THREE COUNTIES OPEN ART EXHIBITION ARTHUR BERRY PRIZE


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Posted on 03 October 2011
"Since its launch, the Three Counties Open has proved an outstanding success in attracting entries of the highest quality from artists throughout Cheshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire."

Keele University's Open Art Exhibition has an added attraction of a major new prize this year.  The Arthur Berry Prize is worth £1,000 and the prize-winner will be selected from all entrants to the exhibition aged over 16 years.

Keele University’s long standing Three Counties Open Art exhibition has gained a reputation for being one of the outstanding opportunities for artists from Staffordshire, Cheshire and Shropshire to show their work.  It is for this reason that the generous award has been made by the Arthur Berry Trust.

Arthur Berry was a gifted painter, poet and playwright.  He was born and bred in Stoke on Trent and returned to the city after a short time teaching at the Royal College of Art and Chelsea. He was industrious and committed to his art and to the landscape of North Staffordshire, producing a large output of paintings that are now in many public and private collections, full length plays and volumes of poetry. A charitable fund was established after his death in 1994 and it is from this legacy that artists of today will benefit.

First prize in the competition is £300, with a second prize of £100 and third prize of £50. The Exhibition will run from November 8 to December 13 – receiving days for the exhibition are Friday 21 October between 10 am and 4 pm and Saturday 22 October between 10 am and 1 pm.

Exhibition organiser, Marion Gidman, said: "Since its launch, the Three Counties Open has proved an outstanding success in attracting entries of the highest quality from artists throughout Cheshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire.
 
"The aim of the exhibition is to give artists in the region the chance to show their work to new audiences. I am sure the entries will prove an outstanding attraction for visitors to the Art Gallery at Keele University."


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