Stockport Open Exhibition

1. Stockport Makes: The Real Public Art Show

Exhibitions - Stockport Makes: Real Public Art Show - Stockport viaduct

About the exhibition

Stockport Makes: The Real Public Art Show, previously the Stockport Open Exhibition, will take place in July 2023. It will be open for the public to view from Sunday 30 July to Thursday 21 September 2023.

We know we’ve got lots of really creative people living, working and connected with Stockport. Our exhibition is designed to give people an opportunity to submit a work of art for display which celebrates something, somewhere or someone in Stockport.

Artists are invited to submit a piece of work that they are particularly proud of. We’re hoping to showcase the creative talent we’ve got in the borough and display work from:

  • visual artists
  • sculptors
  • photographers
  • textile artists
  • writers
  • poets
  • digital designers

The artwork will be hung in the:

  • Upper Gallery
  • East and West Galleries
  • Artlink

Entry fee and submission dates

There is no entry fee, all artworks will be accepted.

All artwork must be handed in to Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery on the following dates:

  • Thursday 20 July 2023 from 2pm to 6pm
  • Friday 21 July 2023 from 2pm to 4:30pm
  • Saturday 22 July 2023 from 10am to 3:30pm
  • Sunday 23 July 2023 from 11am to 3:30pm

We will not accept artwork outside these dates and times.


Throughout the exhibition, we invite all visitors to vote for their favourite artworks in the People’s Choice Award. There will be prizes for:

  • first, second and third place in the adult's category
  • first, second and third place in the children's category
  • the winner of the Michael Hartley-Rose Award for young artists aged 17 to 25 years

All prizes and awards will be presented by the Mayor of Stockport at the People’s Choice Award event at Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery. This will take place on Saturday 2 September 2023 at 3pm.

Register your interest

To register your interest in our exhibition, you can use the below contact form or visit:

Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery
Wellington Road South

Our opening hours are:

• Thursday and Friday: 1pm to 5pm
• Saturday: 10am to 5pm
• Sunday: 11am to 4pm

The enquiry message must be no more than 500 characters long.