‘No Jury, No Prize’ a great success in Inishowen

The 'No Jury, No Prize' exhibition at Fort Dunree. Picture: Kevin McLaughlin.
The 'No Jury, No Prize' exhibition at Fort Dunree. Picture: Kevin McLaughlin.
  • Artlink’s ‘No Jury, No Prize’ exhibition has been running at Fort Dunree since October
  • All submissions were accepted
  • The exhibition was formally launched by John McCarter
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An art exhibition which accepted all works submissions has been a huge hit in Inishowen.

The ‘No Jury, No Prize’ exhibition has been running at Fort Dunree since October 14th and will close tomorrow, November 4th.

Over 90 pieces were exhibited at the Saldahna Suite, from both amateur and more experienced artists of all ages and from across the North West.

The concept of the Artlink exhibition was that there would be no selection committee, no prizes and all artists’ work would be admitted. All work is also hung equally and in alphabetical order.

This idea originated in Paris in 1884 when a group of artists known as the Societe des Artistes Independants put on a show with the motto ‘No Jury, No Awards.’

It was then first developed locally by curator Rory Harron and held at the London Street Gallery in Derry during the City of Culture 2013.

The ‘Journal’ visited ‘No Jury, No Prize’ on Friday afternoon and it was a packed house, with many adults and children in attendance, many of whom expressed how impressed they were with the works exhibited.

The pieces exhibited are as diverse as they are thought-provoving and range from the abstract to the familiar, with local landscapes, memories and moments interspersed with portraits of famous faces, imagery, wood carvings and sculpture.

The works also range in theme and format, from painting, photography, glass, ceramics, textiles, wood, taxidermy, mixed media to live art and are a celebration of life itself.

Images such as the Guildhall in Derry are placed alongside taxidermy and a HD Video piece 
entitled ‘Ventriloquist.’

Nuada proposes to Macha at McDonalds and The Pious Fisherman, a wooden bench handmade by six-year-old Joseph Meenan, a ‘snake’ from Dunree created by a local family and a Northern Romantic Albino Camel are just some of the other works on exhibit.

Organisers say they are delighted with the work submitted and also with the number of people who have visited the exhibition in recent weeks.

12.5% of the proceeds from the exhibition went to the RNLI. The exhibition was formally launched at a reception event last month by Lifeboat Operations Manager John McCarter.