The Pound’s Annual Open exhibition is back for its 11th instalment

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The Pound’s 11th Annual Open

Saturday 8 – Sunday 23 December

Submission Day: Monday 3 December, 10am - 6pm

Exhibition Launch: Friday 7 December, 6pm - 8pm

The Pound’s Annual Open exhibition is back for its 11th instalment, from Saturday 8 December. This diverse exhibition held annually in Corsham gives artists of all mediums, at all stages of their career, the opportunity to showcase their work in one of the biggest events of The Pound’s visual arts programme.

Following a successful Open last year, with work by over eighty artists selected for the final exhibition, The Pound is looking forward to what 2018’s entries have to offer. Visual Arts Coordinator for The Pound, Katie Ackrill, speaks about the value of the Open for the venue and artists alike:

‘It is a wonderful opportunity for us to see the work being made in Corsham, Wiltshire, and beyond, and to provide a platform for artists to showcase what they have been doing, have work up for sale, and even potentially win prizes which could be valuable to the development of their practice.’

This year, The Pound is pleased to welcome guest judges Meryl Ainslie (Director, Rabley Drawing Centre) and Rosie Snell (Senior Lecturer, Fine Art, Bath Spa University), who will be selecting and judging the Open with the Pound’s Visual Arts Coordinator. As well as choosing work to exhibit, the panel will decide on three Prize Winners as follows:

First Prize - £500

Right Angle Framing Prize - £200

Corsham Print Prize – 1,000 postcards

There will also be the opportunity for the public to vote for the People’s Choice Prize throughout the exhibition. The winner will receive a £100 voucher for Minerva Art Supplies, Bath. Voting for the People’s Choice Prize will close on Monday 17th December at 6pm.

The People’s Choice Prize Winner in 2017 was local ceramicist Dominic Warwood-Smith, who won £250 for his piece Poised Charger, and saw the prize as an opportunity to expand his practice:

‘The £250 was used to buy photography booth materials in my studio… I find making in my studio always takes the priority - as it is so much fun! I was able to buy some new stoneware materials earlier in the year and this differs from my usual slipware process. So the money also made it possible for me to try a new, experimental process in the studio - which is always fantastic.’

The Pound is excited to once again host its Annual Open, and wishes all entrants the best of luck with a huge thank you to its sponsors Corsham Print, Right Angle Framing and Minerva Art Supplies, for providing prizes this year.

The Exhibition will launch on Friday 7th December 2018, 6-8pm with prize winners announced at 6:30pm. The exhibition will be open daily, except Sundays from 10am to 6pm or later when live events are on. Visit The Pound, Pound Pill, Corsham, Wiltshire, SN13 9HX. Box Office: 01249 701628 or go online at


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