Open Exhibition

The Open Exhibition 2017

Friday 4th to Monday 7th August

11am till 6pm

 Artists wishing to submit work for the 2017 exhibition can do so here

For the 2016 exhibition we had over 50 artists and 121 works of art and around over 400 visitors over the weekend.DSC_0446

DSC_0459DSC_0466.JPGJust once a year we clean up the charcoal dust, mop up the paint and spruce the place up for our main event. The exhibition is open for submissions from any artist, both professional or otherwise, and we usually get a good mix.  The wide range of work and the very high quality means that we get many visitors over the weekend and comments such as “as good as the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition”, “best exhibition I have seen this year” and “inspirational!”.

We are delighted that our featured sculptor for 2017 is

Jennifer Watt

The Walk


Previous sculptors have included;

Michelle de Bruin

Her work takes the form of a natural history collection in which Michelle takes the role of curator & anatomical sculptor and illustrator, in compiling a collection of misfiled specimens from the history of natural history.

 Chris Hall , his work is seen here in the grounds. They looked wonderful set amongst the trees, it was very difficult to give them back after the show. IMG_3096.JPG

The prize winners of The Allanbank Arts Open Exhibition 2016

Linda Foster with Dawn, North Mainland won the most public votes and a bottle of Champagne. DSC_0486.JPG

Jo Hart with Moth and the Moon part i and ii won a course at Allanbank Arts.  We thought she was the most promising up and coming artist.


Andrew Major with Nest  was awarded the Coldstream Gallery prize, Andrew will be offered exhibition space with them.


Congratulations all of you, very well deserved. The same prizes will be up for grabs in the 2017 open.

Gill's studio

you can also visit Gill’s Open Studio from her house within the grounds. This adds to all there is to see here and gives another dimension to your time with us. It really is a great day out.

Our neighbours at Allanbank Mill Steading also have their open studio event over the same weekend. Pauline Burbidge (textile artist) and Charlie Poulsen (sculptor) are just 700m down the road and also worth a visit.