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Celebrated writer and artist to judge leading Swansea competition

A writer and artist whose work is recognised across Wales and the world are to judge a leading Swansea competition.

Glynn Vivian art gallery

Durre Shahwar and Richard Billingham will cast their expert eyes over the hundreds of entries to the 2019 Swansea Open.

Shortlisted items will be exhibited at the city's Glynn Vivian Art Gallery from December 7.

Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's cabinet member investment, regeneration and tourism, said: "We're delighted that Durre and Richard will judge this year's Swansea Open.

"Their input means that Swansea artists can be sure that their work is being chosen by two people who are experts in their fields and passionate about art.

"As Swansea marks its first 50 years as a city, this will be another great way to celebrate."

Durre Shahwar is a writer, editor and creative facilitator.

She is the co-founder of Where I'm Coming From, an open mic series that promotes black, Asian and minority ethnic writing in Wales.

Richard Billingham is a photographer, filmmaker and teacher.

He was the first recipient of the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize (1997) and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2001.

They will be joined on the Swansea Open selection panel by a Glynn Vivian representative and an external observer.

The Swansea Open is an annual art competition open to anyone who lives or works in Swansea (SA1-SA9). It celebrates art and craft of all forms. The selected works from the submissions are exhibited in the gallery. Last year 223 works from around 190 Swansea artists were shown in Swansea Open 2018.

Entry deadline is November 24.

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