The MADE Summer Open was established to bring attention and focus to professional artists in Wales, and Cardiff in particular through creating a winner as chosen by a jury of gallerists, curators and previous winners who have award a winner's prize of a solo show in MADE's gallery programme the following year. This raises the bar in several ways; it announces a dedicated period of intention to produce a new body of work, within a curatorial framework of development through conversation towards a show. It focuses promotional energies and press into creating audience interest and engagement, as well as a stated element of investment to draw other funding support for the artist from public bodies and private sponsors. It has successfully helped to establish the careers of emerging artists such as Zena Blackwell and Lucia Jones, as well as creating attention and interest from the art viewing arena within Wales and beyond. It acknowledges that serious talent exists and can thrive outside London.
This year’s exhibiting artists were:
Susan Adams, Carl Arroyo, Vaida Barzdaite, Jo Berry, Jason Gregory, Penny Hallas, Jacqueline Jones, Jason Rouse, Kate Shooter, Lewis Ryland, Ellie Young, Sue Watt.
The people's prize winner was Lewis Ryland, receiving a £100 prize!
The judging panel for the MADE Summer Open 2021:
Jennifer Dudley, Curator, Art Collections Management and Access at National Museum Wales
Anthony Shapland, Artist, Founder and Director of G39 Gallery, Cardiff, Zoë Gingell, Director and Curator of Cardiff MADE, Josh Leeson, Director of Cardiff MADE, Lucia Jones, MADE Solo Art Prize Winner 2019.
Each year the panel includes MADE directors & curators, a guest curator or gallerist from South Wales, a member from the contemporary Art team at the National Museum of Wales, as well as the previous Winner of the Award.
Photography by Peter Evans.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS YEAR'S WINNERS KATE SHOOTER AND ELLIE YOUNG!
As the recipient of the MADE Summer Open Exhibition in 2017, the prize helped in accelerating my practice in unimaginable ways and acted as the perfect catalyst for my career.
The amount of work that Zoë Gingell and the MADE Team put into the exhibition between my
winning of the prize and the show being taken down on the last day was monumental. Immediately after being announced the winner in 2017, there was a strong sense of professionalism and of being nurtured, setting the tone for the next 13 months. A plan of action for the year ahead was mapped out and monthly mentoring sessions with Zoe were arranged. This structure and support implemented from the get-go filled me with the confidence and encouragement I needed, from guiding me through my Arts Council application to the design of publicity material.
Zoë's expertise and constant advice and support were invaluable during the year. She was 100% dedicated to the exhibition, selflessly devoting her time and going beyond the call of duty to ensure that I felt fully supported. This all enabled me to believe in myself and my ability to produce an exhibition of the highest standard. Zoë's amazing insight into the themes within my paintings was also invaluable. By her locating and identifying of these themes, I was able develop and investigate them further than I ever would have on my own. The monthly mentoring sessions either took place in my studio or at MADE and it also gave Zoë and I the opportunity to assess works and ensure that everything was on schedule. I can categorically say that the solo show at MADE has raised my profile enormously. The attention that the exhibition garnered not only in Wales, but on a national level, led to sales, further exhibition offers and more press and reviews even after it had closed. I am under no illusion that I would not have received this attention had I not had the solo exhibition at MADE; galleries like MADE are vital to the development of early career artists.
Winning the Summer Art Prize came at a critical point for me; as a young emerging artist it provided the rare opportunity to completely immerse myself in painting with the affirmation that my career choice was a very real and achievable dream. To be able to have a solo exhibition with the support of a Gallery and the Arts Council of Wales at this juncture in my life has been truly career defining. MADE reinforced my confidence in my work, nurtured my practice and has placed me in great stead to continue to pursue my career as an artist.
The curatorial support from Zoë Gingell over the past year has been invaluable as it pushed the conceptual and material boundaries within my practice, developing and consolidating it into new and exciting places. As a result, my solo exhibition at MADE, 'Tales from the Cutting Room Floor', has become a cornerstone in my practice by providing new avenues to explore and a deeper pool of possibilities in paint to dive into for years to come. The prize also boosted my profile as an artist by forming new, and building upon existing, professional relationships with galleries, curators and collectors. MADE and the Solo Art Prize have been instrumental in propelling my career and further establishing my practice in the UK and on the international arts scene.
The commitment by Zoë and the team to my exhibition throughout the pandemic was exceptional, overcoming all challenges posed to the sector throughout the year, and stands testament to the fervent dedication and passion of the team for supporting emerging artists.