SMALL but perfectly formed evokes Salisbury Arts Centre’s annual small pictures exhibition.

This exhibition must be one of the most successful in the city, drawing in as it does, both professional and amateur artists and covering all genres of media from photography and glass to textiles and watercolours.

This year’s exhibition was judged by Peter Riley, curator of the John Creasey Collection of Contemporary Art based at Salisbury library.

First prize went to New Forest artist Alison Bolton with her painting, Winter, described by Peter Riley as: “Very evocative. The slightly dark and moody feeling captures the bleak Wiltshire landscape with long shadows, at the end of a long cold day.”

Second prize was awarded to Victoria Slater for her pin-hole camera photograph called Swanney. Peter particularly liked this piece describing it as “an especially engaging and intriguing image”.

The third prize went to Amanda Bates for her felt piece, Norfolk Gray II. Peter explained his attraction to the piece after he tried working with felt earlier in the year and explained:“It is not as easy as it appears to be.”

For the second year running the Arts Centre is also giving exhibition visitors the chance to award a prize to an Audience Favourite. Last year, Diana de Vere Cole took the prize for her mackerel painting. To vote, visitors are asked to fill in a voting slip at the venue.

  • The Small Pictures Exhibition runs at Salisbury Arts Centre until Saturday, November 1 and is the perfect opportunity to buy high quality, affordable art. The exhibition space is open Tuesday to Friday 9.30am – 5pm; Saturday 9.30am – 4pm. Entry is free.