Three Counties Open Art Exhibition 2021: Virtual Exhibition

‌Things are still a little uncertain, and following on from the success of last years virtual Three Counties Open Art Exhibition, we are back again ONLINE to virtually showcase for a second year running local artwork from artists in Cheshire, Staffordshire and Shropshire.


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 the uncertainties around COVID-19 and following on from last years successful virtual exhibition we will again showcase a virtual show. Again, 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 again supporting us with the 'audience prize'. The show will of course return to Burslem School of Art in 2022 and hope to see you there.

The show will return to Burslem School of Art in 2022.

The Three Counties Open 2020 virtual show is now open. You are welcome to visit the exhibition which is organised over 4 rooms and features work from 118 artists. Follow the link below to enter the rooms of 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 exciting pieces visitors will be able to discover

Artists: Angela McGourlay | Bernadetta Dziubinski | Chris Moult | Clive Wilson | Craig Sumner | Daisy Baker | David Gleeson | Doug Blanks | Ian Naylor | Indira Verdi | Jack Skinner | Joan Chatteron | Keith Potts | Lara Wilkinson | Lee Stephenson | Luca Rezzano-Rayner | Martyn France | Neil Vodrey | Nicholas Moore | Peter Flecther | Peter Davies | Philip Johnson | Tina Rogers | Tosia Dziubinski | Wendy Irwin | Catherine Doel | Alexander Nicholson | Roger Chadderton


ROOM 2 includes abstract art, still life, animals and political and personal experience including environmental concerns

Artists: Dawn Jutton | Geoff Archer | Hilary Brandsom | Jiri Borsky | Karen Wise | Leila Kelly-Everill | Pamela Sturges | Philip Dare | Ruth Tucker | Gillie Nicholls | Jeffri Klamp | Karl Whitfield | Neve Ellis | Philip Hardaker | Raji Mahesh | Steve Sutton | Andy Day | Angela James | Ann Hackett | Anthea Bond |April Star Davis | Belinda Latimer | Charon Dyas | David Lunt | Emily Stock | Helena Shave | Linda Towell | Lisa Goodridge | Marg Yates | Nigel Turner | Philip Mills | Ron Coleman | Veronica Wells


Room 3 includes work received from Haywood Academy, City College, Mill Hill Primary School and Trentham Academy.

Artists: April Newhouse | Cara Wilshaw | Cassie Lawrence | Charlotte Moore | Elle-Mae Roberts | Ethan Wrench | Gemma Pedley | Grace Gething | Logan Gibbons | Macy Whalley | Reka Ispan | Surayya Asif | Caitlyn Wood | Luciana Velasco-Diaz | Li Li | Alisa Hussain | Ben Colclough | Courtney Harvey | Emy Mulankaya | Joe Potts | Lauren Jones | Nathan Hemmings | Tiegan Martin


Room 4 includes work which focuses on urban, sea and landscapes

Artists: Allison Swindell | Faye Rowe | Ken Bradshaw | Anna Drezova | Barbara Barlow | Edward MacKenzie | Heliana Pacheco | Jayne Pellington | Kate Collins | Lucy Manfredi | Mark Lippett | Michael Perry | Michael Pritchard | Noel Bennett | Russell Gregory | Svetlana Elantseva | Terence Stock | Anita Preece | Caroline Baggeley | Emma Wharton | Evon Maxfield | Gill Stokes | Helen Board | j Lyn Leech | Jake Hall | Jill Brown | Jo Polmear | John Whitehill | Kathryn Rogerson | Lesley Howse | Mike Reeves | Philip Shallcross



This award is back for 2021 and developed with support from our Open Art partners Appetite. The Award will hand over the decision making process to exhibition visitors who will be able to select their favourite piece from a shortlist of 21. The artist whose piece receives the most votes will receive an award of £250. Voting is now open until 6 September with the winner announced on 10th September, cast your vote HERE!


A number of prizes were announced at our online preview night on 30 July, full list of prizes can be found here.


Harun Morrison (b. London, currently navigating the UK Inland Waterways) spans various media in his practice including text, video, sound and spatial design. His ongoing interest in the shifting potentials of civic space is informed by being a boater, which in turn prompts questions about land ownership in relation to itinerancy, and the degree to which living on water affects one’s relationship with the environment and state infrastructure (notably sewage, administrative systems and the National Grid). He is currently has a solo exhibition at Eastside Projects, Birmingham; 'Experiments With Everyday Object' 19 May - 31 July 2021. Instagram @harunishere

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 Cultural Champion and coordinates Burslem Welcomes.

Illustrator, Designer and Mural Artist.  Her work is based around her love of the local area of Stoke-on-Trent as well as creating fun, bright and playful murals.  She has worked with clients such as the National Literacy Trust, Staffordshire University, Appetite, Port Vale and Newcastle Under Lyme council.

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 joined the Three Counties Open as a partner in 2020 and are sponsored the Audience Prize Award and then went onto co-ordinate and manage the production and installation of the successful Three Counties Cubes which have toured the local area since autumn 2020.

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.




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