Abstract painter wins £1,000 art show prize

Kate Siddle.
Kate Siddle.

A £1,000 prize has been awarded to the artist judged to have the best body of work in the Great North Art Show at Ripon Cathedral.

Ryedale artist Kate Siddle – who has a studio at The Sawmills Studios in Helmsley – won the prestigious prize at the event which opened to the public on Saturday.

Kate, who describes her abstract paintings as a response to the landscape she inhabits, said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been awarded the Carter Jonas Prize at the Great North Art Show.

“The standard of artwork is very high so it came as a lovely surprise to find that I had been chosen. It means that I can continue to paint and further develop my work.”

Her work was selected as the winner by judges Simon Palmer, a former Royal Academy judge, and Jane Sellars, the curator of the Mercer ArtGallery in Harrogate and contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Front Row.

The exhibition features more than 250 pieces of arwork within the imposing architectural setting of Ripon Cathedral by 36 professional artists, four photographers and one sculptor, with subject matter ranging from still lifes, portraits, and landscapes to abstracts and wildlife studies.

Roger Chapman, from the Great North Art Show, said: “This year’s exhibition has been received fantastically well, with over £12,000 of paintings being sold at the opening of the exhibition this weekend.

“We have some brilliant artists taking part this year, all art is for sale and it is a great opportunity to buy art at affordable prices.”

The 2013 Great North Art Show runs until September 22 and is open daily from 10am-4pm.

Entry to Ripon Cathedral is free and offers visitors the opportunity to buy art with prices starting at £40.

For more information visit www.greatnorthartshow.co.uk or email info@greatnorthartshow.co.uk