Artists who have submitted entries to the Bradford Open 2019 arts competition will find out if they have been successful at an event on Sunday 3 February.

The prize giving event marks the official launch of the exhibition which is run by Bradford council every two years and aims to discover new artists who live, work or study in the district.

Artists from across Bradford have been submitting their artwork in a variety of mediums to be judged by a panel at Cartwright Hall.

Works submitted to the competition include painting, photography, drawing, prints, ceramics, and glass and metal ware, with the most popular medium being two dimensional works such as painting, drawing and prints.

This year the panel of judges included Bradford Mafia artist John Loker and Caroline Douglas the Director of the Contemporary Art Society.

The competition is kindly funded by the Friends of Bradford Art Galleries and Museums.

The Bradford Open exhibition runs from 2 February to 5 May, with the winner announced at the official launch on 3 February from 1pm to 3pm. The event will be attended by the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Zafar Ali, and there will be music from local band the Peace Artistes.

The number of artists submitting works has increased from 111 in 2017 to 143 this year and the number of pieces submitted has also increased from 297 in 2017 to 376 this year.

A Bradford Council spokesperson, said:  “I am delighted that this important art competition consistently attracts a high number of excellent pieces of works. We are a really creative district and the entries that have been submitted this year really do highlight this. The prize giving event is open to everyone and I hope people come along and show their support for the local artistic talent from our district”

Caroline Douglas, Director, Contemporary Art Society, said: “It was great to see such a variety of work submitted to the Open Show: painting, drawing, collage, photography, digital animation, prints, textiles, ceramics, glass and metal ware. It made the task of selecting winners especially difficult. In the end, I asked myself – “Which of these artists would I most like to meet? Whose work seems to pose the most interesting questions?

We are only allowed to give 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes, but I did also pick out some of the other artists whose work I particularly enjoyed for commendation.”

John Loker, artist, said: “Overall I think we have a show of works that are representative of scope and variety of the submission and there are some excellent pieces. It was not easy to select the prize winners and the three chosen are quite different in their approach and content. There are always more contenders than prizes and many near misses, so some of the works which I really enjoyed seeing have been Highly Commend.”

For information about the Bradford Open visit www.bradfordmuseums.org