Members of the Bury Arts Society received awards


Bury’s talented artists celebrate after being recognized at an annual exhibition.

On Saturday, members of the Bury Arts Society were honored for their impressive work at the Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Center on Moss Street.

The awards were presented at the society’s annual exhibition, which was opened by the Mayor of Bury, Cllr Shaheena Haroon.

The following awards were presented by the mayor:

• Millennium Prize – Peter Jones for “Black Cat”

• Tommy Valentin Landscape Award: Rita Jordan for “Path by the River”

• David Swithenbank – Anne Sugden Prize for “Venezuela from Space”

• Mary Edyvean – Judith Church Award for ‘Honeysuckle’

• Lifetime Image Award – Gill Pollitt for “Raven”

This year a new prize was awarded, the Derek W White Prize for Contemporary Art.

It was created in memory of the late, highly respected and much admired member of the society, Derek White.

Derek was an excellent performer in addition to serving as both vice president and program secretary on the committee.

The company was delighted that Derek’s wife, Vicki, was able to present the trophy, which she had donated.

The winner was Shyamal Sarkar for his work, titled “Crazy Monster”.

The exhibition showcases a wide range of artistic talent in Bury and will run until Saturday October 1st.

During the exhibition, the public is invited to vote for their favorite painting, which will then be awarded the “Mary Shaw People’s Prize”.

The society congratulated the museum, curator Lee Crocker, and artists Gemma Parker and Charmaine Turner, who selected the works for display and the prizes.

The organization meets on Monday evenings at Blackburne Hall near Bury Parish Church and always welcomes new members.


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