Kent’s top artists will be showing off their work to the public when Canterbury College hosts this year’s John Millest Art Show.

The free exhibition will feature work from current and former students and staff, as well as other local artists. Students will also be competing for their work to win the public vote to pocket £200.

Ex-college student Peter Whittlesea from BBC South East will open the show.

Art tutor Clive Soord, who is also part of the John Millest Trust, said: “This year we’ve opened the competition up to non-Canterbury College artists in order to involve the wider community. It’s a great chance for artists to show their art and gives many students their first experience of selling their work.”

All money raised from selling artwork will go to the John Millest Trust, which funds art studies within the college. The Trust was set up after the death in 1994 of John Millest, a popular and much respected lecturer in art and history of art at the college. It was his wish that any commemoration of him should benefit students.