Harley Gallery launches search for Britain’s most exciting artists

Visitors admire paintings at the Harley Gallery on the Welbeck Estate.
Visitors admire paintings at the Harley Gallery on the Welbeck Estate.

A search for Britain’s most exciting artists has been launched by the renowned Harley Gallery on the Welbeck Estate.

For artists of all ages and experience are invited to enter the popular biennial competition, the Harley Open, and they are encouraged to let their imaginations run riot.

Gallery director Lisa Gee said: “The Harley Open gives us a thrilling insight into what Britain’s artists are making now. We love getting entries from established artists, but it’s just as important to us to see work by people who are just starting out or maybe haven’t shown much of their work in a gellery before.

“We get entries that are serious or funny, detailed or abstract, traditional or really wacky! It’s the diversity that makes the Open so successful. It attracts lots of visitors, and we are able to sell many of the entries.”

The only conditions for entries are that they can hang on the wall and that they have been produced in the last two years. They should be submitted on the Harley Gallery website by May 21, and then a judging panel will select about 140 of the entries to go on show in an exhibition that opens at the gallery on June 24.

Prizes will include a main award of £750 for the overall winner, plus £500 for a judges’ prize and also a people’s prize, voted for by the visiting public.