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Search for Undiscovered Artists in Ryedale

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7:13pm 22nd May 2013

The organisers of Ryedale’s biggest art exhibition are on the hunt for new talent.

The popular Ryedale Open Art Exhibition, now in its 37th year, which takes place in the Milton Rooms in July, shows the work of around 150 artists each year.

Organisers are keen to make sure that they find artists who may not have previously shown their work.

“We know that lots of people are quite shy about showing their art for the first time, so we really want everyone to know that this exhibition is for them.” said Yvette Turnbull, Creative Economy Officer for Ryedale District Council, who puts the exhibition together.  “We know that Ryedale isn’t short on talent, so we’re appealing to everyone to encourage the budding artist in their life – if you know someone who is hiding their light under a bushel, please encourage them to take part.”

The show sees the work of professional artists hung alongside artists who have never shown before, as the Milton Rooms hosts a colourful and exciting array of pieces including ceramics, metalwork, oil paintings, watercolours and textiles.  Over the 36 years the show has been in existence more than 9000 artworks have been shown, and artists have been inspired by everything from Castle Howard to the Taj Mahal.

“Anyone who lives, works or studies in Ryedale is welcome to submit work in any media.” said Yvette.  “We also have an additional inducement for young artists, as the James D Lishman Arts award will be given to the best work by an artist who is under 25.”

Artists who are interested in taking part need an application pack, which can be downloaded from www.ryedale.gov.uk or requested by emailing angela.snowden@ryedale.gov.uk or ringing 01653 600666 ext 318 and leaving their name and address. 

The closing date for applications is June 20th.

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