The winners of this year’s Motorcade/Flashparade National Open have been announced, with three artists each receiving £500 in prize money.

First prize went to David Theobald for his computer generated video work ‘Walking Holiday in Grindelwald’. He will also have the opportunity for a solo show at the Motorcade/Flashparade project space in Bristol. Second prize went to Ellen Wilkinson, with The Urbis Bursary Award going to Tom Bayliss.

Julie McCalden, director of Motorcade/Flashparade commented: “We hope the prize money will impact positively on the artists and their individual practices. The solo show for David Theobald is also a fantastic opportunity to work towards developing a cohesive exhibition in what can be a challenging space and we look forward to seeing this project develop.”

This year’s selection panel were Emma Cocker, David Trigg and Brian Griffiths. Explaining the judging process, McCalden said: “They had a difficult task selecting the first and second prizes as there were several strong contenders. The decisions were finalised and we are pleased with the selection.”

For prize winner Tom Bayliss, the financial element of the prize will help fund future projects. He said: “Winning the prize means an acknowledgement for everything that I have done this year. The piece has been shown a few times nationally to a great reception and this rounds it off nicely. The money means that I can fund materials for shows at the beginning of next year and develop projects in the future.”

In addition to the financial prize, Bayliss will also have the opportunity to exhibit at the Robinson Building, home to Motorcade/FlashParade National Open sponsors Urbis Development. He said: “I am looking forward to producing a site specific work as part of the prize and bursary. I am very grateful to the team at Motorcade/Flashparade for the opportunity.”

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