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Artists invited to take part in popular Open exhibition

Published on Friday, September 1, 2023

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Exhibits at a previous Open exhibition in Leicester

LOCAL artists are being given a chance to present their work at Leicester’s flagship museum, as preparations for this year’s Open exhibition get under way.

The popular annual Open exhibition is a showcase for artistic talent from across the East Midlands – open to anyone, from complete beginners to seasoned professionals. 

Entries for this year’s exhibition are now open and artists have until 11.59pm on Saturday 30 September to submit their online applications.

Submissions are invited from artists aged 19 and over who live or study in Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire or Northamptonshire.

There is also a category for young artists aged five to 18.

After the closing date, a panel of judges will select the paintings, sculptures, textiles, prints and photographs that will go on display in December at Leicester Museum & Art Gallery on New Walk.

Cllr Adam Clarke, deputy city mayor for climate, economy and culture, said: “Leicester’s annual open exhibition attracts a huge amount of interest from all kinds of artists.

“It provides a platform for emerging and established artists of all ages to showcase their work in the fabulous surroundings of Leicester Museum & Art Gallery – and it’s a great way to celebrate the rich artistic diversity of the region.”

Entry fees for the Open are £15 for a single piece of work, £25 for two and £30 for three pieces. Concession rates are available for students and the over 60s, and entries for young artists are free of charge.

The Open exhibition opens to the public on Saturday 16 December 2023 and runs until Friday 19 January 2024.

Artworks will be on sale, while outstanding pieces will be awarded prizes donated by local businesses and groups.

Further information, the online application form, and full terms and conditions are available here