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Exhibition celebrates the creativity of East Midlands’ artists

Published on Tuesday, December 12, 2023

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Artwork from a previous year's Open exhibition

AN EXHIBITION that showcases artistic talent from across the East Midlands will open at Leicester’s flagship museum on Saturday (16 December).

Open: The People’s Exhibition will feature works by local people – from complete beginners to seasoned professionals – that were selected by a panel of independent judges from almost 1,000 entries.

The paintings, sculptures, textiles, prints and photographs on display have been created by artists aged 19 and over who live or study in Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire or Northamptonshire.

Work by young artists aged five to 18 will also be on display, with a number of schools in the region also participating.

Cllr Adam Clarke, deputy city mayor for culture, said: “The annual open exhibition attracts a huge amount of interest from all kinds of artists.

“It’s been running for more than 30 years, providing a platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their work in the fabulous surroundings of the Leicester Museum & Art Gallery, and it’s a great way to celebrate the rich artistic diversity of the region.

“From Saturday (16 December), members of the public will be able see all these extraordinary works for themselves – and maybe be inspired to take part next year.”

All the artworks on display are available to buy, with prices starting at £50, and purchased pieces can be collected from the museum after Sunday 21 January.

The Open exhibition at Leicester Museum & Art Gallery opens to the public on Saturday 16 December and runs until Friday 19 January 2024.

Leicester City Council is grateful to the following organisations for their generous sponsorship:

  • Arch Creative
  • Art House
  • Leicester Museums & Galleries Development Trust
  • Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN) East Midlands
  • Curve
  • De Montfort Hall
  • LCB Depot
  • Leicester Gallery
  • Leicester Print Workshop
  • Leicester Lo-Fi Photography
  • Soft Touch Arts
  • The Spark Arts for Children