An amateur Rotherham artist who entered a Gallery Town competition to celebrate Eric Twigg’s 50th anniversary has won £200 in cash and her height in Pukka pies.
The competition asked local artists from amateur to professional to get involved in celebrating the food businesses 50 years of operating in Rotherham by creating a piece of art reflecting its history.
The competition was inundated with entries varying from photography to sculpture to fine art drawings, however it was Rotherham based Rachel Lewis’s artwork that took the judges eye.
Rachel’s piece turned Rotherham United’s football stadium into a deep filled pie, taking inspiration from the Eric Twigg Pukka Pie stand. The piece also turned the front of the stadium into a row of shops showing the breadth of industries across which the business now operates.
Founded in 1966 by Chairman, Eric Twigg, the business has become well-established both locally and regionally and remains a family run operation. Based in Parkgate, Rotherham the business distributes various brands of industry leading food products throughout the north of England and is probably most famous for delivering the much loved Pukka Pie.
Along with winning the competition Rachel will be exhibiting her work with Rotherham Society of Artists at the Open Up event. This will be held at Westgate Chambers, Westgate, Rotherham, 11am-4pm on 30th April-2nd May and 7-8th May
Matthew Twigg, Eric Twigg Foods Managing Director said: “This year is a big year for us as the business celebrates its 50th anniversary. We are a family run business that has operated out of Rotherham for the last 50 years and counting. We were really pleased with all the entries we received but Rachel’s stood out to us and appealed to our connections not only in football stadia, but also covered the other diverse aspects of our business and the industries that we cover. She is a worthy winner and I’m sure she’ll enjoy her height in pies; just not all at once hopefully.”
Gallery Town Project Manager, Ged Omar said; “It’s great to see established local businesses supporting the project through unique initiatives like this. The competition was lots of fun and the funds raised from Eric Twigg Foods will help towards regenerating the town centre. If any other businesses are thinking about running a unique competition or project then do contact us – after all who would think that pies, art and regeneration would go so well together.”
Rachel Lewis, competition winner said “I am thrilled that my painting has been chosen as the winner of the Eric Twigg Foods 50th anniversary competition. I would like to thank Ged Omar of Gallery town for organising the competition and Eric Twigg Foods for sponsoring this event. It is great to see a successful local company supporting art in Rotherham.”