27th June to 30th September

CONNECTION: OPEN 2018 is the inaugural exhibition in the Handa Gallery at Wells Maltings celebrating the best in current East Anglian art from an open submission. Following a Private View on Tuesday 26th June, the exhibition will run from Wednesday 27th June to Sunday 30th September 2018; open from 10am to 6pm daily, entry free.

CONNECTION: OPEN 2018 brings together artists with an affinity to East Anglia to showcase the new Handa Gallery within the new landmark £5m Wells Maltings building on Staithe Street in Wells-next-the-Sea.

Featuring two-dimensional work in all media, CONNECTION: OPEN 2018 offers a unique opportunity to view and purchase work by artists at every level of their career, from emerging talent to established figures. Taking inspiration from the world-famous Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, this show demonstrates the wealth of talent to be found in the East of England and features a wide variety of paintings, drawings, prints, mixed-media work and wall-mounted textiles. From over 900 entries, 265 artists were selected via an anonymous entry process.

Vote for your favourite artwork in the People’s Choice Award, worth £200 to the artist with the most votes. Simply complete and return a People’s Choice card (available in Wells Maltings), register your details and you could win a weekend’s use of a Wells beach hut!*

The first prize of £500 will be awarded to the best artwork in show, followed by a runner’s-up prize of £250 (both prizes are sponsored by an anonymous donor). All prizes will be announced on Wednesday 19th September.

The CONNECTION: OPEN 2018 selectors and organisers are Catherine Mason, art historian and author; Veronica Sekules, Groundworks Gallery, King’s Lynn; Tracey Ross, artist and art tutor; and Simon Daykin, director, Wells Maltings.

Wells Maltings is located on Staithe Street, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AN. Tel: 01328 839000; website:; Facebook: Wells Maltings Trust and Twitter @WellsMaltings

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