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This summer Salford Museum & Art Gallery is running its first ever art competition open to anyone born, living, working or studying in Salford.


The Salford Open is part of the Royal Academy’s 250th-year celebrations that has enabled three Salford museums team up to put on special Royal Academy themed exhibitions during 2018 and 2019.

Budding local artists can win prizes including the first prize of £250 cash, the People’s Choice (£100 cash) and additional prizes supported by the University of Salford Art Collection and Contemporary Six Gallery who will award a prize to each of their favourite entrants.

There are no age or artistic medium restrictions for the Salford Open; entries can be submitted as paintings, textiles, sketches, drawings or mixed media pieces of work.


For those interested in entering a piece of work, there are two days allocated for submissions which are Friday 6 July (10am-4pm) and Saturday 7 July (12.00-3.30pm).

Heritage manager at Salford Museum & Art Gallery, Ceri Horrocks, says:


“Investing in local artistic talent is very important to us here at Salford Museum & Art Gallery, after all, we have some huge names in art from the Salford area so we are always looking for the next big thing. We’d encourage those unsung creative heroes to come forward and submit their work for a real chance for it to be exhibited for a few months in our popular gallery and the chance to win cash prizes.’

A number of entries will be selected in July to form the Salford Open exhibition which will be held in the North and Bluestairs Galleries from Saturday 21 July to Sunday 11 November 2018.

To enter the Salford Open, people are asked to download the entry form and guidelines that will need to be submitted with their work when it is delivered to the gallery on the specified dates. Printed versions of this form are available to pick up from the reception at Salford Museum & Art Gallery in advance of the delivery days.

There is a non-refundable charge of £5 per entry (payable on the hand-in dates) and each person may enter up to two entries per artist.

Main Image: Marianne Edwards (age 26) from Cadishead with Jeremy Brannigan (34) from Didsbury)

Inserted Image: Rachel Bilford (28) from Prestwich and Anna Jones (35) from Swinton and Cecilia Drummond (56) and Harriet Jones, both of Worsley



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