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South Holland Open Arts 2019 entries now open

Entries are now open for professional and amateur artists to enter the 19th South Holland Open Arts Exhibition, taking place from the 4 April until the 10 of April at the South Holland Centre in Spalding.

Artists are welcomed to enter this highly prestigious competition which showcases the best work created by artists who living and working in the district of South Holland and the surrounding region.

The contest is open to anyone over the age of 14 who is living or working in: Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Norfolk, Leicestershire or Fenland.

Artists may enter up to three original pieces of work in the following media types: 3D, photography, digital, oil, pencil, pastel, watercolour, acrylic and gouache.

An independent panel of judges will then assess the pieces and choose a selection which demonstrate a diversity of ideas, styles and methods, which will be displayed at the exhibition.

The three categories include: the public vote trophy, best newcomer, which is sponsored by Riverbank studios with a prize of £100 and the young person award (14-18), sponsored by Spalding Picture Framing with a prize of £500 worth of vouchers to be used by the winner to frame their own pieces of artwork.

Cllr Gary Taylor, portfolio holder for communities and facilities, said: “This long established and ever popular event has a proud history of attracting highly talented artists from all over the East of England during its nearly two-decade history.

“I’m sure this event will boast the same high standard, and that we will witness lots of visitors and fantastic pieces. I can’t wait to see the artwork on display this year and to meet some of the creative individuals who made them.

“There are brilliant prizes up for grabs and it is a great opportunity to share your work, whether you’ve been an artist for 9 days or 99 years. I hope as many people as possible will take part and come together to share their work and their passion for the arts.”

If you wish to enter the contest or know someone who would like to, please complete an Open Arts entry form and submit it along with photographs of the work to South Holland District Council’s Community Development team by Friday 22 February.

Full details on how to enter and the rules can be found in the entry form. Entry forms are available from South Holland District Council, The South Holland Centre, Ayscoughfee Hall Museum, libraries and galleries around South Holland and online at www.sholland.gov.uk/openarts.

For any further information or to receive an entry form, contact the Community Development team on 01775 761161 or please email community@sholland.gov.uk.

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