Our decision to depart from convention and invite someone from the art world to judge entries for competition 3, ‘Abstract and Conceptual’ provided our Judge, Carolyn Primett with an entirely new experience and our members with many talking points, and much to think about when reviewing and developing their own work. The inventive, the unfamiliar, the brave and the beautiful scored highly. It was refreshing to hear thoughts which did not centre on focus, exposure, unwanted dust and other technical distractions but rather on the subject matter, the ideas generating the work, and the feelings and impressions it created.
Carolyn had clearly studied the images, sought the views of colleagues in the art world, including the younger generation, and had formed clear views about what she liked, disliked and why. We thank her for that, for her revealing thoughts and for a keenly anticipated and successful evening.