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Painter wins national art title
Sally Moore with her work Changeling
Sally Moore won the award with her work 'Changeling'
An oil painting by artist Sally Moore has won the top prize at the 2005 Welsh Artist of the Year competition.

Moore, originally from Cardiff but now working in London, received 2,000 for the overall award for Changeling.

It is the fifth year the competition has been held.

Around 100 of the 500 entries, in a variety of media, will form an exhibition at Cardiff's St David's Hall until 23 July.

Moore was also awarded 1,000 for winning the painting category.

She said she was delighted and overwhelmed at the prizes.

Thomasin Toohie won the Best Newcomer prize with this untitled piece
Thomasin Toohie won the Best Newcomer prize with this untitled piece

Other winners included painter Thomasin Toohie, who was named best newcomer.

Judges in the competition - which is open to people of Welsh descent working in the UK or who are living and working in Wales - awarded prizes and commendation to 16 artists and craftspeople.

Adam Murray, a printmaking student at UWIC, was handed the student award for his etching Ode to Motherwell, while the drawing award went to Angela Blewett.

In the sculpture category, Robert Harding's steel work The Druid's Egg won through, and the overall craft prize was won by Steve Thompson.

A new mixed media category was presented to Rob Piercy for his work Fellowship Meeting.

The winners were announced at a ceremony on Sunday ahead of the exhibition opening on Monday.

Event founder and organiser Gaynor Hill, St David's Hall Exhibitions Officer, said she was delighted with the response to the competition.

"It was open to both established and emerging artists, sculptors and craftspeople," she said.

"The exhibition provides a rich tapestry of contemporary artistic practice from Wales and beyond."

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