Three Counties Open Art Exhibition Online 2020

New for 2020!


Things are a little different this year but we wouldn't want our 2020 exhibition to pass us by, so we are happy to announce the Three Counties ONLINE!

Let's bring together, give profile to and celebrate artwork created by artists from Staffordshire, Cheshire and Shropshire for our first online showcase. 

The exhibition will be available to view online throughout August, more information coming soon on where you can view the artwork.

A number of prizes will be available including The Arthur Berry Prize (£300) Three Counties Open Art 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes (£250, £150 and £50) and the Keele University Young Persons prize of £50; The Burslem School of Art prize (£100); The Sustainability prize from North Staffs Friends of the Earth (£50); Appetite 'People's Prize' (£250).  

The Arthur Berry Prize- Background

Based on a monetary bequest by painter and writer Arthur Berry, a charitable trust was set up in 2000 by the former New Vic Theatre Director, Peter Cheeseman, to award an annual Fellowship to a newly qualified fine artist from one of three art colleges in the region.  When the Trust was wound up in 2011 and the funds dispersed, donations were made both to Keele Arts and the New Vic Theatre Archive Fund, with the condition that the profile and legacy of Arthur Berry be upheld and promoted through associated cultural projects.

The annual Three Counties Exhibition, inaugurated an Arthur Berry Prize, funding for which expired in 2016.

Resulting from a new collaboration between ArtsKeele and BareWall Gallery, the Three Counties Exhibition was held in 2017 for the first time at the Burslem School of Art.  This is where Berry was a student and where he later taught for many years.  The strategic relocation of the Exhibition to Burslem proved successful and is where it will continue for the future.



Three Counties Open Art exhibition usually takes place in the beautiful and historic Burslem School of Art throughout July and August in partnership with the Burslem School of Art Trust, The City Learning Trust and Barewall Gallery. The show offers a platform for artists based in Staffordshire, Cheshire and Shrophshire and there are a range of prizes usually announced at a buzzing preview event. The exhibition is then open during the summer for the public to visit. This year, due to COVID-19, rather than cancelling the summer show we have made the decision to shift it online, whilst we realise that viewing work online is never as good as in 'real life' we still want to keep this important show in the diary! Appetite are also a key partner this year and they are supporting us bring a new 'audience prize' to life. The show will of course return to Burslem School of Art in 2021 and hope to see you there.


We are also looking for a number of artists to create online workshops linked to their practice/ art they have submitted, if you are interested please email us at These roles will be paid


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