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2016 Exhibition Entries now OPEN!

Sabine Kussmaul, "Walking between your own scenes", recipient of the Gallery Award 2014

Sabine Kussmaul, “Walking between your own scenes”, Winner of the Gallery Award 2014


Exhibition Entry Extended Deadline : 15th August 2016

Entry fee £10 per work, up to 2 works per artist. All media accepted.

For 2016 Cheshire Open Studios is inviting all Cheshire-based artists (including Cheshire West, East, Runcorn/Halton & Warrington), craftspeople and artisans to participate in our Open Studios & Annual Open Exhibition event. On average 50-60 artists take part every year providing a unique variety of arts & crafts to the public alongside fun and creative activities for all to enjoy.

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Exhibition Event will be held at Charles Roe House in Macclesfield in association with Incubation Arts between 9th & 25th September 2016. The Open Studios Event will be held over 9 days between 17th – 25th September 2016 enabling more visitors to visit more artists studios .

Exhibition Prizes on offer this year include:

  • Mayor’s Choice Award
  • Gallery Choice Award
  • Steering Group Choice Award
  • Visitors Choice Award
  • Best Newcomer / Emerging Artist Award (New! Sponsored by Northwich Art Shop)

Cash Prize Awards range from £40 to £200

Entry for Open Studios 2016 closed: Friday 8th July 2016

Artists now only have the option of entering the Exhibition Only category. Open Studio Applications are now closed for 2016.

The event is to be publicized in 5 thousand copies of a full colour A5 brochure distributed throughout the region and beyond, on our website, along with press releases, radio, magazine adverts, posters and colourful large banners displayed in prominent locations during the event providing a great opportunity for artists to engage with a wider audience outside of their local areas.

Are you an artist with no studio or exhibition space?

This year there is a great opportunity for artists with no studio space to be part of this years’ event as there are tables for hire in a Marquee at the Winsford Salt Fair Regatta Marquee from £20 (please see Project Information below for more details) kindly provided by the Mayor of Winsford, Steve Smith. This event attracts a large audience to Winsford and is hugely publicised providing a great opportunity to showcase your work. To book a table please download and complete item f) below.

Occasionally we also have other artists whom are willing to share space too, so please contact us for more information.

To find out more please download and read carefully the following for exhibiting and participating in Cheshire Open Studios 2016  (please click the links below to download either Word or PDF formats). 



To enter the Exhibition only category please download a, c, d & e below.

Please read a & d as this contains details about entering.

Then complete the Exhibition Entry Form in e) and Artist Statement last page in c) and either post or email as instructed along with your application fee of £10 per work.

Entry fees can also be paid via Paypal upon request (via payment request, no Paypal account needed). In this case just send us your Exhibition entry form and let us know you wish to pay by Paypal.

Entry documentation

a) Project Information (download & read)

Provides useful information about the project

COSA Project Information 2016 or

COSA Project Information 2016

b) Application guidelines  (only required for open studio artist entries)

Contains important application information and guidelines to complete the entry forms

COSA Application Guidance 2016 or

COSA Application Guidance 2016

c) Application Entry Form (download & complete)

Open Studios Application & Artist Statement Forms

 COSA Application Entry Form2016 or 

COSA Application Entry Form2016

d) Exhibition Conditions of Entry (download & read)

Contains important conditions of entry for the Annual Open Exhibition. 

COSA Conditions of Exhibiting 2016 or 

COSA Conditions of Exhibiting 2016

e) Exhibition Entry Form  (download & complete)

COSA Exhibition Entry Form 2016 or 

COSA Exhibition Entry Form 2016

f) Salt Fair Regatta Table Booking/Information

COSA Salt Fair Regatta Marquee or

COSA Salt Fair Regatta Marquee

If you require a table at the Marquee then please complete item f) and send it to Helen Davies using the details on the booking form to confirm your table before entering your application to Cheshire Open Studios.

Please note It is not compulsory to take part in Cheshire Open Studios to hire a table during this event. Please contact Helen for more information.

Please note that both the exhibition entry & application forms must be completed and returned to take part along with a copy of your Public Liability Insurance, images and entry fee as outlined in the Project Information and Application Guidelines.

All of the above documents are provided in Microsoft Word & PDF format. Use PDF format if entering by post otherwise use the Word format if emailing your application.

If you do not have Word or a PDF viewer:

Word documents can be viewed / updated with Open Office (FREE open source software) which can be downloaded and installed from HERE 

PDF files are viewed with Adobe PDF reader which can be downloaded and installed from HERE

Please download & read each document carefully before completing your application.

Those entering the “Exhibition Only” category must complete the relevant sections of the above Exhibition Entry form including providing an Artists Statement in the Open Studios Application form (please see guidelines for more information) by the deadline above to participate in the exhibition.

Unable to take part this year but would like to in the future? 

In 2017 Cheshire Open Studios is putting together a schedule of event and activities to celebrate 20 years of art in Cheshire. We are looking for a variety of art forms to participate and come together to help us truly celebrate the arts in Cheshire and are interested in hearing from performers, musicians, writers, and artists.

If you are an artist interested in joining us in our celebrations next year or in future years please join our artist mailing list by completing the form here Join Us in 2017 and beyond.

To contact us for a general enquiry please Contact Us here.

We also welcome enquiries to advertise in our annual brochure with prices starting from £25. Advertising is open to artists, galleries, and other local art groups, organisations or art related local businesses or events. Please contact us for more information on details and pricing.


Rebecca Bowan, "God Loves", recipient of the Steering Group Award

Rebecca Bowan, “God Loves”, Winner of the Visitors Choice Award 2014

Bex Raven, Rockpool, highly commended Steering Group Award 2014

Bex Raven, Rockpool, highly commended Steering Group Award 2014


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