The Penicuik Turner Prize is presented every year to the best work displayed in the Open Art Exhibition organised by the Penicuik Community Arts Association.
This year the exhibition was a great success with more than 250 people viewing the exhibits 90 exhibits including craft knitwear to paintings, sculpture and pottery. The works were of a very high standard and it was extremely difficult to choose a winner.
This year the competition was judged by Roslin artist Aine Divine RSW and the worthy, and popular, winner was Sandra Halley.
Sandra is a potter and a member of the craft co-operative at 4 West Street Penicuik. Her winning piece was a delicate decorative vase called “Fabric Scrap”. Sandra’s pottery can be bought from the Craft Shop at 4 West Street Penicuik, which is open from 10am-4pm Monday to Saturday.
David Owen and Joanne Henderson were also singled out by Aine for special mention – Joanne for her delicate pastels of dogs and David for his colourful and powerful landscapes.
In addition to presenting the Turner Prize, the arts association invited viewers to vote for their favourite piece and this year the winner of the popular vote was Nancy Bryce for her work Buchanty Hill.