In the frame for Open Art exhibition 


Bolton Museum is throwing open its doors once again to the town’s budding artists as preparations for its Open Art exhibition get underway.

This will be the museum’s fifth Open Art competition and artists have just two months to put brush to canvas and submit their entries.

The entries will be considered by a panel of independent judges, including Helen Stalker, assistant curator at Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester; Vanessa McDermott, community development officer at Bolton at Home; and Yvonne Hardman, art gallery officer at Touchstones art gallery in Rochdale.

Prizes, sponsored by Ken Bromley Art Supplies, will be awarded for first, second and third place. There will also be a Visitors’ Choice Award as voted by the general public and presented at the end of the exhibition.

Submissions are welcomed from anyone aged over 16, who currently live, work or study within Bolton. There are two classes for submission – wall mounted work, including paintings, wall hangings, photography, textiles, and plinth or free standing work such as sculpture, ceramics and glass.

The exhibition will run at Bolton Museum from Saturday, December 7, 2013 to Sunday, February 2, 2014.

Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Councillor Anthony Connell, said: “The Open Art exhibition at Bolton Museum is one of the highlights of the calendar for budding artists throughout the borough. It is a very popular competition and usually results in hundreds entries each year it takes place.

“The exhibition gives people a chance to have their work on display, often for the first time, and the judges normally have a tough choice on their hands in deciding on the final cut. It’s usually a very high standard of entries and I look forward to seeing the wealth of talent we have in Bolton once the final exhibition is put together. I’d like to wish good luck to everyone who enters.”

Entries should be submitted in person to the museum on Friday, November 15 or Saturday, November 16 between 10am and 4pm.

For more information about entry guidelines and to download an entry form, visit the museum website.

Paper copies of the entry form are also available from Bolton Central Library and Museum, Le Mans Crescent.

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