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Art lovers are in for a treat

Art lovers are urged set dates in their diaries - South Holland's premier exhibition is opening its doors very soon.

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The 17th South Holland Open Arts exhibition takes place in the Function Hall at the South Holland Centre in Market Place, Spalding, from March 2 - 9.

The popular annual event, which has been running since 1999, aims to showcase the best work by professional and amateur artists from across the region. 

Cllr Gary Taylor, portfolio holder for arts development, said: "The quality of artwork is always extremely high and I'm certain this year's event will be no different.

"I'm looking forward to visiting the exhibition and admiring what I'm sure will be an impressive variety of work. We've had 252 entries this year which is the most we have had for a long time."

Over the past few months artists have been busy creating pieces for the exhibition, with the final entries chosen by an independent panel of judges.

All sorts of art will be on display including paintings, drawings, photography and sculptures.

Once again the public will be invited to nominate their favourite work.

This year there will be three prizes up for grabs, these are:


The Public Vote Trophy - presented to the artist whose artwork receives the most votes from visitors to the exhibition.

Best Newcomer - Sponsored by Riverbank Studios £100 will be awarded to an artist entering the contest for the first time, chosen by the judges.

Photography Prize: Sponsored by Shutter Hub a prize of 1 year's free membership of Shutter Hub and an artist feature in their blog will be presented to the best photography entry chosen by the judges.


The Open Arts exhibition is free to visit and will be open at the following times:

Thursday, March 2 from 2pm - 6pm

Friday, March 3 from 10am - 3pm

Saturday, March 4 from 10am - 7.30pm

Sunday, March 5 from 2pm - 4pm

Monday, March 6 from 10am - 4pm

Tuesday, March 7 from 10am - 3pm

Wednesday, March 8 from 10am - 7.30pm

Thursday, March 9 from 10am - 4.30pm


For more information about Open Arts contact the Community Development Team on 01775 761161 or email

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