The winner of Marlow’s prestigious art competition has been revealed.

The Marlow Arts and Crafts Society revealed on Friday, May 23 that resident and art enthusiast Wilma Johnston-Ball won the organisation’s Ted Try Competition, which encourages artists across Marlow and the surrounding ears to submit their work which is based on a theme.

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This year’s theme was ‘Out of this World’ with artist Linda Scott being this year’s judge.

The winner of the competition, as well as the other participants, would have had their work displayed at the society's annual art exhibition but due to coronavirus, this has been cancelled.

The artist who wins the contest, will also win the Ted Try trophy.

Commenting on the winning piece, Linda said: “It is a strong image and a skilful use of mixed media.

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The winning entry by Wilma Johnston-Ball

“It’s fragmented portrayal of a person appearing fearful and anxious depicts how many must be feeling in lockdown - life disrupted, cut off and out of the world.

“It is an unusual and thoughtful interpretation of the theme and is resonant of the images of people confined to their homes unable to have direct contact with friends and family."

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This just beat Alison Pink’s entry which came in second.

Comment on the runner up’s piece, Linda added: “An intriguing image comprising the virus escaping or being forced out of this world alongside an amorphous cloud-like formation, which from some angles is resonant of a person."

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The runner-up by Alison Pink

In total, 22 pieces of work were submitted - 21 by individuals and one as a collaboration of nine artists who attend the society’s Thursday Class.

To see a slideshow of the entries, visit