Artists invited to submit art for Staffordshire Moorlands Open Art 2015

Daffodils by Darren Roberts

Daffodils by Darren Roberts


Artist are invited to submit entries for this year’s Staffordshire Moorlands Open Art Exhibition which is held at the Nicholson Gallery a wonderful location to showcase your artistic flair.

Clare Mellor and Georgia Hamilton-Smith organisers of the exhibition have been overwhelmed in previous years by the quality and range of art that has been submitted from across the region and beyond. Last year saw a range of artists both new and existing, showcasing their art with a broad spectrum of creative talent.

Clare Mellor said ‘once again we would like to invite artists located around the area and beyond to consider entering their work into the exhibition. This is a true Open which means you don’t have to be a professional artist to enter your work, we have seen some extraordinary talent from artists in previous years. We are looking for art that covers photography, painting & drawing, contemporary applied art and sculpture.

Georgia Hamilton-Smith advised, ‘last year we had a number of new artists joining the exhibition for the first time, we would love to build upon previous success and invite more newcomers again this year. The exhibition runs from Saturday 18th April to Saturday 23rd May and art should be handed in on Saturday 11th April at the Nicholson Gallery between 10.30am and 3pm. Up to 3 submissions can be made for an entry fee of £10.’


  • Art hand in date – Saturday 11th April 2015
  • Exhibition Opens – Saturday 18th April 2015
  • Prize Ceremony, final day of exhibition & art collection – Saturday 23rd May 2015

As usual the Exhibition forms part of the annual Leek Arts Festival calendar of events and provides artists with a fantastic opportunity to present their work to an independent panel of judges. The organisers run the exhibition voluntarily and any funds raised are ploughed back into the event providing prize money for a 2D/3D category and photographic category prize alongside a public vote prize and an SMDC sponsored prize too. The prize ceremony will take place on Saturday 23rd May at 1pm at the Nicholson Gallery.

  • Main content: Clare Mellor – 07814 773340
  • Submitter and secondary contact: Georgia Hamilton-Smith – 07715 338099

For full terms and conditions you can find entry forms at the Tourist Information office in Leek, the Nicholson Gallery Stockwell Street, Spout coffee shop or simply turn up on the 11th April. Please contact Clare Mellor on 07814 773340 with any enquiries.


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