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SPOTLIGHT FALLS ON FINE ART IN NATIONAL COMPETITION

UK Artists of skill are encouraged to sign up for a competition put on by a well-respected Midlands home, but also backed by a well-known auction house of fine art.

The Weston Park Granary Art Gallery, which lies on the border at Staffordshire Shropshire, host world leaders and royalty. But this time they have cooperated with the Halls to create the Fine Art Open Competition.

£2,000 will go to the winner, in addition to their artwork going on display in the Weston Granary Art Gallery in mid-summer. That is the national award, but the regional award is £500, which will be granted to those artists who hail from the Staffordshire and Shropshire area.

A third ‘junior’ category is open to budding artists under the age of 18 with the chance to win a selection of fine art equipment.

The recent sponsorship strengthens the auction house’s partnership with Weston Park as Halls will continue to hold regular fine art advisory days at the stately home. Experts are available throughout these events to give visitors free appraisals on fine and decorative art, jewellery and collectibles.

Gareth Williams, curator to the Weston Park Foundation said: “Weston Park is an educational charity and we are passionate about fostering and encouraging talented artists. We feel this open competition will provide an ideal platform to promote the country’s emerging artists.

“We are delighted that Halls has committed to supporting  the Fine Art Open Competition and look forward to welcoming both national and regional submissions.”

The Halls Fine Art Open Competition will be displayed in the Granary Art Gallery throughout August 2011. Artists may submit up to five works of art for a registration cost of  £15.

Weston Park’s Granary Art Gallery was opened in a restored granary building in 2009. It has rapidly established a reputation for its changing catalogue of selling exhibitions by acclaimed artists from the around the country as well as displaying historical artefacts and paintings, on loan from private collections.

For further information on the Halls Fine Art Open competition and to download the registration form visit www.weston-park.com/hallsopen

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