Bedford talent bags top prizes in art competition

Arabel Rosillo de Blas
Arabel Rosillo de Blas

Artists from Bedford have swept the board in a competition open to all artists living, working or studying in the Eastern region.

Nearly 200 entries were submitted to the annual open exhibition, Eastern Approaches, which is organised by The University of Hertfordshire Galleries.

The overall winner is Bedford-based Arabel Rosillo de Blas, originally from Spain, for her mixed media work Homescape #31.

Her prize is a solo exhibition of her work at UH Galleries next year.

She said: “It is a great, great honour to win this prize. It came as a big surprise but also at the perfect moment in my career to be able to make the most of the solo show.

“Opposite to what some people might think, I believe living in the Eastern region (basically not London) is full of possibilities.

“It has definitely been very helpful for my work and its involvement with local communities, organisations and local companies.

“There is great power in the small scale and daily life to become large and ambitious.”

Other winners include Catherine Baker, Hannah Birkett and Faye Spencer, all from Bedford.