By Tamsin Brown • 16 May 2022 • 8:23
Pre-registration now open for participation in Altea's popular balcony art exhibition. Image: Altea Town Hall
The open-air balcony art exhibition held in Altea every year receives thousands of visitors and anyone is welcome to submit their art.
Every summer, the balconies of the houses on the main streets of the old town of Altea, in Alicante, are filled with art. Artists and amateurs from Altea and elsewhere paint canvases to be hung on the balconies so that they can be admired by all.
The original open-air exhibition is visited by thousands of people and has been so successful that since 2009 the works of art have also been moved to the balconies of Alfaz del Pi for a while each year, and since 2011 to Agost and Benimantell.
All artists over 18 years of age, regardless of nationality, may participate in the balcony art exhibition. The techniques and themes are free, but art that is offensive or does not meet the minimum standards for public exhibition may be excluded.
Pre-registration and collection of canvases can be done until June 10 or until stocks last at the Casa de Cultura in Altea, from 5pm to 9pm (Monday to Friday). The deposit of €10 for the canvas (cash only) will be returned when the artwork is submitted. The first 55 people to submit their artwork will have their work displayed, although the Casa de Cultura may distribute more than 55 canvases.
The art itself may be submitted until June 23 during the aforementioned hours and the open-air exhibition in Altea will be from July 19 to August 31. After this, the artwork can be admired in Alfaz del Pi from September 2 to October 2; in Agost from October 6 to 17 and in Benimantell from November 4 to 30.
There will be an opening ceremony for each town, and participants will be notified by email. Those interested in participating can see the rules and download the form for pre-registration at https://www.alteacultural.com/balconades/.
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Originally from London, Tamsin is based in Malaga and is a local reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering Spanish and international news.
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