Open Art Exhibtion, Chester

It’s nearly time for the annual Open Art Exhibition at Chester’s Grosvenor Museum.  First collections of entered artwork happen next month, so if you’re a visual creative there is still time to get making or to look back over your recent artwork.  I’ve decided to enter one of my paintings this year too.

The exhibition is intended to  “present the best in contemporary art from the region, giving artists in the area a chance to show their work and providing a diverse and stimulating exhibition for the public.” Though visual arts are allowed in any media, this does exclude performance, installation and work requiring electricity.  I’m not sure whether the restrictions are based on funding or practicalities of the building, but it does seem a shame to me that a competition aiming to be contemporary would exclude media such as video, animation, or even audio. Let’s hope this changes over time.

A total of £1,950 will be awarded in prizes.  The First Prize is £1,000, with a Second Prize of £500 and a Third Prize of £250.  The Peter Oakley Award of £100 will be presented by Cheshire Artists’ Network.  Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to vote for their favourite work, and the Visitors’ Choice will win £100.

The exhibition will be selected by Dr Jeremy Turner, Programme Leader BA Fine Art, University of Chester; Adrian Sumner, artist; and Peter Boughton, Keeper of Art, West Cheshire Museums.  The exhibition will be opened by Sally Tallant, Artistic Director, Liverpool Biennial.

Entry forms are available from Ruth Marshall at the Grosvenor Museum, telephone 01244 972109 or e-mail

Bringing in days are 27 and 28 February 2015.   The exhibition will run from 12 March – 17 June.

Good luck to those who enter, I look forward to seeing the selected works in March.


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