ORGANISERS of an annual celebration of art are appealing for artists to show their work and for youngsters to enter a children's competition.

Artists are invited to show their work to a wider audience during this year's Open for Art event (OFA19).

Anyone based in the area can show their work in Weymouth, Portland, Dorchester, Poundbury, Abbotsbury and surrounding areas from May 18 to June 2.

Those who wish to show their work should have their own studio or working space that they can open at various times during these two weeks, or you can join one of our group exhibitions.

The cost will be from £100 to include entry in 20,000 A5 brochures, interactive website, banners, extensive signage, media advertising, launch event and a social media campaign.

Sponsors currently supporting OFA19 are Artwey, DOMVS, Sculpture By The Lakes, Weymouth BID, West Dorset District Council and the Arts Development Company.

Artists can register now at The closing date for registration is February 11. Email with any questions.

*OFA 19 is also open for entries to a children’s competition for those budding young artists of primary school age.

With the theme “I imagine ……..”, this is an opportunity for your child to take part in a competition to exhibit alongside artists in OFA19. Competition organisers are looking for 2D visual art which is A3 size in any medium made from the imagination, which is personal, thoughtful and creative.

Four children from two age categories, four to seven and eight to 11 will be chosen to exhibit a piece of work within a group show during Open for Art 2019 and in the accompanying brochure. Two winners will be picked by sponsor DOMVS and awarded prizes. Images and details to be submitted via the contact form found on, closing date February 6. Email with any questions.