|Londonart and Mandy Kay curated two art of love exhibitions in 2004 and 2005. These pages include the entries, shortlist and final winners of the competition
The Art of Love 2005
For the second year running Londonart.co.uk invited visual artists, writers, poets and musicians to submit works on the theme of Love.
The subject of Love is one we began to explore last year which resulted in the first Art of Love 2004 exhibition, held in The Ardean gallery in Cork Street, London.
The 2004 event proved to be such a huge success with the public, press and artists alike that this year we launched the 2005 event in the.gallery@oxo and Bargehouse in the famous Oxo Tower Wharf, a London landmark building on the South Bank in February.
The exhibition was open for a three week period, from the 10th to the 27th February 2005. During that time the exhibition received, over 9000 visitors, and attracted national and international press coverage which included, The Times, Time Out, The Guardian Guide and the BBC World Service. The exhibition also established sales with a number of private collectors and art dealers as well as generating private sales.
On the opening evening over 2500 visitors arrived to enjoy the exhibition and the planned events. Jessica Michaels, Natalie Arnold and the Rubber Band performed their songs live in the gallery. Poets Joan Michelson, Kirsten Harris and Jennifer Copley read out their poems to a packed out audience.
A CD of Jessica Michaels, Natalie Arnold, The Zips, Jim Laslett and Rubber Band are available for sale, along with the Art of Love exhibition catalogue.
Paul Wynter Managing Director of Londonart.co.uk said, "What a wonderful reaction to love. The atmosphere of the opening night was perfect for the theme of Love. The response was simply phenomenal with the exhibition full to capacity with people enjoying the art, performances and poetry."
The quality of work submitted was very high, and included a wide range of media such as animation, film, sculpture, painting, music and poetry. After long deliberation, the judges decided to split the first second and third prizes equally between the three winning visual artists and awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize to the winning poets.
Winning Visual artists
Kristian De La Riva and Emily Russell, UK Animation / filmmakers from Cambridge
Anthony Barrow, UK painter from Wigan, Lancashire
Kathy Prest, UK Sculptor from Barnet, Hertfordshire
Winning Poets selected by Andrew Motion
1st Prize: Amen by Joan Michelson from London
2nd Prize: Room Service by Andrea Porter from Huntingdon
3rd Prize: Apples by Jennifer Copley from Barrow-In-Furness, Cumbria.
A shortlist of the accepted visual artists can be seen here
and here are the art works which were exhibited in the Bargehouse's Heart Room
Poets which were included in the exhibition
Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate, said of this year's Poetry competition; "Overall I thought the poems were much stronger than last year's selection - bolder in their themes, more various in their forms, and more interesting in their language. It has turned into a very worthwhile operation..."
Terry de Havilland, the legendary shoe designer, designed a pair of shoes especially for the exhibition, based on the theme of love. They featured a reclining Venus from a painting by artist Christian Furr, transferred perfectly to the curves and contours of a wedge sole. Shoes indeed fit for a goddess....
All of the submissions to The Art of Love can now be viewed on the site, as well as the artwork selected to appear in the gallery exhibition.
On Valentine's Day itself, Monday February 14th 2005, there was a special radio programme broadcast on, Resonance 104.4fm the art radio station, in conjunction with The Art of Love. This featured talks with the winning artists, poetry readings and a selection of the submitted music, as well as many more thoughts on love and art...
If you would like further information on the event please click here
The Art of Love is a joint venture between Londonart and Mandy Kay, one of londonart's leading artists .
Press articles about The Art of Love 2005 are still being collated.
Click to view the press articles about The Art of Love 2004
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