The prestigious Ryedale Open Art Exhibition, one of the biggest in North Yorkshire, looks set to be scrapped for this year because of spending cuts by the district council.
The exhibition, staged annually at the Milton Rooms, Malton, features the area’s talent in painting, sculpture, taxtiles and ceramics.
Some 400 works of art are displayed in the exhibition which has been run for some 36 years each July and attracts more than 1,000 visitors.
But because of budget cuts the council has had to axe its grant of £3,520 said council leader Cllr Linda Cowling.
“I am sorry to hear the exhibition won’t be going ahead but I would have thought that it should be self-financing and be able to cover the costs.”
The exhibition is also a showcase for the work of young and emerging artists.
Jos Holmes, Ryedale Council’s Economy and Community Manager, said the exhibition did attract people to Malton and was of benefit to artists as a showcase for their work. But the council had adopted new policies on making grants because of spending cutbacks.
However, she added, if volunteers or an organisation came forward to run the exhibition, the council would be able to provide administration help and promotion.
PICTURE shows Louise Lunn setting up the 2011 Ryedale Open Art Exhibition.