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The Knowsley Open Art Exhibition is back!

by Alison Cornmell

Are you an artist who lives, works, volunteers, or studies in Knowsley with a passion for sharing your creations? Kirkby Gallery is inviting you to submit your work to be showcased in the 19th Bi-Annual Knowsley Open Art Exhibition.

The art showcase was put on hiatus last year during the COVID-19 pandemic but is returning to Kirkby Gallery from Monday 20 September to Saturday 20 November.

Artists of all ages, including young artists under the age of 18, will be given the opportunity to submit up to two pieces of work which will be displayed in Kirkby Gallery and visitors will be invited to vote for their favourite pieces with prizes awarded to painting, drawing, photography and printmaking.

In the Adult category, prizes of £150, £75, and £25 vouchers for art supply store Rennie’s will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. There are three prizes of professional art supplies for the Young Artist category and an additional £50 Rennie’s voucher awarded for the Reg Robinson Prize; a special award in tribute to local artist Reg Robinson, a dedicated painter who entered works into the Open Art Exhibition from its outset and sadly passed away in 2013. This Reg Robinson Prize will be awarded to a selected artist who echoes the skills and creativity that embodied Reg’s work.

Additionally, and new for 2021, are the three Adult Disability Service Prizes, which consist of personalised professional art supplies which will be awarded to contributions from Knowsley’s disability service users.

A well as visual art, this year the Open Art Exhibition presents framed examples of creative writing linked to the Stories From Beyond the Door creative writing project.

Stories From the Beyond the Door, was delivered by The Friends of Kirkby Gallery & Prescot Museum community group and closely ties with Knowsley’s year as Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture year in 2022 which is themed around ‘storytelling’. The creative writing project, which took place during periods of lockdown, brought together people from across the borough and has generated work that reflects their experiences of the last year. The Open Art Exhibition gives the participants their first public opportunity at sharing some of their writing.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said:

“The Knowsley Open Art Exhibition is fantastic example of how art and culture brings people together; from the artists creating these fantastic pieces to the public who see and engage with the work.

“Knowsley is preparing to become Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture next year and this exhibition demonstrates the passion and creativity we have here in the borough.

“The work displayed also expands what our notion of art is and what inspires us to make it; while the outcomes can be writing, photography, drawing, painting etc, the Open Art Exhibition always demonstrates the range of inspiration that’s out there, whether that be our families, nature, the architecture of where we live or issues affecting us.”

The application deadline to enter is Friday 13 August.  Applications can be made by posting in the form below to Kirkby Gallery, Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby L32 8XY, but we recommend that the online entry form is completed to get forms in on time.

Entries can also be completed online at https://www.prescotmuseum.org.uk/knowsley-open-art/ Please note that entry forms will only be accepted from individuals who live, work, volunteer or study in the borough of Knowsley.