Leeds City Art Gallery: Record entries for Open Show

This year's Open Show is going to be the biggest in its history.

Final touches are being put to the exhibition in Leeds City Art Gallery before its opening on Sunday.

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More than 1,000 people sent in their paintings, sculptures, drawings and installations to be considered for the annual show which is open to professionals and amateurs from across the region.

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The record number of entrants was boosted by the inclusion of children for the first time, with over 600 taking part from 22 schools across Leeds.

A total of 296 artworks will go on display in the upstairs Number 14

Gallery which has had temporary walls built to cope with the size of the display.

Exhibitions curator Tanja Pirsig-Marshall said: "The judging panels were extremely impressed with the standard.

"What the young curator team from Leeds Met University wanted to make sure was that the junior entries were judged equally alongside those of the adults.

"There is one section in the exhibition devoted to just the children, but we've also placed some of their works among the adults' and it's hard to tell the difference."

For the sixth year in a row the public will be asked to vote for their favourite in the YEP's People's Choice Award.

Voting slips will be available throughout the show, which runs until September 19, and the winner will be announced towards the end.

The forerunner to today's event was the Yorkshire Open Artists' Show which began in the 1920s.

The Leeds Artists' Show was revived in the early 1990s, later becoming the Open Show.

This year's judging panel for adult entries was Rebecca Herman, assistant registrar for Leeds Museums and Galleries, independent curator Sarah Brown and art and design consultant Ted Kennedy.

A private view for the children takes place on Friday afternoon.

Two days later the adults have theirs before the show officially opens to the public.

Opening times are: Monday & Tuesday 10am – 5pm; Wednesday 12pm – 5pm; Thursday – Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sunday 1pm – 5pm; and closed on bank holidays.

Admission is free.

* For more details go to www.leeds.gov.uk or call (0113) 2478256.

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