The East Coast Open returns to Scarborough Art Gallery

Your chance to potentially pick up an artwork from a star of the future
May 4, 2023

The popular East Coast Open exhibition is about to return to Scarborough Art Gallery on the town's Crescent, with a new Junior Open section for young people aged five to 13.

The exhibition, which is open to artists of any age and skill living and/or working in North Yorkshire will open on Saturday 13 May and will run until Sunday 3 September. The gallery invited submissions over the winter and final judging is set to take place on Monday 8 May.

Andrew Clay, who is the Chief Executive at Scarborough Museums and Galleries, says: “We are thrilled that the East Coast Open is back. Scarborough Art Gallery has a long tradition of holding open exhibitions which are a fabulous way of showcasing some of the best artistic talent in North Yorkshire. Open exhibitions are particularly popular with our visitors and increasing footfall is something we are always striving to do. Most of the work will be for sale and potential buyers will be able to contemplate their impending purchases at our café, Sitwell at Eat Me, next door at Woodend, another place where creativity thrives in Scarborough.”

Artists have been able to submit up to two two-dimensional works in any medium (including paintings, photographs and textiles) - for a £5.00 handling fee (per work). An opportunity to launch a new creative career for the equivalent of a cup of coffee!

And young people are encouraged to enter the Junior Open this weekend - and they can submit one 2D work, no larger than A3, on the theme of a day at the seaside on Saturday 6 May. Entry is free.

A judging panel comprising Dr James Boaden, Senior Lecturer, History of Art, University of York, Hannah Sprague, Associate Digital Media Manager, Crescent Arts and Dorcas Taylor, Curator, Scarborough Museums and Galleries will select works for the exhibition on Monday 8 May.

So...if ever you needed a reason (which you don't) to set course for Scarborough - Mag North has delivered for you! Art. Beach. Castle. Fish & Chips. Ice Cream: Perfect!