Altrincham Open 2016


Art with a Heart is proud to present the fourth year of our annual Altrincham Open.  The Altrincham Open is an art competition which is open to artists working in any medium to culminate in a multi-disiplinary exhibition from 7th July-7th August. The title of this years exhibition is ’Best of British‘: the theme of this years Altrincham in Bloom event; with the focus being on looking at British landscapes, wildlife and what it means to live in Britain today.

This project is open to both professional and non-professional artists working in any art form and from all walks of life. It costs £5 per piece to enter and up to three pieces can be entered.

There are a number of awards on offer, including Visitors Choice Award voted by the visiting public to the arts centre. Other awards include Art with a Heart Award and The Trevor Leese Award (formally the North West in Bloom Judges Choice).


How to enter:


We are asking all artists to enter work on the theme of Best of British. Please see the bottom of the page for ideas of what this could entail. Entry fee is £5 per piece and up to three pieces can be entered. We would like all artists to provide a short statement about their work and up to 3 .jpgs of the work they are entering.

(Please read our Terms and Conditions before entering.)

You can pay using the paypal link below. All artists will be contacted before the 16th June with the result of their entry.

Best of British Open 2016


Important Dates

  • Deadline 12th June
  • All artists notified by 16th June
  • Delivery dates of successful entries: 18 June-3rd July (Thurs-Sun 10am-5pm)
  • Exhibition runs from 7th July-14th August


Possible themes could include:

  • British popular icons eg: musicians, writers, actors, singers, artists
  • British Landscapes- Countryside or Cityscapes
  • British landmarks- eg: Big Ben, London Eye, Angel of the North
  • Flowers of the UK- English Rose, Scottish Thistle, Welsh Daffodil.
  • British wildlife- eg: Robin, Swans, red squirrels etc.
  • British cuisine
  • What it means to be British
  • British culture and cultural diversity in Britain
  • British Fashion and design
  • British sculpture, ceramics and statues
  • British authors and the worlds they’ve created
  • British crafts- traditional and modern.
  • History of Britain- Roman, Viking, Saxon, Celtic
  • British advertising and graphics
  • Britain in the War
  • Inspired by British art or artists.
  • Political satire

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