Talented local artists are sought for the Chelmsford Museum Open Art Exhibition 2016, organised by Chelmsford City Council and the Friends of Chelmsford Museums.

Budding creators can submit a maximum of two pieces for inclusion in the exhibition, which will run from 3 December 2016 to 5 March 2017 at Chelmsford Museum, situated in Oaklands Park on Moulsham Street. World-renowned Essex artist John Doubleday will open the exhibition. Selected artwork will be on public display, with the opportunity for viewers to buy the pieces they fall in love with.

Curator of Social History and Art at Chelmsford Museum, Dr Mark Curteis, said: “We are excited about the exhibition”. “We know Chelmsford has a lot of artistic talent out there and the gallery walls of the Museum are a wonderful space for their work to be presented. This open exhibition is a terrific way for local artists to have their artwork displayed to a large audience and for Chelmsford to recognise their talent. We are really looking forward to seeing a wide variety of art from the city’s creative community.”

The internationally renowned artist John Doubleday - who will open the exhibition, said: “It's a pleasure to be involved in the Chelmsford Open Art Exhibition. This exhibition is an important stimulus to the creative life of the community at a time when the importance of intellectual curiosity and the life of the imagination has become somewhat neglected. The arts have the important role of questioning, looking at alternatives and generally bringing a degree of impertinence to the public dialogue. The Landscape and Echoes exhibition of my work at Chelmsford Museum looks at metaphor and subtext - meanings within meanings. Proudly born and bred an Essex man, I have enjoyed working with the staff in the city's excellent exhibition space at the Museum. The show runs until 20 November. “

He continued: “I look forward to opening the Open Art Exhibition, seeing the diverse entries from the creative community displayed to the public."

All artwork must be original; no larger than 90cm by 90cm; and produced by local artists. Entries must be submitted on 19 November, at Chelmsford Museum, between the hours of 10am and 4pm. Entry forms are available from the Museum’s reception, or from Chelmsford City Council’s website www.chelmsford.gov.uk/openart and the Friends of Chelmsford Museums – www.friendschelmsfordmuseum.btik.uk