Awards handed to winners in art competition

Mary Newman (left) from the Carre Gallery presents Janey Hill with her award for winning the Carre Gallery Portrait Exhibition 2015.  Janey Hill's winning image 'Janey' (collage and mixed media) hangs on the wall. Photo: Martin Cameron
Mary Newman (left) from the Carre Gallery presents Janey Hill with her award for winning the Carre Gallery Portrait Exhibition 2015. Janey Hill's winning image 'Janey' (collage and mixed media) hangs on the wall. Photo: Martin Cameron

Two artists have found themselves in the frame after impressing in a portrait competition run by a Sleaford arts venue.

Janey Hill and Mary Newman have been announced as winners in the Lincolnshire Portrait Exhibition, held recently at the Carre Gallery, in Carre Street.

Gallery director Christopher Hodgson presents the 'People's Choice' Award to Laura-Jane Luff for her painting 'Lynne' (oil on board) which was exhibited in the Carre Gallery Portrait Exhibition 2015 at Carre Gallery, Sleaford, Lincolnshire in October 2015. Photo: Martin Cameron

Gallery director Christopher Hodgson presents the 'People's Choice' Award to Laura-Jane Luff for her painting 'Lynne' (oil on board) which was exhibited in the Carre Gallery Portrait Exhibition 2015 at Carre Gallery, Sleaford, Lincolnshire in October 2015. Photo: Martin Cameron

The event, sponsored by Hodgson Brothers LLP, returned for the second year at the end of September with a mixture of painting, drawing, collage, and photography, and ran until early October.

Work by 17 exhibitors featured in the event.

Janey Hill was awarded overall winner for her portrait “Janey”, a collage in mixed media.

It was described by the gallery’s judge as “intriguing, perplexing, but an almost addictive image that demanded study and interpretation.

“If on permanent display, I could imagine returning to it many times,” the judge added. “Definitely something ‘new’ for the gallery.”

The People’s Choice Award, voted for by visitors to the gallery during the exhibition, went to Sleaford artist Laura-Jane Luff for her portrait “Lynne”.

As well as being the People’s Choice, this painting was also commended in the competition judging for being “very appealing, full of character and caught much more of the sitter’s personality than would a photograph”.