24th Nov - 4th Jan
Appetite, ArtsKeele and Newcastle under Lyme BID are really excited to be bringing The Three Counties Cubes to the Ironmarket, Newcastle-under-Lyme. Running from Tuesday 24 November to Wednesday 6 January, the Cubes will be providing some art and inspiration to your streets. The exhibition, consisting of 4 large cubes, is open all day so can be enjoyed during the daytime and will illuminate the streets during the dark nights. Whilst out and about doing your essential shopping or exercising, you can catch a glimpse of some stunning local artwork.
Run by ArtsKeele the Three Counties Open Art Exhibition has been taking place since the early 2000s and since 2017 has taken place in the historic Burslem School of Art. It is ‘open’ to anyone from Staffordshire, Cheshire and Shropshire to submit a piece of artwork. In spite of the pandemic, The Three Counties team and partners were committed to making it happen in 2020 and the project this year took place virtually with 145 works appearing in the online exhibition in August.
Appetite got involved in the exhibition this year and offered a brand new prize – the Appetite Audience Choice Award. This saw Appetite’s Supper Club come up with a shortlist of 20 works which were then put to the public to vote for their favourite. The winner, runners up and shortlisted pieces can all be viewed as part of the exhibition.
The Cubes will also highlight winners from different categories of the exhibition and some COVID inspired works.
Photography by Andrew Billington