St Helens Open Exhibition

St Helens Open Art Competition Exhibition 2006 open to the public until 8 July

Saturday 17 June heralded the opening of this year’s exciting local Open Art Competition. The first day saw a great number of visitors in both the exhibition venues – the Rainford Gallery, above the main library and 5athegallery at 5a Bickerstaffe Street – who came to view, enjoy and purchase new and original selected art works from talented emerging and established local artists. Visitors can see an excellent array of works created in various traditional and contemporary styles, including sculpture, oils, acrylics, embroidery, charcoal, glass, watercolour and photography. Visitors of any age are encouraged to vote for their favourite work to win the People’s Choice Prize which will be announced on July 8 at the St Helens Arts Festival.

The selection process proved to be a really tough job again for this year’s judges, as 180 artworks were received from busy St Helens artists who were all hoping to have their work chosen for exhibiting. The invited judges included Jeremy Ford the President of the S.A.A., Lynn Ben-Youseff Northwest based Artist, Ken Martin owner of View Two Gallery, Liverpool, Rachel Bishop Carmel College Art Student and Godfrey Pilkington owner of Picadilly Gallery, London.

The two galleries are only 5 minutes walking distance from each other. The Rainford Gallery is situated above the main library in Victoria Square and 5athegallery is opposite the NHS Walk-in Centre on Bickerstaffe Street between the towns main bus and train stations.

For further information and gallery opening times please call Cathryn Hegarty 01744 455492 or Jess Bowstead 01744 20466.
The Open Art Competition is part of the St Helens Arts Festival.