Open Exhibition

The Open Exhibition 2017

The 2017 exhibition featuring sculpture by Jenny Watt and paintings by Claire Beattie, Liz Cameron, Peter Hallam and Anne Oram

Just 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!”

This year we were delighted to welcome over 600 visitors to Allanbank Arts and Gill Walton’s studio and home. Our guest sculptor Jennifer Watt was with us for the weekend and many who visited had the opportunity to meet her and discuss her wonderful work. Many thanks too, to our featured printmakers Jenny Findlay and Justine Miller.

We we pleased to be able to open two more spaces as part of the exhibition this year, and hope to be able to continue to develop spaces in 2017/8.


our 2016 exhibition featuring sculpture by Michele de Bruin


The prize winners of The Allanbank Arts Open Exhibition 2017

Public Vote. The public tend to spread their votes evenly across nearly 200 works of art but in 2017 we had joint winners with 12 votes each. This year we had to buy two bottles of champagne. Sylvia Quinn Home with her impressive woodcut and Derek Jones who is a previous public vote winner.

Sylvia Quinn Home, Maya Narrative I II III Woodcut print


Derek Jones, [she is] a Rainbow

The Allanbank Arts Prize for the most promising up and coming artist has been awarded to Denise McNulty for her body art and photographic triptych. Denise gets to choose a workshop from our current brochure.

Denise McNulty Timeless Time_Body

The White Fox Gallery Prize was awarded to Chris Morrison, the painting below will now be exhibited at the White Fox, which is a beautiful gallery on the High St in Coldstream. They have very high standards and only exhibit the best art from this area and nationally. Visit them in Coldstream or online at

Chris Morrison, Light and Shade

Congratulations all of you, very well deserved.


Gill Walton’s studio