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Sardines win Surrey Open Art Competition at The Lightbox, Woking

PUBLISHED: 19:40 14 September 2010 | UPDATED: 16:54 20 February 2013

Sardines win Surrey Open Art Competition at The Lightbox, Woking

Sardines win Surrey Open Art Competition at The Lightbox, Woking

It proved to be quite appropriate that The Lightbox art gallery was packed to the rafters on Tuesday evening, as Emergency Rations, a mixed media piece composed primarily of an open sardine tin, was named the winner of the Surrey Open Art Competition

It proved to be quite appropriate that The Lightbox art gallery was packed to the rafters on Tuesday evening, as Emergency Rations, a mixed media piece composed primarily of an open sardine tin, was named the winner of the Surrey Open art competition.


Guests from all over the county crammed into the Woking gallery to enjoy drinks and canaps, and to witness the unveiling of the 500 Judges Prize winner.


It was an extremely difficult task to select the artwork for this exhibition and the variety this year has been superb, said sculptor and judge, William Pye. However, it was unanimous between myself, Annabel Agace and Jonathan Parsons that Ann Keys was to be the winner for her magnificent Emergency Rations.


The winning art work, a preciously proportioned, mixed media piece composed of an open sardine tin with netted textile fish and delicate beaded oil drops, was created by Whiteley Village octogenarian, Ann Keys.


My whole life has been one of extremes and my work likewise, saidAnn. Whatever materials and space I have dictate the manner of my work. Right now I live in quarters which scarcely have room for a Sunday newspaper, let alone the trappings of a studio. So frustrating. Hence my offering of sardines. Im stunned to win. I thought with so many huge pieces and great works mine would be overlooked, but this is truly marvellous.



  • You can see the winning piece, Emergency Rations, and the other works on display in the Surrey Open art competition at The Lightbox until Sunday May 9, where you can also vote for the 250 Peoples Prize. For more information please visit www.thelightbox.org.uk

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