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Joint Winner 2019

Mixed media
by Calina Lefter



Joint Winner 2019

Victor Rows Out
by Chris Mercier

It is 50 years since the very first Marie Dyson Award was presented in 1968. It was in the early 1960s that Marie Dyson led a group of relatively new members to expand the range of RGA activities and her contributions and influence were long-lasting. This award is given in her memory, after her untimely death in 1967, for a work of outstanding merit.

This year’s Marie Dyson Award Assessor Diana Seidl, artist and author, said: “I am delighted to judge the Marie Dyson award this year. It is just over 50 years that this prize was first inaugurated. Being Head of the Arts Faculty at Pangbourne College for 25 years gave me experience of lots of different styles of artistic expression.”

Congratulations to joint winners, new RGA member Calina Lefter with her large mixed media piece Breakfast and Chris Mercier, third time Marie Dyson Award winner, with his arresting drawing Victor Rows Out.

Unfortunately, Chris wasn’t able to attend the Private View when the Awards were announced, but Calina said: "The most wonderful surprise for me today at the Sir John Madejski Gallery at Reading Museum! Even when I heard my name I didn't understand exactly what happened. I cannot express how grateful I am for being selected as joint winner of the Marie Dyson Award this year. Thank you to Diana Seidl for her wonderful words about my work, and to Reading Museum for this magnificent opportunity to be one of the exhibiting artists in their prestigious gallery. I would also like to add my warm thanks to the lovely artists of the Reading Guild, they welcomed me from the beginning."

Four works were also commended as follows:



Toy Train to Shimla
Coloured inks
by Jill Pollock


You are what you eat
Fimo collage
by Lorna Webber

Mixed media
by Rukshi Brownlow



Night Harbour 1
Stitched & mixed media on Lutrador
Elaine Izod






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