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Staffordshire Moorlands Open Art 2014 gets underway at the Nicholson Institute in Leek

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 27, 2014

  • Collections officer Clare Griffiths with the piece 'Celtic Cross' by Neil Harris.

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A NEW exhibition of locally-created art has been unveiled in Leek.

And the organisers of the annual Staffordshire Moorlands Open Art Exhibition have been truly overwhelmed by the number of art entries that have been submitted.

Clare Mellor, the curator of the event, which is being staged at the Nicholson Institute in Leek, said: "We have seen an unprecedented number of entries this year.

"We have received nearly 200 pieces of art, which has meant that for the first time since we have been involved in the event we have had to take the decision to reduce the entries down to a more manageable number to ensure we showcase the art in the best way within the gallery space."

Georgia Hamilton-Smith who organises the event alongside Clare said: "We never know how many artists will turn up.

" This year the artists just kept on coming – it's been wonderful to meet so many familiar faces alongside a significant amount of newcomers to the competition.

"We love to see the diverse range of art once we have placed it on display.

"Over the years this event just keeps growing in popularity and is a testament to the creativity and artistic flare that is found in the region."

There is in the region of 140 entries on display at the Nicholson Gallery, Stockwell Street for the exhibition, which runs through to Saturday, May 17.

The exhibition, which includes photography, painting and drawing, contemporary applied art and sculpture, forms part of the annual Leek Arts Festival calendar of events.

It provides artists with an opportunity to present their work to an independent panel of judges. This year prizes will be awarded in the 2D/3D and Photography category, alongside a Staffordshire Moorlands District Council sponsored highly commended prize of a year's membership to the Staffordshire Enjoy Art website, worth £100.

The Staffordshire Moorlands Open Art 2014 prize ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 17, at 1pm at the Nicholson Gallery.

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