Chester Art Centre Open Exhibition



We are happy to invite new and established artists to enter our Open Exhibition, which is going to be very different from what you might have previously participated in.

We are not asking for your original pieces of work, all we need is the digital IMAGES that can be printed off as A3 on our Giclee printer (FREE OF CHARGE!) to be displayed in beautiful hotels,  stylish restaurants, funky bars and other exciting business venues across Chester, where the people of Chester and its visitors will be  able to see them and choose the winners through our voting system. The exhibition will run throughout the summer and the winners will be announced in early September.

The importance of visual arts to the future of Chester is fully recognised by Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Heritage and Visual Arts Strategy that was adopted by the Cabinet meeting of 15th March, based on a thorough analysis of what motivates people to visit the City. Chester Art Centre in Northgate Street is in the centre of the area designated in the 2012 One City Plan as Chester’s Arts Quarter and just 100 metres from the new theatre (The Storyhouse) opening in May. This initiative is intended to bring together the arts community and local businesses to take up the opportunities that are emerging this year.

We are looking to exhibit up to 200 PIECES OF ART belonging to the flowing 4 categories:

Oil and Acrylic paintings



Digital and Tattoo art

For the winning artists working in ‘Oils and Acrylics’ as well as ‘Watercolours’, the PRIZES will include

-£200 Windsor and Newton art supplies
-£100 Giclee print fees
-Two weeks solo exhibition
-Award and certificate

For the 2nd place:
-£100 Windsor and Newton art supplies
-£50 Giclee print fees
-Second place certificate

For the 3rd place
-£100 Windsor and Newton art supplies
-Third place certificate

PRIZES for the winners of ‘Photography’ and ‘Digital and Tattoo Art’ categories will include

-£300 Giclee print fees
-Two week solo exhibition
-Award and certificate

For the 2nd place
-£150 Giclee print fees
-Second place certificate

For the 3rd place
-£100 giclee print fees
-Third place certificate


We require a £5 administration fee paid at Chester Art Centre or via PayPal to to enter UP TO 5 artworks per artist with a note confirming your name, email address and phone number (if applicable)

Once the fee has been paid, you will need to send us an email with digital images of your ART to In order to be able to produce high quality prints we require all the images to be send as TIFF files. This is important. If you do not have high-resolution images, we would be happy to photograph your art for you for a small fee. You will also need to send us your artist statement, the names of each piece of art and a brief description of each piece.

Upon receipt of your images, we will email a disclaimer to you stating that your images will only be used for the competition and no more than 1 image of each piece of work will be printed unless one sells – then we will produce another print to replace the piece of art that sold.

ALL of the prints will be sold framed and mounted for £50 with 40% payable to the artist.

A board of 5 judges including professional artists and business people will be choosing 200 BEST images to be displayed around Chester and the winners will be chose by the public.

This Open Exhibition has NO THEME, so feel free to enter any images you wish, however, please do keep in mind that those will be displayed in public spaces.

The DEADLINE for submissions is May 30th. The successful pieces will be chosen by June 5th.

Thank you and GOOD LUCK!

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