The annual Open art exhibition shows a range of art works including painting, photography, print work, textile work and ceramic and it’s the diversity of art practise which makes this exhibition fascinating.

The 2024 Selector’s Choice prize is awarded to Morgan Griffith for mixed media piece ‘A Descent into the Maelström

Morgan Griffith:

“You have had a good look at the whirl now,” said the old man, “and if you will creep round this crag, so as to get in its lee, and deaden the roar of the water, I will tell you a story that will convince you I ought to know something of the Moskoe-ström.”

Edgar Allen Poe 1841

This new body of work, which was started last September, 2023, may resemble a fresh start to those who are acquainted with my art practice.

To me the transition is a trail back to the beginning. To paint. To my roots as a painter.

Collage is, and will be an important part of my practice as an Artist.

For the years after I graduated in 2003, I have transitioned between collage and painting, often merging both within the works.

Painting over certain areas, or scratching away at others to reveal old surfaces created over time and incorporating these hidden marks into new work.

A Descent into the Maelstrom, along with other pieces of work in this series represents a new vigour in my process and indeed my mood, after years of dealing with my mental health.

Tunnels, portals and voids represent a way out, a salvation. A way back from the brink.

“Collage is the noble conquest of the irrational, the coupling of two realities, irreconcilable in appearance, upon a plane which apparently does not suit them.”

Max Ernst


The 2023 Selector’s Choice prize is awarded to Toria Collins for her textile piece ‘Cynefin Coll / Lost Belonging’.

In addition five other artists have also been Commended.

Toria Collins takes inspiration from the scenery of north Wales. Exploring ancient techniques of joining cloth, hand painting, airbrush application and utilising modern equipment Toria uses her professional skills to bring fabric to life. Her work aims to capture the gentle rhythms and harmonies found in the Welsh landscape.

Don’t forget, when you visit the exhibition at Storiel, you can vote for your favourite artwork that could then become eligible for the People’s Choice prize, donated by Cyfeillion Storiel.


🎉 Congratulations JONATHAN RETALLICK, Winner of the STORIEL Open 2022 Selectors’ Prize!
With a very big thank you to Lisa Eurgain Taylor for being on our panel as this year’s guest Selector.