An open invite to local artists

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Local artists now have the chance to submit their work for the Peterborough City Gallery 2016 Open Exhibition.

Now in its third year, the biennial Open Exhibition is open to artists aged 18 and over working in any form of visual art including painting, film, photography, sculpture, mixed media, textiles, installation, print, and drawing.

All works entered must have been completed in the last two years and will be judged and selected by reputable industry professionals. The 2016 judges are Yasmin Canvin, Director of Fermywoods Contemporary Art, Sarah Brown, Programme Curator of Leeds Art Gallery, and regional artist, Dale Devereux Barker.

The selected works will then go forward to be part of a professionally curated show at City Gallery, Peterborough.

Previous years have drawn a large number of entries - 312 in 2014.

Previously, entries were restricted to the PE postcode area only, this restriction has now been lifted and artists are welcome to apply from any area.

Artists are invited to enter up to three artworks with the prospect of winning one of five awards, including the First Prize Maxwell Memorial Prize of £1000 and the popular People’s Choice Award of £250, as well as the addition of two new prizes.

Nisha Keshav, winner of the 2014 Maxwell Memorial Prize, said: “I entered three photographs from my personal project on Holme Fen into the Open Exhibition 2014, and winning the first prize enabled me to develop and exhibit a solo show Lines in The Landscape at the City Gallery this summer.

“ I am so grateful to Vivacity and City Gallery for giving me amazing opportunity.”

The deadline for entrants is the 22nd February 2016, the exhibition preview event will be on March 17 where the prize winners and awards will be announced. The exhibition will then be open to the public from March 18 to June 15.

Entry forms are available from October 2015 from City Gallery and Vivacity venues, and is also available to download online at