Deadline for Applicants is Midnight 24.06.23
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 will 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 contributed to raising the profiles of former winners Zena Blackwell, Lucia Jones, Kate Shooter and Ellie Young 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.
Cafodd Arddangosfa Agored yr Haf MADE ei sedydlu i ddod a sylw a ffocws i artistiaid proffesiynol yng Nghymru, ac yng Nghaerdydd yn benodol, drwy greu enillydd sy’n cael eu dewis gan banel o artistiaid, curaduron a pherchnogion orielau celf. Mae’r wobr o sioe unigol yn oriel MADE i artist wedi ei ddewis/dewis gan artistiaid sydd eisioes wedi derbyn y wobr gan guraduron MADE, yn codi’r bar mewn sawl ffordd.
Mae’n datgan bwriad penodol i ffocsu ar greu corff newydd o waith, o fewn fframwaith curadurol i’w datblygu drwy sgwrs , i’r perwyl o greu arddangosfa newydd o waith. Mae sylw ar hyrwyddo’r gwaith drwy’r wasg yn creu diddordeb ag ymgysylltiad â’r cyhoedd, ynghyd â elfen o ddenubuddsoddiad gan gyrff cyhoeddus a noddwyr celf.
Mae’r wobr wedi llwyddo i helpu gyrfaoedd egin-artistiaid megis Zena Blackwell, Lucia Jones, Kate Shooter a Ellie Young yn ogystal â denu sylw a chreu diddordeb ymysg yr arena celf yng Nghymru a thu hwnt. Mae’n cydnabod bod dawn yn bodoli ac yn ffynu y tu allan i Lundain.
Submission Deadline - 24.06.23
Exhibition Opens - 08.07.23
Winners announcement - 05.08.23
Exhibition Ends - 06.08.23
Winner of the Solo Art Prize in 2017, Zena's Solo Show 'Seen Not Heard' inverted the cuteness of childhood, investing it with potential malevolence through a series of paintings which were high colour & inspired by the threads of family life.
Winner of the Solo Art Prize in 2019, Lucia's Solo Show 'Tales from the Cutting Room Floor' drew from the cinematic imagery of 90s romantic comedies and cult classics to explore the materiality of paint in relation to memory & unsettle in the familiar.
In 2021, Ellie Young was the joint winner along with Kate Shooter, of the Solo Art Prize.
Her solo show 'I Want to Believe' combined humour, the absurd and popular culture, featuring cut-out sculptures, painted clay reliefs and a lenticular painting.
In 2021, Kate Shooter was the joint winner along with Ellie Young, of the Solo Art Prize. Her solo show ' Wicker Woman' was an exhibition of paintings and drawings related to body and domestic everyday objects, challenging & revelling in their own alternative landscape.
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''SUMMER OPEN ENTRY 2023 - ARTIST NAME'.
''SUMMER OPEN ENTRY 2023 - ARTIST NAME'.
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Solo Art Prize Winner 2017
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.
- Zena Blackwell
Solo Art Prize Winner 2019
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.
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.
- Lucia Jones
Taken from the Summer Open in 2022
Lockdown Wandering I
Club Color Der Sportlische film, expired, Printed on Archival Matt Paper and Dry Mounted on Foamex
42 x 59.5 cms