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ARTIST Lau­rence O’Toole was the win­ner of the Sig­nal Arts Cen­tre ‘Best In Show’ prize for the gallery’s 7th an­nual open exhibition.

The exhibition opened on Tues­day, Au­gust 6 and will con­tinue un­til Sun­day, Au­gust 18. The win­ner was an­nounced at the open­ing re­cep­tion last Fri­day evening. The artist was pre­sented with a prize of €1,000 for the piece ‘En­joy Yourself, It’s Later Than You Think’. Artist Emer O’Boyle was the judge of this year’s com­pe­ti­tion. She is the co-found­ing di­rec­tor of UCD Par­ity Stu­dios, a univer­sity wide artists in res­i­dence pro­gramme. Emer’s first break fol­low­ing her grad­u­a­tion from NCAD in 2006, was the Sig­nal Arts Cen­tre, Artist in Com­mu­nity res­i­dency, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Lit­tle Bray Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre and St. Fer­gal’s Re­source Cen­tre. O’Toole’s piece was one of 12 shortliste­d by the evening of the re­cep­tion. Three of his paint­ings were in the list of the fi­nal 12.

A found­ing tenet of Sig­nal Arts Cen­tre is the be­lief that there is a huge amount of ta­lent that goes un­recog­nised and that an op­por­tu­nity should be there for all artists to ex­hibit their work. The Sig­nal Open Exhibition is now in its 7th year and has be­come an an­nual event in artists’ cal­en­dars.

The Cove Steps, Grey­stones by Anna O’Rourke. Lau­rence O’Toole with his win­ning art­work ‘En­joy Yourself, It’s Later Than You Think’ and (right) what it looks like when closed.

De­vo­tion by Ray Cor­co­ran.

Ne­bu­lous by Nate Jam­mett.

Tide Meets Stream by Colm Brady.

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