Three Counties Open Art Cubes

This illuminated exhibition will see 4 huge cubes take centre stage as they tour from Stoke-on-Trent to Newcastle-under-Lyme and complete their journey at Keele

Following on from the success of the first virtual Three Counties Open Art exhibition this summer, we now have an exciting opportunity to showcase some of the talented work from the exhibition by artists from Cheshire, Shropshire & Staffordshire.

Appetite and ArtsKeele are really excited to be bringing The Three Counties Cubes to life over the coming months. This illuminated exhibition is perfect for the darker days and will see 4 huge cubes take centre stage as they tour from Stoke-on-Trent to Newcastle-under-Lyme and complete their journey at Keele University in the New Year.  The cubes will feature some of the works from the summer show.

Run by ArtsKeele the Three Counties Open Art Exhibition has been taking place since the early 2000s and since 2017 has taken place in the historic Burslem School of Art. It is ‘open’ to anyone from Staffordshire, Cheshire and Shropshire to submit a piece of artwork. In spite of the pandemic, The Three Counties team and partners were committed to making it happen in 2020 and the project this year took place virtually with 145 works appearing in the online exhibition in August.

Appetite got involved in the exhibition this year and offered a brand new prize – the Appetite Audience Choice Award. This saw Appetite’s Supper Club come up with a shortlist of 20 works which were then put to the public to vote for their favourite. The winner, runners up and shortlisted pieces can all be viewed as part of the exhibition.

The Cubes will also highlight winners from different categories of the exhibition and some COVID inspired works.

Audiences are welcome to visit the cubes in the following locations:
Tuesday 24 November – Wednesday 27 January: Newcastle Town Centre.
Saturday 30 January - Tuesday 6 April- Trentham Gardens, Trentham
Thursday 9 April - Friday 18 June- Keele University campus
Saturday 19 June- Sunday 18 July- King St, Kidsgrove - NEW DATES CONFIRMED!

You are welcome to visit the FULL exhibition which is now available to view until Spring 2021.  The exhibition is organised over 6 rooms and features work from 145 artists. Follow the links below to enter the 3D space...

Visit the exhibition one room at a time:

ROOM 1 features art with a focus on people. Portraits, character studies, figurative works are just some of the exiting pieces visitors will be able to discover.
Artists: Adele Dobson | Anna Drezova | Beth Wyatt | Carly Broomfield | Carrie Pletscher | Chris Moult | Chloe Deacon | Daisy Baker | Darren Washington | David Gleeson | Dean Brindley | Dom Marshall | Ed Catley | Hannah Hannon | Jack Skinner | Jackie Saxton | John Whitehill | Lora Jin Looi | Lyngard Simpson | Meg Hancock | Nick Moore | Pamela Sturges | Peter Davis | Philip Johnson | Reece Phinease Card | Roberta Riley | Roger Chadderton | Sarah Peart | Sue Chatterton | Valerie Kilfo


ROOM 2 includes art inspired by and created in response to urban landscape and the built environment.
Artists: Alan Jones | Anthea Bond | Craig Sumner | Cyril Tilstone | Elliot Avis | Emma Wharton | Erica Brook | Grace Hancock | Helen Morgan | Jill Brown | Joan Chatterton | Julia Brown | Kath Squire | Laura Greene | Martyn France | Michael Pritchard | Mike Rennie | Olivia Sant | Penny Beautiman | Ron Coleman | Ruth Tucker


ROOM 3 includes art inspired by natural and rural environments.
Artists: Andy Day | Angela James | Ann Dutton | Ann Roche | Catherine Doel | Geoff Archer | Gill Stokes | Ian Mood | Jackie Jamieson | Jan Slater | J Lyn Leech | Jo Thacker | Karen Wise | Katy Alston | Kay Caven | Lisa Goodridge | Lisa Henderson | Louise Adams | Mark Lippett | Nikki Johnson | Mike Reeves | Raji Mahesh | Stephanie O'Donnell | Stephen Liddle


ROOM 4 includes art inspired by and created during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Artists: Andy Jeffrey | Angela McGorulay | Caroline Deighton | David Finney | Gillie Nicholls | Hilary Brandsom | Ian Naylor | Ian Slade | Indira Verdi | Jiri Borsky | Kate Collins | Kate Gandalfo | Malcolm Hague | Pewter Wulker | Rob Burke | Russell Gregory | Katie Jones


ROOM 5 includes art with a focus on animals, nature and still life.
Artists: Amber Tivendale-Wood | Barbara Barlow | Carlota Castilho | Chloe O'Reilly | Darren Roberts | Darryl Walker | Dylan Robinson | Gabriela Merta | Gill Smith | Helena Shave | Jake Hall | John Barker | Joshua Osowiecki | Lauren van Helmond | Leila Everill | Liam Phillips | Linda Webb | Lucya Jurczak | Maisie Philips | Shannon Cooke | Sheena Kelly | Vlada Zake | Wendy Irwin


ROOM 6 includes art which draws upon 'story'be this fantasy, myth, personal experience or current/ historic political and environmental concerns.
Artists: Alexander Nicholson-Ward | Alex Harford | Amy Louise-Robinson | Bernadetta Dziubinski | Bhavna Parmar | Chloe Jade Saggers | April Star Davis | Edward Mackenzie | Elizabeth Jardine Godwin | Ethan Lemon | Grace Taylor | Helen Plester | Jack Stancliffe | Jacqueline Walsh House | Jim Sadler | Keith Malkin | Lilli Hoiting-Li | Lily Martin | Maggie Moorcroft | Neil Vodrey | Noel Bennett | Olive Julia Smith | Olivia Kerswell | Patricia Smith | Philip Dare | Philip Hardaker | Rebecca Davis | Svetland Elentseva | Tamsin Robinson


NEW FOR 2020! 

The Audience Choice Award.

This Award is new for 2020 and developed with support from our Open Art 2020 partners Appetite. The Award handed over the decision making process to exhibition visitors who were able to select their favourite piece from a shortlist of 20. The artist whose piece received the most votes will received an award of £250, you can view the winner here.

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