The dust is finally beginning to settle after the final flurry of entries which came in for our Open Exhibition. It’s been a busy few months, but we are delighted with the quantity and quality of entries this year – definite proof, if any were needed, that Northern contemporary art is alive and kicking.

All the work is now with the judges for short-listing with a view to notifying the successful artists in early September. The work will then be hung at the Bowes Museum ready for the final judging, and prize presentations, on Friday 16 October.

We are also currently putting the finishing touches to the workshops and talks which we will be running alongside the exhibition at the Bowes. As soon as everything has been finalised, we will put all the details on our Events page, so remember to keep an eye on there to find out what’s happening when.

Once again, a big thank you to all the artists who entered. We look forward to meeting some of you in October.

[Painting by William Hogarth]

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