Rugby Open celebrates the cream of contemporary artistic talent

RUGBY Art Gallery and Museum has started the search for top contemporary artists to showcase works in the Rugby Open 23 exhibition.
06 September 2023

Artists have been invited to submit pieces for consideration for the Open, with the overall winner receiving £1,000 and the chance to stage a solo exhibition in Rugby Art Gallery and Museum's Floor One Gallery.

Artists based in Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Coventry can enter the Open, with submissions accepted from across the arts - including painting, drawing, print, photography, textiles, ceramics, jewellery and sculpture.

Selected works feature in the Rugby Open 23 exhibition, which runs at the Art Gallery and Museum from Saturday 25 November to Saturday 3 February.

The exhibition also incorporates the Rugby Youth Open, for artists aged 14 to 19-years-old, with the winner picking up £250.

Katie Boyce, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum's senior exhibitions and programming officer, said: "The Open offers a rare opportunity for emerging artists to present works alongside pieces from established artists in a professional gallery setting.

"We're now welcoming submissions from across Rugby and surrounding counties, and we're looking forward to discovering new talent and sharing it with a wider audience."

Submissions for the Rugby Open 23 must be received by 5pm on Monday 13 November.

Artists can enter the Open online, though pieces must be delivered in person to the Art Gallery and Museum.

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