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Thursday, May 15, 2014

West Lancashire Open Exhibition 2014 – Call for submissions!

If your family and friends think you have artistic talent, now’s the time to show your work to a larger audience by taking part in the popular West Lancashire Open Exhibition 2014.

Amateur and professional artists alike have chance to exhibit at Chapel Gallery so, even if you’ve never exhibited in an art gallery before, this is an excellent opportunity to get your work seen by the general public.

Entry forms are now available so contact the Chapel Gallery staff to request your copy. If selected, your work will be exhibited at Ormskirk’s prestigious gallery from July 19 to September 3. 

Dave Tilleray, Assistant Director Community Services, said: “This is an annual exhibition but no two years are ever the same. There’s a diverse collection of artworks on display and a different panel of guest judges presiding over each selection. So, even if you've never exhibited your work before, this is a great introduction to the process, as each West Lancashire Open Exhibition includes work from most disciplines and anyone can enter.”

Applicants must be 18 years old or over and can submit two original pieces of artwork to be viewed by the selection panel.  All media entered will be considered, from drawing, painting, printmaking and three-dimensional work to photography, sculpture and textiles.  Submissions will be accepted on July 4 and 5 from 10am to 4.30pm.

The first prize is £800, with a second prize of £400 and £200 for third place.  Commendations are also awarded along with the prestigious Peoples’ Prize, voted by visitors to the gallery. This year, there is also a prize for Best Print and Best 3D Work.

The winner of last years Peoples’ Prize, voted for by visitors to the gallery, was Anthony Ogden. He was awarded an exhibition fee of £150 and selected to exhibit a number of his portrait paintings in the Making Faces Exhibition at the Chapel Gallery, which proved to be immensely popular.

He said: “Winning First Prize at the Chapel Gallery Open Exhibition in 2010 has provided much publicity and multiple opportunities for me to exhibit my work at a variety of galleries, including other prestigious shows at the Waterside and Haworth galleries. I have since exhibited at the Chapel Gallery’s “Making Faces” Exhibition in 2014.

“I was absolutely delighted to be informed that I was the winner of the “People’s Prize” in their 2013 Open. I feel very honoured to win this prize as it is voted for by members of the public. This wonderful gallery has been instrumental in my further success.” 

Entry forms can be downloaded from the gallery's website (external link) or Chapel Gallery, or requested by calling 01695 571328. Alternatively, pop into the gallery, in St Helens Road, Ormskirk, which is open from 10am to 4.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

Large scale two-dimensional and three-dimensional works must be submitted by photograph only. The gallery should be in receipt of these submissions by Friday 28 June. They should also include a completed entry form and a first class stamp. See the application form for details.

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