Paint the Day 2020 Prize Winners.
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Paint the Day 2020 Prize Winners.

Our Paint the Day 2020 Exhibition has now come to a close and we would like to congratulate all of our prize winners and everybody that has taken part in this years event. A big thank you to all those who participated online this summer, those who visited our exhibition over the last few weeks and everybody who has supported this year’s visual arts competition.

We hosted our very first Paint the Day Online in mid-June this year during national lockdown. After the competition was complete we launched a online 3D gallery to showcase works digitally. Our Muni art space would house the Paint the Day 2020 exhibition physically when it was safe to do.

The socially distanced exhibition opened this Autumn, running from Saturday 10th October to Sunday the 18th of October. And displayed all the of the artworks in one place for the first time since they were created, welcoming visitors in a COVID secure environment.

Paint the Day 2020 Exhibition set up with all social distancing measures in place.

A specially selected panel of judges visited the Paint the Day 2020 exhibition over those weeks, who then digitally debated their chosen prize winners from each category. This year’s judges included Chris Manley and Julia Banks from the Wolverhampton Society of Artists and Georgina Cheung from Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

After much debate the results were in and later announced digitally at 6pm on Friday 16th October via our Facebook live.

Photography Under 18 (£50) – Things Will Only Get Better by Ellis Newton

Overall Under 18 winner (£50) – Aftermath Zoom Party by Emily Billington

Photography 1st Prize (£100) – Lockdown Walk by Ian McNee

Photography Runner Up (£50) – Window on the World by Kerry Whorton

Overall 1st prize (£200) – Where Did Covid Go? by Claire Thomas

Runner Up (£50) – Towards Sedgley by Nan Davies

The all-important public vote was counted and announced after the exhibition came to a close. Our Under 18 Public Vote Winner was Rowan Worton with his Through the Trees photograph with Gary Morris winning our Overall Public Vote prize with his painting The Quiet Trees.

The exhibition also provided people with a chance to purchase artworks by biding on their favourites. This income was split half and half between artists and NAC , we are happy to announce that the generous public have supported artists and helped to raise funds of £495 for NAC which will help our Arts Centre in these challenging times ahead.

We would again like to congratulate our prizes winners and everybody that took part in this years Paint the Day. The stand out collaborative show celebrated the community spirit of our city, the creative nature and raw talent of the people who live within it and the spectacular beauty of our surroundings in which we have found the time.