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Thursday, August 02, 2018

Over 100 artists exhibit their work at the Lancashire Open Exhibition 2018

The prestigious Lancashire Open Exhibition has been unveiled to the public. Over 350 artworks were considered for selection, submitted by artists from across the UK, with 203 now exhibited for members of the public to enjoy.

The Gallery, which is run by West Lancashire Borough Council, hosts its annual Open Exhibition until September 19. Each year, it's a celebration of talent, from accomplished amateur through to professional, and gives visitors the chance to see a variety of inspiring works created by talented individuals in a wide range of media.

If you're interested in purchasing real artworks, rather than mass produced prints, the Open Exhibition is a great way to source original pieces to suit all budgets as pieces range from small scale watercolours, prints and photography to large scale contemporary oil paintings, 3D works and textiles. It is a truly diverse exhibition with something for everyone to enjoy.
All the works were judged by guest selectors Tracey Eastham and Martyn Lucas, who are both established artists, curators and academics.

Several works of art received commendations and the overall winners were:

Student Prize £150: Ali Barker, Fugue (Synaesthesia 130), Painting on Draped Canvas
Third Prize £200: Carole Dawber, Victoria Park, Textile
Joint Second Prize £200 each: Katherine Dereli, Wendy, Oil on Canvas and Kathryn Poole, The Earth was Disturbed at His Grave II, Pen & Ink Drawing.
First Prize £800: John Angus, Portrait E2, Screenprint

Councillor Yvonne Gagen, West Lancashire Borough Council portfolio holder for Leisure, said: "The Open is one of the Gallery’s most popular exhibitions, where there is something for everyone to enjoy. This exhibition offers an excellent opportunity for any would be art collectors as the artworks can be purchased at very reasonable prices or through the Own Art Scheme, an interest free loan organised through Arts Council England."

Visitors can also vote for their own favourite to be awarded the People’s Prize, and all those who vote will be in with a chance to win a £50 cash prize.

If you would like a tour of the Open Exhibition please contact the Gallery on 01695 571328 or email chapel.gallery@westlancs.gov.uk. There are free family-friendly gallery based activities available during every exhibition at the Chapel Gallery for people to explore, engage and enjoy.

The gallery, on St Helens Road, is open from 10am to 4.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday. The gallery also has a café and craft shop, and admission is free. For more information please visit Chapel Gallery (external link) or Chapel Gallery, or email chapel.gallery@westlancs.gov.uk or call 01695 571328.

For more information on West Lancashire Borough Council events please visit events.

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