Ben’s hard task

A lecturer from a local college was faced with the hard task of being the only judge to pick the winner from an art open with over a 400 entries.

Ben Brady, Curriculum Manager for Art, Design and Fashion at Mid Cheshire College, was invited to be the guest judge at the Castle Park Art Centre 31st Annual Art Open in Frodsham. The Art Open is open to entries from anyone from amateurs to professionals and includes a wide variety of different mediums and styles.

Nabila Nagi, Castle Park Art Centre Curator and Trustee, said, “We invited Ben to judge the exhibition as we wanted someone whose background is in art and knows what is good technically and skilfully.” Ben Brady

“It is such a varied exhibition and there are so many mediums, so having someone who has experience of the variety of art at the exhibition is great.”

Ben, who has worked at Mid Cheshire College since 2007, spent a whole morning at the art centre deliberating over which piece to choose before picking a colourful piece by the artist Aileen Byrne called “Devon”.

Ben and his students will be returning to the art centre in May to use the inspirational space to exhibit the college’s degree level Fine Art pieces.

Nabila said, “We thought it would be great to inspire the art students. This will hopefully attract some younger people to the art centre, we want them to feel like it’s a place for them too. Having the college involved will hopefully bring more young people in.”

The art open at Castle Park Art Centre is open until the 4th January.