The country’s last true open art exhibition, the Cafe Gallery Projects 33rd Open, where all the submissions are given wall space, was this year won by Sophie Horton’s Regeneration: The Cuming Museum and Walworth Library, writes Michael Holland. 

Sophie, who lives just yards from the building that was devastated by fire, has created a montage of pencil drawings of the empty, ghost of a once great building that she walks past everyday.  The exhibition’s judges, Sarah Pickstone and James Capper, said ‘The work, we feel, is a fitting note to what is happening around us, and the Cuming Museum remains without a venue, which is dreadful.’

Judy Aitken, Curator of the Cuming Museum, was present to give an update on the renovation of the building, news on projects the museum is involved in while it waits for a permanent home, and to thank Sophie Horton for keeping the building in the public eye at a time when its future is looking quite bleak.

At the presentation of the certificate and £250 cheque, sponsored by Breckman & Co, CGP Director Judith Carlton was pleased to announce that this open has more than 320 artworks on display.

The Cafe Gallery Projects 33rd Open is very diverse so there is something for everyone: photography, oils, acrylics, pencil, video, sculpture, and the majority of the work is for sale at very affordable prices.

the 33rd Open is on at The Cafe Gallery, Southwark Park, SE16 2UA until December 10th. Times: Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 4pm. Phone: 0207 237 1230.