This is the fifth year that Durham County Council has staged the open art exhibition, which over the years has grown from strength to strength. The exhibition is now an established annual event that the council has provided to give local artists a platform and opportunity to showcase their work.

This year two Chinese Artists, Annie Liu and Jiangiang Bai are exhibiting their work alongside local artists. They learned of the exhibition as Annie currently lives in Durham and is studying for an MA in graphic design at Northumbria University.

Annie completed a degree in industrial design at the University of Beijing, before leaving China to be with her partner Jie Wang, who is a Physics lecturer at Durham University.

Jiangiang Bai completed his degree in fine art and is now a professional artist and teaches art at Beijing University. He has had many solo exhibitions of his work throughout China but this will be the first time he has exhibited outside of his home country.

Artists are being encouraged to draw on their creative skills for the chance to scoop a £1,000 prize.


Everyone interested has been able to submit work for inclusion in the exhibition with award prizes of £1,000, £500 & £250 for the best three entries. A panel of expert judges from within the arts world select the winning entries and the final selection for the exhibition.

Past exhibitions have attracted artists from Columbia - South America, Poland, China and Germany, as well as from throughout the UK.

Annie Liu