Three Counties Open Art Online

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. A number of prizes will be available and this year.

Submissions for inclusion is now closed.  Selected work will soon be showcased in the online exhibition from the end of July through August 2020.

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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).  More prizes may be announced...

We are excited to announce this year's judges...

Harun Morrison is an artist and writer currently living on a narrow boat on Regent’s Canal. Alongside Helen Walker, he co-founded the collective art practice ‘They Are Here’ in 2006. He is the current 2020 Wheatley Fine Art Fellow. Forthcoming activities include an exhibition at Eastside Projects in 2021, new soundwork in the Dakar Biennial 2020 and the design of a community garden in Liverpool, Merseyside, commissioned by Rule of Threes.  Since 2019 Harun has been a trustee of the Black Cultural Archive.
Instagram: @harunishere | Twitter: @HarunMorrison

Amanda runs Barewall Gallery in Burslem. She has supported the development of the Open Art Exhibition since it moved to Burslem in 2017 and prior to then was involved as a judge. Amanda is passionate about regeneration especially in Burslem and Stoke on Trent, she is a Cultrual Champion and coordinates Burslem Welcomes.

Appetite works with a range of local and national artists and communities to deliver an expanding menu of artistic projects to develop the local appetite for the arts. Appetite is part of the Creative People and Places programme, initiated and funded by Arts Council England. They join the Three Counties Open as a partner in 2020 and are sponsoring the Audience Prize.

ArtsKeele have coordinated the Three Counties Open Art since 2013. They very much look forward to receiving entries for the show each year and seeing the broad range of art being created across the Three Counties.

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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