Open in­vite for cre­atives to put work on dis­play

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

ARTISTS are en­cour­aged to en­ter their work into the Mac­cles­field Open Art Ex­hi­bi­tion, which has been cel­e­brat­ing creativ­ity in our town for the past five years.

The an­nual com­mu­nity ex­hi­bi­tion, held at the Silk Mu­seum, is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for il­lus­tra­tors, ce­ram­i­cists, painters, de­sign­ers and cre­atives to ex­hibit their work, with prizes for the six favourite en­tries.

Vicki Grif­fiths, from the Silk Mu­seum which hosts the ex­hi­bi­tion, said: “Last year’s ex­hi­bi­tion was the big­gest, and by general agree­ment, the best yet, with 225 works ex­hib­ited by 148 artists.

“Al­though ini­tially in­tended to show­case lo­cal tal­ent, the ex­hi­bi­tion now at­tracts many en­tries from much fur­ther afield.

“And this year the to­tal prize money and num­ber of awards have been in­creased again, thanks to con­tin­u­ing spon­sor­ship from Mac­cles­field Mu­se­ums, Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil and Mail Boxes Etc.”

There will be six awards: the Mac­cles­field Open Award of £300, two Judges’ Awards of £100 each, a £100 Silk Mu­seum Award, and a £100 award cho­sen and do­nated by Mail Boxes Etc.

There is also Vis­i­tors’ Choice cat­e­gory, voted for by vis­i­tors to the ex­hi­bi­tion; this £100 prize is awarded once the votes have been counted at the close of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Pre­vi­ous win­ners in­clude Claire de Ruiter, from Mac­cles­field, whose stun­ning pic­ture of a heron earned her the cov­eted ‘ Vis­i­tors Choice Award’. A paint­ing by Peter Davis, from Wilm­slow, was cho­sen by staff at Mail Boxes Etc, who spon­sor their own prize. Peter also won the Silk Mu­seum award in 2015 with his por­trait ‘My Mother Joyce’.

The com­mu­nity ex­hi­bi­tion runs from Satur­day, De­cem­ber 9, un­til Satur­day, Jan­uary 20, and artists can submit up to two pieces of work.

Or­gan­is­ers will choose the fi­nal pieces wor­thy of ex­hi­bi­tion.

Hand­ing-in days at The Silk Mu­seum are Friday and Satur­day, Novem­ber 17 and 18, be­tween 10.30am and 3pm.

En­try forms and guide­lines are avail­able from Mac­cles­field Li­brary, Mac­cles­field Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, and Mac­cles­field Mu­se­ums.

You can also down­load forms from the Mac­cles­field Open Art web­site www. mac­copen. org. uk and Mac­cles­field Mu­se­ums’ web­site www.macc l e s f i e l d m u s e u m s. co.uk/5th.

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