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Open invitation to local artists

Published on Monday, April 3, 2017

THE SEARCH is now on to find the paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, sculptures and craft that will feature in this year’s Open Art Exhibition in Leicester.

Artists hoping to showcase their work at Open 28 – which runs from 8 July to 19 August 2017 – must submit their online applications by Friday 19 May. 

A panel of independent judges will then select the very best works to feature in this year’s Open.

Assistant city mayor for culture, leisure and sport Cllr Piara Singh Clair said: “The Leicester Open is a wonderful opportunity for talented local artists to showcase their work.

“It always attracts the very best work from around the East Midlands, and I’m sure that this year will be no exception.”

Owing to ongoing building works at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, this year’s exhibition will take place in the refurbished Old Library Gallery at the Leicester Adult Education College on Belvoir Street.

Arranged over two floors, the gallery has been redecorated in readiness for the exhibition – and head of arts and museums Sarah Levitt believes that the change of venue could introduce a new generation of artists to the competition.

“With the works to install a new staircase at New Walk Museum still under way, and with a major touring exhibition – Splendours of the Sub-Continent – booked in from early July, we had to find an alternative venue for this year’s Open,” she said.

“The Old Library Gallery will provide a very different backdrop for this year’s exhibition – and it’s a very accessible city centre venue. 

“It could be that the change of venue attracts a whole new audience, and that the competition is enriched by entries from artists who wouldn't have thought about entering the competition before.”

Now in its 28th year, the Open welcomes work from artists living or working in Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire or Northamptonshire.

Work featured at the Open will be available for sale – giving members of the public the opportunity to acquire original work at an affordable price.

Entry fees for the Open 28 exhibition are £7 for one piece of work, £10 for two and £13 for three pieces by the same artist. There are concessions for NUS cardholders and artists aged 60 and over.

Further information, full terms and conditions, and the online application form will be available at from Friday (7 April).