Art gallery invites contest entries

HUNDREDS of pounds worth of prizes are up for grabs in one of the area's most prestigious arts competitions.

Entry forms are now available for both amateur and professional artists who wish to submit work for next year's Ferens Art Gallery's open exhibition in Hull.

The popular annual showcase opens on Saturday February 12.

The organisers say people can collect forms and guidelines from the gallery's reception desk.

The artworks must be submitted between Monday January 10 and Saturday January 29.

The prizes include the Friends of the Ferens Award, with a first prize of 200, second prize 130 and third prize of 70.

Another 300 will go to an entry chosen by Bohemia Galleries, and a 150 prize will go to the best student entry chosen by architecture firm Browne Smith Baker.

The selectors this year will be Sally Greaves-Lord, a textile artists who is currently working on a commission for Durham Cathedral and exhibitions officer Neil McGregor, from Doncaster museum and art gallery.

Claire Longrigg, Hull Council's assistant curator of exhibitions at the gallery, said: "The Open Exhibition is always extremely popular.

"The Ferens Art Gallery and the selectors are looking forward to receiving entries from not only well-established and popular artists but new and emerging talent."

She added: "It also offers the chance for visitors to buy an original work of art at reasonable prices."

There is an entry fee of 3 and 1.50 (concessions) for each piece of work submitted and as many as three works can be entered.

Entry forms are available by post by sending an SAE to Ferens Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Square, Hull, HU1 3RA or sending an email to museums@hullcc.gov.uk.

The Gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 10am until 5pm and on Sundays from 1.30pm until 4.30pm. Admission is free.