Lacey Contemporary Gallery and Connect2Colour are proud to launch their inaugural Summer Arts Prize Finalist exhibition this August 2015! With over 600 individual artworks entered between March and July this year, the top 50 have now been selected to feature in a two-week exhibition at Lacey Contemporary Gallery between the 12-22 August 2015. The finalist include works in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, mixed media, video and textiles. Artists entered from all over the world with the competition open to all mediums of art. The finalist exhibition will therefore represent the excellence and diversity of emerging contemporary art today.

The 12th August will mark the opening night for this exhibition, with the invited judging panel announcing the runner-up awards and the first place winner who will receive £1000 generously donated by Connect2Colour. Connect2Colour based in Marlow, Buckinghamshire is an innovative place where adults, children, businesses and colleagues can experience open communication. Through the running of workshops, corporate events and fun family filled days for children, C2C promotes the idea that everyone can learn and develop their skills through the use of colour and creative construction of beautiful abstract 3D art.

For the Inaugural Connect2Colour Summer Arts Prize, we are proud to welcome an expert panel of judges who will choose the overall winner of the prize as well as the three runner-up awards donated by BeSmartAboutArt, and Great Art UK.

To judge the award alongside Connect2Colour Founder Sally Webb and Lacey Contemporary Gallery Director, Andrew Lacey, we welcome Rebecca Pelly-Fry, director of Griffin Gallery; Tabish Kahn, writer and critic for the Londonist; and Paul Carey-Kent, contemporary art curator, critic and writer featured in such publications as Art Review, The Art Newspaper, STATE magazine, and Artlyst. We are extremely honoured to have such an expert panel involved in this years prize and look forward to see their results!

The Connect2Colour Summer Arts Prize – Finalist Exhibition, will be open between the 12-22nd August 2015, and aims to be an annual competition run by the gallery.

Aaron Sehmar, Aisling McGarvey, Alice Robinson, Andrew Hladky, Androulla Michael, Anne Parfitt, Ashley Hanson, Aurore Swithenbank, Beverley Chapman, Caia Matheson, Christopher Daly, Claire McDonald, Clementine McGaw, Eleanor Sparrow, Florence Mytum, Gayane Karapetyan, Heloise Delegue, Jaana Fowler, James Clow, Judy Mckenzie, Julie Leaming, Kristen Lokka Kong, Laura Iosifescu, Liam Dunne, Liza Mackintosh, Lois Wallace, Lucy Temple, Mark Michael, Matthew Smith, Miss Annabel Dee, Mi-Young Choi, Nara Walker, Olivia Kemp, Patrick Simkins, Patrick Madden, Qinru Yu, Renata Fernandez, Samuel Brzeski, Sarah Shaw, Sasha Bowled, Shamana Prideaux-Brune, Siyana Kasabova & Natalia Fadejeva, Sultan Kinns, Tammy Smith, Tom Brooker, Yucheng Ji, Kiran Tasneem