SKarts would like to congratulate the winners of the Open Contemporary Art Exhibition 2013.

There is also a selection of photographs on the Preview Evening 2013 page, SKarts would like to thank Adrian McGarry who kindly agreed to volunteer his time to take this year’s photographs of the Preview Evening.

Now in our third year the Open Contemporary Art Exhibition 2013 was conceived with a focus on high quality new contemporary art that is representative of the broad range of art being created in the UK today.

To keep our exhibition contemporary and exciting we only accept NEW artwork that has been created in the last 12 months and has never been exhibited before in Stockport Art Gallery or other public art gallery.

Artists are invited to submit a maximum of 2 works for a submission fee of £6 each. An independent panel of judges will select works of high artistic quality whilst ensuring  a diverse and appealing exhibition.

the Open Contemporary 2013 art exhibition is organised by SKarts  and will be held at the Stockport Art Gallery from 27th July to 31st August 2013.

The total value of Prizes & Awards will be be in excess of £2000

There is a special award for artists aged under 25

News! The Under 25s Award is now worth £200, thanks to generous sponsorship by Manchester School of Art

The exhibition couldn’t happen without the help of volunteers who generously devote their time. Everyone is a volunteer, the committee, the web team, the curatorial team, the handing in team… Whether you are submitting art work or not, consider what help you can give to keep this event happening year after year.

Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to appreciate many works of various media including oil, watercolour, printing, sculpture, ceramics and textiles. As most artworks on display will be for sale visitors will have a great opportunity to buy some of the best contemporary artworks available in the region. Visitors may simply enjoy the visual experience and admire some outstanding talent.

SKarts are sure the exhibition will provide a friendly, engaging atmosphere for art lovers of all ages and backgrounds. There will be something for everyone to enjoy, and entry to view the exhibition is absolutely free.

SKarts, an entirely voluntary organisation, formed initially without any source of funding and had to rely on the hard work of key members. Just prior to the 2011 exhibition the Arts Council recognised the importance of this regional event with a grant which helped enormously with the running costs.

With generous donations and support from our sponsors SKarts will be able to offer a number of valuable Prizes & Awards for the third Open Contemporary exhibition in 2013. All of the entry fees go to the costs of producing the exhibition, catalogues, publicity printing, judges fees etc. and to provide the Prizes & Awards. SKarts members do not derive any financial benefit from the event.


The definition of ‘Contemporary’ as applied to the Open Contemporary.

Contemporary used in the context of this exhibition is defined as work completed within the last 12 months and as such the exhibition is expected to include an extremely wide range of styles and backgrounds. As work made in the early 21st Century, it is both likely and acceptable that the work may reflect, or draw on past and present artistic movements.

This exhibition should include where possible the wide spectrum of artistic endeavour currently found in the UK. It is in no way the organiser’s intention that this exhibition should be seen solely as ‘cutting edge’ but that it should encompass ‘all’ while maintaining a high standard. Artwork should be considered from an artistic and not a commercial point of view.


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