There was a packed bar at the Brewhouse arts centre for the official opening of its latest exhibition.
The Annual Open Exhibition Of Art and Craft presented in partnership with Burton And District Arts Council (BADAC) was unveiled at a Sight and Sound event at the Guild Street venue.
This year the exhibition has been expanded with two prizes for young people and the catchment area for artists extended to a 15-mile radius of the Brewhouse.
As well as the Sight and Sound event four of the five awards on offer were handed out.
BADAC chairman Geoff Thompson opened the evening with a welcoming speech and also introduced gallety officer Anna Roebuck from the Arts Development Team who presented the first award.
During his speech Mr Thompson thanked artist and gallery technician Tracey Parr for her help in both the cataloguing and displaying of the two and three dimensional arts and crafts on show. He also thanked BADAC volunteers Margaret and Rae Bradshaw and Bill Pritchard for helping on the submission days.
The first presentation was the cheque for £200 for the East Staffordshire Borough Council Innovation Award which went to Diana Coe for her piece Eternal Consequence.
Ms Roebuck said: “The judges were looking for something that was a little bit different – something that made it stand out from all the other entries in the exhibition – and we believe that this piece fulfilled that criteria.”
Next up were the two Young People awards, with a prize of £50 each, which were presented by Ms Parr.
In making the awards Ms Parr made mention of the number of entries submitted by William Allitt School and hoped that in coming years more schools would encourage their pupils to submit work for the show.
The last award of the evening, the BADAC prize, worth £100, went to Andrew Henry for Bridge in Snow 2. In closing the awards ceremony Mr Thompson made mention of the final award which will be made when the exhibition closes.
The People’s Choice Award is made by visitors to the exhibition who are able to fill in a ballot form for the work they like most. This award is worth £50 to the winning artist.
The exhibition, over two floors, is on until June 5th and voting forms are available from the box office.
Following the presentations the audience were entertained by cellist Kathryn Monteiro.
She provided a wonderful atmosphere for the audience to enjoy while they viewed the entrants to this year’s Open Exhibition.
Kathryn, who has performed and won at Derby Arts Festival is due to take up a music scholarship in Repton School’s sixth form in September.
She is the youngest member of the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed a cello concerto in Derby Cathedral.