Ten paintings created by budding Cornish artists have been shortlisted in a competition run by a leading cider producer to find the most iconic image of the county which will become the new label for its premium cider bottles.
Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm offered amateur artists the chance to see their work immortalised on newly designed bottles of its Classic range of premium ciders and 45 talented painters entered the competition, which is being run in association with Newlyn School of Art.
Inspired by the theme of ‘iconic Cornwall’, entries paid homage to the county’s beautiful beaches, proud mining heritage and well-known local landmarks.
The submitted paintings were judged by a panel led by Kay Healey, founder of Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm, renowned Cornish artist Glyn Macey and Cornwall Today magazine editor Kirstie Newton. The ten shortlisted paintings will now go on display at the cyder farm’s new visitor centre near Truro until February 21st.
Visitors to Healeys Cyder Farm will be able to see the finalists and vote for their favorite painting. You can also vote online at: https://healeyscyder.co.uk/news/cornish-artist-competition/
The winning creation will become one of a series of specially designed labels for Healeys’ Classic Range, which is sold nationwide. The winning artist will also receive a £500 cash prize.
Kay Healey from Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm said: “We are delighted by the fantastic response we had to this competition; it is really humbling. It was a real challenge to pick ten finalists, and many of the entries really ignited debate between the judges which was great. We look forward to seeing who the public picks as the winner, but I think everyone who entered should be very proud.
“We will pick a name at random from those voting, and they will receive a case of the new Healeys’ Classic Range when it is launched, as well as a day at the farm for the family with our compliments.”
Artist and fellow judge Glyn Macey said: “The standard of work is fantastic, and it’s really interesting to see the wide variety of styles and techniques people have used. The subjects artists have selected are all really iconic and show off Cornwall to its full potential. More than anything, I think this competition highlights the wonderful breadth and depth of the creativity that we have here in Cornwall. Well done to everyone who took part.”
The winning painting will feature on the premium cider bottles alongside creations by four of Cornwall’s most established artists, including Glyn Macey, who have created special pieces for the award-winning Classic range.
The four professional artists already selected for the project are: Melanie McDonald, whose paintings of Cornwall are focused on the surfing beaches around the Newquay area where she lives; Glyn Macey, who was born in Newlyn and now lives in Penzance, and produces paintings created in acrylic, mixed media and mark-making to capture the essence of the Cornish landscape; Richard Pearce, who lives and works on the Isles of Scilly and paints dramatic pictures of the rugged shores of Cornwall, and Paul Lewin, a leading contemporary landscape painter renowned for his paintings of the Cornish coastline, who also teaches at Newlyn School of Art.
The artistic labels will have pride of place on the Healeys’ Classic Reserve bottles. Left to rest in specially selected oak barrels in the Healeys cellars, this cider is bottled after it has picked up the exceptional flavours of the barrels in which it is matured.
All five pieces of art used for the labels will also be on display at Healeys throughout 2016.
Kay added: “To have secured four distinguished artists to create work for our premium cider range is fantastic and we are so pleased to be able to offer one lucky local artist the chance to exhibit their work alongside these established names.”
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