Visitors' Choice Prize announced

Published on: 
9 November 2023

The Visitors’ Choice Prize has been voted for by visitors over the duration of the THG Open 2023 exhibition (2 September - 28 October 2023). 

We are delighted to announce that emerging artist Octavia Madden is the winner for her artwork 'Colour of the Harbour'. Many congratulations!

Octavia is a painter based in East Devon who recently graduated with a Fine Art degree from Aberystwyth University School of Art. Her work explores light, dark and colour through the portrayal of the nocturnal landscape of Aberystwyth,

The winning artwork focuses on Aberystwyth harbour. The triangular, geometric shapes became a motif representing the masts and rigging of the fishing boats. There are reflections of light in the water and the artificial lights of the town are set against the darkness of the sky and mountains.

The painting sits within a larger body of work exploring darkness and light addressing environmental issues such as light pollution and dark sky reserves.

The prize of £100 is kindly sponsored by The Holt, Honiton

Young artist Octavia Madden winner of visitors' choice prize at Thelma Hulbert Gallery