Our first Open Art Competition was held in 2016/17, attracted over 50 entries and raised £1200 for our charity that year, Andover Young Carers.

It was such a success that we have decided to run it again.  The 2017/18 Open Art Competition will have as its theme.

The Natural World

This is to reflect our chosen charity this year, Andover Trees United.

Andover Trees United Logo

Andover Trees United Logo

Andover Trees United is a registered charity working with schools and youth groups to create a new accessible urban woodland area open to all as a place of learning, conservation, and enjoyment of the natural environment.  Find out more about them by visiting their website. Andover Trees United

The application period for entries will open on 15th September 2017 and run until 31st October 2017.  Work must be returned to the gallery by 21st December 2017 for the Competition Exhibition which takes place 16th January to 3rd February 2018.  Please note therefore, that this is NOT a Christmas art competition – we don’t want a lot of robins and reindeers in the gallery in January!

This year for the first time there are two categories.  Adult (16+) and Young Persons aged 11 to 16 years.

For both categories we will provide a frame (23cm x 23cm) which must be used, but you can fill it any way you chose, use the mount or not.   Any medium is acceptable but entries should be on theme.   All work must be original and not used in a previous competition.  Please note that work must not be signed on the front as we want it to be judged anonymously.

Work must be submitted to the Gallery by 21st December 2017 with a completed entry form attached.

Entry to the adult competition is £8.  Best in Show will be judged by a guest artist and a representative of the charity and receive a £150 prize.

Entry to the Young Persons category is £4.  The prize is a £50 voucher for the picture chosen by our judges.

There will also be a prize for the ‘People’s Favourite’ based on votes during the exhibition which could go to any entry as it is voted for by visitors to the exhibition.

Please note.  Work entered becomes the property of the competition and will be sold on behalf of our charity during the competition exhibition.  Exhibition dates 16th January to 3rd February 2018.

Click here to see last year’s winners. http://www.sheepshedgallery.co.uk/exhibitions/open-art-competition-entries/