6th April 2018


I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for entering the VAO Prize 2018.

I am pleased to announce that your application has been selected to go through to the next stage of the competition which is determined by the judging panel.

Our judges are meeting on the 20th of April to select our Finalists and you will be notified of their decisions after this date.

The standard of entries this year is extremely high and, artists who are successful will be entered into the final stage of the competition (Finalists).

The overall winners will then be announced at the Finalist Exhibition at Chester Arts Fair 2018 (16-18th November, at Chester Racecourse). This year we will also be holding a VAO Finalist Exhibition at the Chester Cathedral (26-29th October 2018).

The judges will be looking at your work in detail and if you have additional images of your work that you think will help highlight its quality, detail or scale, please send this to us within a week of today.

Kind regards


Visual Art Open

Jasmine Collins – Events & Marketing Assistant

T: 01244 952020 I  E: info@visualartopen.com W: www.visualartopen.com

Suite C, 2nd Floor, 9 Abbey Square, Chester, CH1 2HU

27th February 2018

I decided to apply for the Visual Art Open in Chester and the following pieces were included in my application – the printed web page shown below.

Resting Place

  • £100
  • 594 mm (W) x 420 mm (H)
  • Laminated Photograph on Foam Board

In response to the events at Treweryn in the 1960’s where the local population was evicted and the valley, their home was flooded to provide water to the people of Liverpool. The village of Capel Celyn was destroyed and many of the graves remain under water to this day.

Artwork 1 - Resting Place - Michelle Wright

Left Behind

  • £100
  • 594 mm (W) x 420 mm (H)
  • Laminated Photograph on Foam Board

Left behind references the many objects from daily life that must have been left behind when the villagers from Capel Celyn were evicted to make way for the strongly opposed reservoir Llyn Celyn in the 1960’s.

Artwork 2 - Left Behind - Michelle Wright.JPG



  • £100
  • 594 mm (W) x 420 mm (H)
  • Laminated Photograph on Foam Board

Drowning alludes to the sense of helplessness that the villagers of Capel Celyn must have felt when they were evicted and their valley flooded to provide water to Liverpool. The Treweryn Bill was passed in parliament and local opposition to the bill was ignored.

Artwork 3 - Drowning - Michelle Wright

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