Thursday 20 September 2018

Galway artist makes finals of prestigious world art competition

Mary Horan
Mary Horan
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

An Irish artists has made the shortlist of 10 finalists in a global art competition.

Mary Horan, a full time artist living in the heart of Connemara, has made the finals of the prestigious 2017 MS Amlin World Art Vote prize with her painting The Field.

Mary describes her work as an "emotional response to my environment" and a comment on the changing landscape and the damage we are doing to our world with global warming.

“My paintings have a connection to the environment and landscape which involves a spiritual interaction with the elements. I hope my paintings evoke a similar sense with the viewer," she says.

Mary Horan's The Field
Mary Horan's The Field

Over 600 artworks were submitted and 28,000 votes were cast by the public for the shortlist.

The competition is open to amateur and professional artists in the UK and Ireland and is now in its 21st year.

“We believe art and culture are essential for vibrant societies and communities and the MS Amlin World Art Vote provides a way for a wide range of people to express their opinions and share their views on contemporary works of art” says Adrian Britten, Director of Brand and Communications, MS Amlin.

“With more than 600 submissions from across the UK and Ireland we can see there is a strong desire for artists themselves to engage with a wider public, with established artists willing to pitch their work against amateurs in a public vote.”

As well as receiving £1000, the winning artist, to be announced at the end of September, will also have their work featured in the 21st National Open Art Exhibition at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf from 17-26th November.

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