Open 24

About The Open

This open call aims to showcase the best of UK contemporary art by bringing together emerging and established artists to create a diverse and exciting group exhibition in one of the East Midlands’ foremost Commercial Contemporary Fine Art Galleries. Entries will be open to all artists working in the UK. Artwork can be on any theme and we will be accepting Artworks using all types of media; paintings, original prints, photography, textiles, drawings, works on paper and 3D works – including sculpture and ceramics. Entries are open from 6th May  – 7th June 2024. Winning submissions will be included in a group exhibition from 27th July  – 8th September 2024.

photography by Hannah Zarvas

Key Dates

Submissions Open : 6th May  – 7th June

Entries Closed : 7th June, 10pm

Judging : 8th – 17th June

Selected Artists List Published : 18th June

Delivery of Work : 10th – 14th July, 10 – 5pm

Exhibition Launch Event : 27th July, 2 – 5pm

Exhibition Ends : 8th September

Work Collected : 11th – 15th September

Application Details

The Form
– The application form will be online only and will be available from 6th May – 7th June 2024 on this page of the website.

Some Notes About Entering
– Selected work will be on display in three exhibition spaces; Main gallery, secondary and upstairs gallery spaces. Last year we had 305 artists enter and showed work by 143 Artists. More modestly sized pieces (up to 1m x 1m) will have a higher chance of getting in than very large works (The size limit is 1.5m). Size : Please measure the work with the frame if framed. By entering you give us permission to use any uploaded image for publicity. If you plan on only getting the work framed if it is accepted please put a note of that in the image details section with the style of frame – white, black, oak etc.

Image Upload
– Please upload good-quality pics of your work. Please upload 2 images for each piece entered = 1 of the piece itself and 1 in its frame (or a detail shot or in-situ if it isn’t framed). For 3D work please just upload 2 pics of the piece from different angles, if it comes with a plinth please include it in 1 of the pics. There is a limit of 2mb for each image. Finally, make sure the image is at least 1200 pixels wide.

– If you need somewhere to resize images – Image resizer is good and free – Link

Image Details
– Please order as follows – Medium (i.e- oil on canvas), Size (framed size if framed), *edition number – for prints otherwise ignore, Price (all work must be for sale). It would also be helpful if the file names of the images included artist name, title, medium, size, price in that order.

– A Cash Prize of £250 for the Winner chosen by Gallery Manager Luke Tarpey.

– We will invite multiple artists to take part in next year’s exhibition programme from the Open exhibitants. A list of those selected will be published alongside the Open Exhibiting Artists. There is no limit in this (last year I picked 36 artists). This is primarily an open for any artists who want to be involved with and support the gallery.

– Entries are available to all artists in the UK.

– Will be done by Gallery Manager Luke Tarpey. I won’t be able to give feedback on unsuccessful entries.

Entry Fee and Commission
– Each artist may submit up to two pieces. The fee is £15 for 1 piece or £20 for 2 pieces. The fee is non refundable. All sales will be subject to a reduced commission of 45% (usual gallery rate is 50%) taken from the price you list.

Work Delivery
– If selected the work can be delivered in person (preferred) or sent by post. The work must be clearly labelled with Name, Title, Medium, Size and Price (including Gallery Commission), protected and ready to hang (String – preferred, mirror plates or alternative). For all work sent by post please make sure it’s very well protected with a cardboard box and bubble wrap at the very least and easily re-packable.

Work Collection
– All unsold work must be collected or courier arranged from 11th – 15th September 2024.

– 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.

– Please email Luke at for any enquiries related to the open exhibition.

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