Henrietta Stuart at the 21st National Open Art Exhibition

“It has become second nature to enter into competitions and open exhibitions. We choose are images and send them off into the ether over the internet and with them our hopes and fears. It is then that we start building our defences against the email that tells us that we have not been selected but thank you and better luck next time. So imagine my happiness at having got two of my paintings pre selected to the shortlist for the National Open Competition. The paintings were then labelled and wrapped and shipped off to Chichester and the waiting began again. This time we tell ourselves that it is brilliant just to have been shortlisted and try to curb our excitement. Then the day arrives for the results . I have to read, reread and check again. This time the email says CONGRATULATIONS the following paintings by Henrietta Stuart, Inland from Achiltibuie & Coastal walk, have been selected to be shown in the 21st National Open Exhibition at the Bargehouse London. I am bubbling with excitement and cannot wait to see my paintings hung with the others in the exhibition”

Henrietta Stuart

21st National Open Art Exhibition will run from 17 – 26 Nov 2017 at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH