Updated: 20 Jul 2021

Joint Winners 2021

Colourful swirls depicting earth
Earth Dreaming
Batik on paper
by Nina O'Connell
Sitting figure with red turban
by Jenny Halstead

The assessor for the Marie Dyson Award 2021 was Fiona Talkington, presenter for BBC Radio 3.

"It was a privilege to be asked to assess the works for the Marie Dyson Award. It was also extremely difficult: there were many contenders.

As I walked around I was struck by the tremendous skill and imagination within every work; I was both inspired and humbled. The Reading Guild of Artists has shown, once again, why art is so important, not just for those who produce all this amazing work, but for the effect on us as visitors who spend time being with each work, stepping into these worlds and allowing them to speak to us."


Highly Commended 2021

Broken landscape
Collagraph print
by Trish Roberts
Town horizon surrounded by floating screens
Reading - Sunrise Over The New Normal?
Watercolour, pen & ink & collage
by Anthony Wilder
Looking up through tree branches
The Hollow
Mixed Media on paper
by Heather McAteer
The Wharf
Watercolour collage
by Linda Saul
Geometric landscape
Bilbao Landscape
Mixed Media
by Paul Woolley


Marie Dyson self portrait
Self Portrait by Marie Dyson
from a newpaper cutting 1968

Since 1968, the Marie Dyson Award has been presented to one of our members at the Annual Exhibition for a piece of work judged to be of outstanding merit by an invited assessor. Marie Dyson was described as " of the Guild's brightest spirits... outstanding innovator, whose initiative and enthusiasm had in large measure been instrumental in transforming the nature of our society". This Award was founded in her memory after her untimely death in 1967.


Newspaper cutting from the RGA Archive, kindly looked after for us by The Berkshire Record Office.



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