,500 applications from open submission, 98 works by 92 artists have been selected by a panel of notable art world figures; artist Ian Davenport, Saatchi Gallery CEO Nigel Hurst, and Griffin Gallery Director Becca Pelly-Fry.

The Griffin Gallery Open is an expression of the Griffin Gallery’s commitment to supporting and showcasing emerging artists and celebrating the best in contemporary art in London and around the world. The Griffin Gallery Open is offering three major prizes to exhibitors with a total value £12,000, additional prizes will be announced on the evening of the prize giving.

Artists were invited to submit up to three works made since 2010 for each of the major prizes. The Winsor & Newton painting prize is for works based in oil, watercolour, gouache or inks. The Liquitex acrylic painting prize is for works based in acrylic and the Conté à Paris drawing prize is for works in dry media. The winner of each prize will receive £1,000 cash plus £3,000 RRP value in art materials of choice. 

The countries represented at the exhibition include; Malaysia, Spain, Ukraine, UK, Poland, Norway, Austria, Sweden, Germany, Hungary, Bratislava and Turkey.

Becca Pelly-Fry, Director of Griffin Gallery, says:
‘In the inaugural year of the Griffin Gallery Open, we have been overwhelmed by the positive response and the quality of submissions from around the world. From an incredible 2,500 entries, my fellow panel members and I have selected 92 truly talented individuals who together will create a spectacular exhibition of painting and drawing. The judging process has brought me and the other two judges into contact with a fantastic array of emerging artists, which has been an extraordinary and humbling experience.’

Exhibiting artists:

Fakhri Bimanto Bohang
Justyna Adamczyk
Iain  Andrews
Catherine Anyango
Tristram Aver
Sandra Beccarelli
Orlanda Broom
Stephen Buckeridge
Lindsey Bull
Teresa Byrne
Irene Caddick
Jason Carr
John Carroll
Kenni Chan
Ting-Tong Chang
Nicholas Cheeseman
Helen Clark
Daniel Cooke
Gemma Cossey
Paul Dixon
Susanna Douglas
Sharon Drew
Rebecca Duquenoy
Oliver Durcan
Radyslav Dziuba
Bella Easton
Kristian Evju
Alice Forward
Freya Gabie
Elena Garcia de la Fuente
Tim Garwood

Łukasz Gierlak
Richard Goold
Alastair Gordon
Julie Graves
Jonny Green
Beatrice Haines
Marie Harnett
Caroline Jane Harris
Andrew Hladky
Sam Hodge
Marguerite Horner
Barbara Howey
Jill Iliffe
Lottie Jackson-Eeles
Patrícia Jagicza
Alzbeta Jaresova
Yucheng Ji
Victoria Jones
Marek Jurciak
Ilona Kiss
Ayse Kucuk
Juliette Losq
Katherine Lubar
Jo Lynch
Alex March
Lucy Marks
Elin Melberg
Rob Miles
Federico Miró Jurado
Julie Moss
J. Carlos Naranjo

Barbara Nicholls
Roy Osborne
Jack Dennis Otway
Sarah Pager
Selma Parlour
Charley Peters
Leo Poloniecki
Ana Popescu
Sam Pullen
Tim Ralston
Beckie Reed
Reka Ritt
Julian Rowe
Joan Saló
Alan Sastre
Tim Shaw
Yukako Shibata
Clarissa Siimes
Alexandra Sinopoulou
Paul Smith
Aiste Stancikaite
Feargus Stewart
Andre Stitt
Russell Terry
Peter Vaillant
David Watkins
Hannah Weatherhead
Eleanor Wood
Ian Woodard
Ruozhe Xue


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Notes to Editors:

About Griffin Gallery 
The Griffin Gallery is a recent gallery in West London supporting artists and encouraging new talent, hosting discussions and celebrating the best in contemporary art in London and around the world.

A particular focus for Griffin Gallery is the championing of craftsmanship across all contemporary art disciplines. Situated underneath the headquarters of world-leading fine art materials brands Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris, the Gallery is home to an extensive series of events for artists and arts professionals, including expert talks discussing techniques and advice, running alongside the main exhibition programme. The Griffin Art Prize artists’ exhibition and residency award has been running since 2012.

The Studio Building houses not only the Griffin Gallery, but also an Innovation and Development Laboratory and two purpose-built artists’ studios. The Gallery occasionally hosts workshops in the development studio where invited artists can use art materials, created by resident chemists. This bridges science and art with the latest art materials and colours made using the best raw materials, going on to be sold worldwide.

This independent gallery is under the Directorship of Becca Pelly-Fry.

  • The Griffin Gallery Open was open to artists over the age of 18 whose primary medium is painting or drawing.

The Judges

Ian Davenport was born in Kent in 1966 is one of Britain’s leading abstract painters and printmakers. He graduated from Goldsmiths College of Art, London, in 1988 and as one of the generation of Young British Artists, he participated in the seminal 1988 exhibition Freeze. In 1991 he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize and since then has exhibited internationally and undertaken numerous large scale site-specific paintings, including the 50m long mural, Poured Lines: Southwark Street, under the Western Bridge on Southwark Street, London.  Davenport's work is held in numerous public collections, including the Arts Council Collection, London, Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, Tate Gallery, London, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, Weltkunst Collection, Zurich, and the Centre for Modern and Contemporary Art, La Spezia, Italy. 

Nigel Hurst is Chief Executive of the Saatchi Gallery in London. He graduated from Goldsmith’s College, London University in 1986 and since then has curated numerous international exhibitions.

He joined the Gallery as a curator in 1995, working on Sensation at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, the National Galerie at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin and the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York. More recent exhibitions have focused on Asian contemporary art including The Revolution Continues: New Art from China (2008), Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East (2009), The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today (2010), The Silk Road in collaboration with the City of Lille, France (2011), Korean Eye (2012) and Hong Kong Eye (2013).

Recent touring exhibitions also include USA Today and Newspeak: British Art Now  at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg (2008 and 2010) and Saatchi Gallery in Adelaide: British Art Now at the Art Gallery of South Australia (2011) and Hong Kong Eye 2013.

Becca Pelly-Fry is Director of Griffin Gallery, and Global Programme Manager for The Fine Art Collective for Colart International.  After graduating with a BA in Fine Art from Northumbria University in 2002, Becca then spent the next 6 years in Newcastle, working as Gallery Manager for a new commercial art gallery before moving into public sector arts management and running festivals, events and art projects in Durham.  During this time Becca was also practising as an artist, and putting on group exhibitions in unusual spaces with her art group, Hatch Arts.

Becca moved to London in 2009, for a position as Arts Development Officer for the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea which kept her busy for 3 years and introduced her to a wide range of arts professionals and creative people working in the city.  A short spell in Camden Council’s Arts and Tourism Department for the Olympic year brought further excitement and new challenges, until being invited to apply for the new post of Griffin Gallery Director and Global Programme Manager for ColArt International Holdings, based in Shepherds Bush.

Griffin Gallery Open Contacts

Project Manager
Mathew Gibson  
07789 498660

Gallery Administrator
Sophia Olver
020 8424 3239

Opening Times:

Monday - 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday - 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday - 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday - 10:00 - 17:00
Friday - 10:00 - 16:00
By appointment outside these times

Further information:
Gallery Website: 

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