Open Art Competition and Exhibition Announced for 2017

In April 2017 Bolton Little Theatre will present The Earthly Paradise by Peter Whelan – a dramatic insight into the intriguing relationship between William Morris, one of the innovators of the Victorian Arts & Crafts Movement; Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the Pre-Raphaelite artist and Morris’ wife Jane Burden  the model and muse of Rossetti.

Garnering themes of Victorian romantic idealism, the medieval myths and legends that inspired the Pre-Raphaelites and the controversial social mores of the time, the play uncovers the complexities of this triangular rapport to enlighten and entertain its audiences in equal measure.

Sandra Simpson, the play’s Director is excited to announce an Open Art Competition, inviting artists to submit art works in response to the themes of the play.  Selected works will be exhibited at Bolton Little Theatre during its production 5th-8th April 2017

JUDGES include Michael Hope, Chairman of Bolton Decorative and Fine Arts Society and a selection Committee to be announced.  Prizes of £100 (1st prize)   and Artist’s materials  (2nd and 3rd prizes) will be awarded at the Exhibition Review on Sunday 2nd April 2017 (2-4pm) to which artists and guests are welcome.


AGE LIMITS Exhibitors must be 18 years old on 1st March 2017 or over and live in any of the BL postcode areas.

ENTRIES Due to space restrictions at Bolton Little Theatre each artist may submit one or two original artworks for consideration by the Selection Committee. Both or either work may or may not be selected.  Artworks should have been made in the last three years (since April 2014)

Artworks can be in any 2D or 3D media such as painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, textile art and sculpture; but excludes moving image and sound on this occasion.

2D artworks should not measure more than 50cm x 50cm.

Bolton Little Theatre retains the right not to accept artworks deemed to be unsuitable or unsafe for the exhibition.

SALES   On works for sale the theatre will subtract a commission of 10% from the Sale Price provided.  Price your work to include this.  All sales must be made through Bolton Little Theatre.

INSURANCE While on the premises of Bolton Little Theatre, accepted work is insured by Bolton Little Theatre for fire and theft only.  Works are not insured for accidental damage and, although every care is taken, Bolton Little Theatre cannot accept liability should such damage occur.

COPYRIGHT of all works remains the property of the artist.  Any enquiries for copyright will be referred to the artist.

FREE SUBMISSION   Submission is free.  However there will be a £5 hanging fee for accepted works.


DELIVERY All 2-D work must be delivered ready to hang including framing where appropriate.  Mirror plates are not required.  Clip frames and metal frames are not acceptable.

Each work must be delivered with a label / tag attached to the back of the work with string to hang over the front.  Please print in Capitals the Title, Medium and Sales Price or NFS (Not for Sale) of the work with the Artist’s Name. Also fix a label to the back of the work  with  Artist’s  Name, Address, Telephone Number and Email.  Bolton Little Theatre will not accept work without such labelling.

Please remove all wrapping from your work and take it away with you after delivery.

STORAGE Bolton Little Theatre cannot store work on its premises if not collected on the dates agreed.  Uncollected work will be disposed of after seven days.


DELIVERY OF ARTWORKS All artwork must be delivered to Bolton Little Theatre, Hanover Street, Bolton BL1 4TG on Saturday 18th March 2017 or Sunday 19th March 2017 between 10am and 4pm with a completed Entry Form.

NOTIFICATION Artists will be notified by email or post on Thursday 23rd March 2017 with the Selection Committee’s decision which is final.  A list of successful entries will also be published on Bolton Little Theatre’s website.

COLLECTION OF WORK NOT SELECTED Work not selected must be collected from Bolton Little Theatre on Saturday 25th March 10am and 4pm and Sunday March 26th between 1.00 and 4.00pm  Please bring wrapping with you.

WORK SELECTED Will be exhibited at Bolton Little Theatre during the production of The Earthly Paradise, Wednesday 5th April – Saturday 8th April 2017.

PREVIEW   A Preview of the Exhibition will take place at Bolton Little Theatre on Sunday 2nd April 2017 between 2-4pm when the Judges will announce the Prizewinners.

UNSOLD WORK AT CLOSE OF EXHIBITION Exhibited works must be collected on Sunday April 9th  10am  – 4pm. Please bring your wrapping with you for the work.



Delivery of Artworks                     Saturday 18th March and Sunday 19th March 2017 10am-4pm

Judging / Selection                        Monday 20th March – Tuesday 21st March 2017

Notification                                     Thursday 23rd March

Collect Unselected Works            Saturday 25th March 10am-4pm   Sunday 26th March  1 – 4pm

Exhibition Preview / Prizes          Sunday 2nd April 2-4pm

Exhibition Dates                             Wednesday 5th April to Saturday 8th April 3 – 7.00pm

Collection of Unsold Works         Sunday 9th April 10am – 4pm



If you have any queries about your artwork or the procedures above please contact:

Sandra Simpson

You can download the entry form by clicking this link.