Sherborne’s 90-year-old Open Art Exhibition returns this month


After a three year pause, Sherborne’s Open Art Exhibition is happening again this July. Founded by Sherborne Art Club in 1931, this highly-regarded annual show for fine art was last run in 2018. The exhibition is open to all to submit entries, and is known as one of the best quality, most prestigious open exhibitions in the region, exhibiting the work of many top artists as well as entries from accomplished amateurs, and attracting visitors from far afield.
Up to 400 pictures and sculptures will be exhibited, and there will be unframed folio browsers for sale.
Selection for the exhibition is by an independent judging panel who are looking not only for excellence but also for diversity of style, medium and subject to create a balanced and attractive exhibition. Visitors will certainly find something to like and, with prices over a large range and hidden bargains in the browsers, there will certainly be something for all those looking to buy.

A team effort
The organisers are very grateful to local solicitors Mogers Drewett who have sponsored the exhibition (including a £200 prize for the Judges’ Choice Award) and to those other businesses providing prizes and additional sponsorship. Castle Gardens and Old Barn Framing Gallery, previously linked to the show, have donated prizes for oils and watercolours respectively, with other prizes from Charterhouse Auctioneers (dry media), The Eastbury Hotel (second and third in Judges’ Choice), estate agents Knight Frank (acrylic and mixed media) and Sherborne Arts (for the work voted favourite by show visitors). The organisers also thank those many people who volunteered to help with hanging, stewarding and other tasks to make this popular event happen again.

Sherborne Open Art Exhibition
23rd to 31st July 10am-5pm
The Digby Hall, Sherborne
If you’d like to submit, full details can be found here
Hand in days:
Friday 15th July 1pm-6pm
Saturday 16th July 10am-1pm


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Share post:

More like this

New play looks at a family torn apart by sudden death

‘Grief is love that has nowhere to go’ –...

What’s on at the Exchange Sturminster Newton July/August 2024


Here comes the cheese

Savour an array of local delicacies from more than...

The Lost Songs of Scilly Poole Lighthouse hosts the final date of Lost Songs...