TWO Ilkley artists - Joy Godfrey and Ian Robinson - have been successful in having their artwork accepted for the prestigious biennale Bradford Open exhibition at Cartwright Hall, Lister Park, Bradford.

Ian Robinson, a retired art teacher, has two works on display and received second prize for one of them entitled “Violet and Benito”. This oil painting illustrates the story of Violet Gibson, a British aristocrat, who attempted – and failed – to assassinate Mussolini. The other work is called “Rock Music Map”, a montage of mixed media in the shape of the British Isles and Ireland. A framed print of the latter will be available at Artworks of Otley in the near future.

Joy Godfrey’s work, a mixed media montage entitled “In the Beginning”, evokes images of the early life of this planet using torn paper, paste and pigments which she obtains from Cornellison in London. This piece was previously exhibited in the Laing Exhibition at the Dean Clough Galleries. Her latest works are watercolours on handmade paper and can be seen during the Ilkley Art Trail, October 5-8.

Ian and Joy have both, on separate occasions in the early 1970s, had their work exhibited at the Northern Young Contemporaries exhibition, Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, where Ian again was a prize-winner.

Joy and Ian’s works can be seen at the Bradford Open Exhibition, at Cartwright Hall, until November 12.