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By May 28, 2020 No Comments

The Gibraltar Spring Visual Arts Exhibition is organised by Gibraltar Cultural Services on behalf of the Ministry of Culture. Unfortunately this year, due to COVID, the exhibition has been organised in a digital format. A total of ninety four entries by fifty two artists have been submitted.


International artist Javier Perez Plata carried out the judging in the painting, sculpture, photographic, video and installation categories.  The Minister for Culture, The Hon Prof Dr. John Cortes presented the awards in a closed door ceremony held at the John Mackintosh Hall.



The Prize winners are:



The Ministry of Culture Award – £3,000         Kristel Turner              ‘Empty Register’


Painting, Drawing, Prints &

Digital Painting Award- £750                               Sebastian Rodriguez  ‘Backbone’



Sculpture Award – £750                                           Ermelinda Duarte        ‘Stay Home. Stay Safe?’



Photograph Award – £750                                      Kristel Turner              ‘Empty Register’



Video Award – £750                                                   Stephen Perera          ‘Violence is Violence’



Installation Award – £750                                            Alan Perez                 ‘Exodus’



Best Gibraltar Theme

The Kishin Alwani Foundation Award -£1000           Paul Cosquieri             ‘Rockopop No.2’



Best Young Artist

Sovereign Art Foundation Award-£1000                    Cheyenne Randall      ‘Firefighter 28’                                                                                         



The following received ‘Highly Commended’ Certificates:


Leslie Gaduzo                                                             ‘Greyfriars Edinburgh’ & ’Figure in White Robe’

Maribel Matthews                                                   ‘Brave Rock’ 

Eleanor Dobbs                                                            ‘Underway – Ships in the Straits Series’

Karl Celecia & Gabriella Martinez                  ‘Lockdown’

Ambrose Avellano                                                     ‘Life Jacket’

Julia Costa                                                                      ‘La Renaissance de la Femme’

Reuben Avellano                                                         ‘Rainy Days: The Diary of Simon Durrow’



The Minister for Culture, Prof Dr John Cortes said:

‘I am very proud of my team at GCS, and in the way they transformed Culture, during the Covid crisis. I am delighted with the amount of entries we have received despite the lockdown and congratulate all the artists, regardless if they have won or otherwise, on their exceptional work.

Our Development Team is preparing a Spring Visual Arts programme that will be aired shortly on GCS and Art In Gibraltar Facebook pages. Even though we have on this occasion been unable to produce an exhibition, we do hope our community will be able to admire the great work from the artists, in this programme.’