About the Open

Midlands Open 2017 is Tarpey Gallery’s annual open submissions exhibition, this year taking place from 26th August – September 24th 2017. The Eighth Midlands Open aims to offer a visually stunning and diverse exhibition presenting a dynamic array of artworks from all Contemporary Fine Art disciplines. This year’s exhibition will feature the very best work selected from entries by artists living and working in the Midlands region.


Selected work will be on display in three exhibition spaces; Main gallery, secondary and upstairs gallery spaces. The opening will be held on August 26th, 2 – 5pm.


Selected Artists

Alan Stark, Alison Whitmore, Barbera Clayton, Christine Hodges, Clive Wheeler, Dawn Harris, Deborah Allitt, Deborah Catesby, Don Mason, Elaine Kazimierczuk, Elizabeth Walker, Emma Fawcett, Fiona Humphrey, Giles Davies, Gill Gathercole, Gill Hugman Perkins, Hugh Marwood, Jane Gill, Jane Smith, Jenny Wilson, Jessica Smith, Jo Nash, Joanne Bannister, Jonathan Pitts, Josie Perry, Katharina Fitz, Keith Newlove, Kennith North, Lois Gardner Sabet, Louise Chatfield, Maggie Robinson, Maggy Milner, Mark W Russel, Martin Hyde, Martin Rayment, Mary Hayes, Matt Macken, Matthew Strong, Niamh Treacy, Nick Hedderly, Nicki Dennett, Nicola Rae, Paul Barrand, Paula Gamble Swhwarz, Paula Hallam, Pauline Lucas, Peter Clayton, Peter Robinson, Philip Searle, Rachel Pinks, Richard Perry, Rosemary Mafrici, Sandra Ritter, Sandy Bartle, Sarah Kirby, Steve Gresham, Sue Firmin, Sylvia Owens, Tim Ball, Tim Florence, Tony Hall, Tony Moss, Tracey King, Val Kosh, Valerie Dalling


Main Prize

A solo show at Tarpey Gallery in the main exhibition space will be the main prize for Midlands Open 2017. This is a great opportunity for artists who are looking to establish themselves in the region’s demanding art market and work with a commercial fine art gallery that has a proven track record of gaining National exposure for its exhibitions programme.


Previous Winners

– 2016 : Lois Wallace
– 2015 : Mark Beattie
– 2014 : Kerri Pratt
– 2012 : Tom Pitt
– 2011 : Inge Tong
– 2010 : Sarah Fiander
– 2009 : Clay Smith


Entries are available to all artists who live or work within the Midlands region and to all Fine Art disciplines. The Midlands does not correspond to any current administrative area, and there is therefore no strict definition. However, it is generally considered to include the counties of DerbyshireHerefordshireLeicestershireNorthamptonshireNottinghamshireRutlandShropshireStaffordshireWarwickshire, the West Midlands metropolitan boroughs and Worcestershire.and Lincolnshire. In the interests of making the exhibition the most interesting possible we are happy to include work from artists who are on the edge of these borders or who have a close link to the region – please feel free to contact us if you have any queries regarding this.


Our panel of judges consist of Gallery Owner Jim Tarpey and Gallery Director Luke Tarpey.


Each artist may submit up to Two pieces.


Entry Fee
The fee is £10 for one piece, £15 for two pieces.


Work Delivery
All work must be delivered to the gallery from 8th – 13th August 2017 from 10am to 5pm – during this week we will be open from Tuesday – Sunday. The work must be clearly labelled with Name, Title, Medium, dimensions and Price (including Gallery Commission), protected and ready to hang (String, mirror plates or alternative). For Sculptural work, please make sure it’s well protected and installable by two people with clear instructions on any assembly needed. Any large pieces can be submitted via email with images of the work and attached application form by the deadline – please insure you are able to deliver and install the work by the 24th August.


Delivery Explanation

We like to be able to see the work ‘in the flesh’ to gain a full appraisal of the work including application of your chosen medium and quality of presentation. We have added over 12 artists from the open over the last 5 years to our stable and found that photographs rarely do justice to a finished piece. Since we are a commercial gallery and pride ourselves on delivering high quality work to our clients this standard is of paramount importance.


Selected work will remain on display until the end of the exhibition. All entries if unsold must be collected within 1 week of the exhibition closing.


Work sold will be subject to 50% commission. This is in keeping with our represented artists.


We will insure your work against loss or damage while it is on site. Work in transit to and from the gallery must be insured separately by the artist.


Key Dates

Delivery of work: 8th – 13th August, 10am – 5pm
Applicants informed via email: 19th August
Collection of un-selected work: 19th – 25th August
Launch Event: 26th August, 2 – 5pm
Exhibition Closes: 23rd September
Collection of un-sold work: 24th – 29th September, 10am – 5pm


Application Form

Download –
Midlands Open Application Form 2017 – Word


Please email Luke at info@tarpeygallery.com for any enquiries related to the open exhibition.


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