30 Years: Exhibition of Painting Competition winners

An exhibition to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Gibraltar Heritage Trust’s annual painting competition is on at the Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery at Casemates. Close to 300 artworks are held by the Trust in its collection which have been accumulated over the years. The exhibition is showing 82 of them which have been selected to show a variety of sections and artists.

The Trust has been running a painting competition on an annual basis since 1990 with the competition going from strength to strength year on year. The winning artworks from each year are held by The Trust and the collection is a record not only of iconic historical locations but also the work of local artists, amateur to established to professional.

The paintings are a snapshot of Gibraltar’s heritage sites over the last 30 years, many of which have been re-developed, restored or repurposed in some way, yet the majority still retain their historical charm. 

The aim of the competition is to capture Gibraltar’s History and Heritage and interpret this through artwork, encouraging participants to stop and really look at a historical place or building in a bid to capture its essence through artistic media. By stopping to paint or sketch a site, it gives one a chance to really study it, its appearance, main characteristics and contemplate the stories of those that may have interacted with it over the centuries. 

The Trust would like to thank the sponsors that have supported the event at various intervals over the years: The Friends of Gibraltar Heritage Society, McKillopSmith, EY and Gibraltar Cultural Services.

The exhibition is open to the public from Wednesday 17th to Wednesday 5th December. Opening from 11am to 6pm and 11am to 2pm on Saturday 30th November. Entrance is free.