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Pioneering female jockeys and inspiring female equestrian artists

07 August 2017

Four finalists for The Silk Series Best Racing Picture by a Female Artist Award, chosen from the Society of Equestrian Artists (SEA) Summer Exhibition, have been selected to go forward to a public vote.

This award supports The Silk Series, a new race series from Arena Racing Company (ARC) worth £100,000 providing opportunity to champion pioneering female jockeys hosted at nine Ladies’ Days at ARC racecourses between May and September.

The successful artist wins a £1,000 commission to produce a piece of work celebrating The Silk Series and female jockeys. This will be presented to the overall winning jockey of The Silk Series after the final race on Ladies’ Day of the St Leger Festival at Doncaster on 14th September. The commissioned artist will also receive an ARC Corporate Membership with access to all ARC courses during 2018 and the finished piece will hang at the 38th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Equestrian Artists – Horse in Art (23rd September to 7th October at Sally Mitchell’s Gallery at the Museum of the Horse in Tuxford, Nottinghamshire).

The finalists...
Vote by Twitter

Follow @SilkSeries – view profiles and find out more about the finalists, view their work then cast your vote. Voting opens on 14th August and closes at midnight on Saturday 19th August. The winner will be announced on Monday 21st August.

ARC Director of External Affairs and Women in Racing Committee member, Susannah Gill, said: “The Silk Series seeks to celebrate pioneering sportswomen and provide an opportunity for them to showcase their talent across our racecourses. We are delighted to partner with the Society of Equestrian Artists so that this award can provide a unique opportunity for a female artist to have their work recognised and celebrated as part of The Silk Series.”

Visit thesilkseries.com for the latest Silk Series league table results and www.equestrianartists.co.uk for artist profiles and progress of the final piece of work.

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About the SEA

The SEA was founded in 1979 under the Chairmanship of Norman Hoad, a notable equestrian and aviation artist. It exists to promote the practice of equestrian painting and sculpture and to advance public education and appreciation of this art. It does this by arranging public exhibitions, holding workshops and encouraging, through mutual criticism, discussion and example, the highest levels of artistic competence and showcasing members\' works through their website – www.equestrianartists.co.uk

As a charity foundation the SEA relies on its members to fulfil voluntary roles with regard to organisation and running of exhibitions and the general administration and management.

The 38th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Equestrian Artists – Horse in Art, 23rd September to 7th October: The recognition exhibition that remains the prime Annual Open Exhibition of the SEA, Horse in Art is returning to Sally Mitchell’s Gallery in 2017 at the Museum of the Horse in Tuxford, Nottinghamshire. The event showcases the very best in equestrian art, including painting, drawing, sculpture and original print.


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