About the Open

Tarpey Gallery Open 2021 takes over from the Midlands Open which ran from 2009 – 2017 and will be a more streamlined affair with online applications, a four week duration and a more minimal hang. Entries will be open to all artists working in the UK. Any 2d or 3d medium will be accepted, I’m afraid we can’t accept moving image or performance this time. Entries are open from the 25th August – 25th September 2021 and the exhibition will take place from 23rd Oct – 14th November 2021.


Some notes about entering

Selected work will be on display in three exhibition spaces; Main gallery, secondary and upstairs gallery spaces. We generally hang around 70 pieces in these 3 spaces so the final show will likely consist of around 50-70 artists’ work plus 3D pieces. I will prioritise picking another artist’s work over choosing 2 by the same artist if the standard of work is similar (reflected in the entry fee). Smaller pieces will have a higher chance of getting in than very large works (over 1.5m). The last year we put the Midlands Open on we had around 150 artists enter. Size : Please measure the work with the frame if framed. By entering you give us permission to use any uploaded image for publicity.


Image upload

Please upload good quality pics of your work. Please upload 2 images for each piece entered – Please upload 1 of the piece itself and 1 in it’s frame (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 a pic of 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 Adobe offer a free service – 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)



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. Though our vision is to primarily support and showcase artists in the midlands region we do and will continue to show artists work from outside the area, this is 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. We won’t be able to give feedback on unsuccessful entries.


Entry Fee

Each artist may submit up to Two pieces. The fee is £10 for either 1 or 2 pieces.


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 Sculptural work, please make sure it’s well protected.


Work Collection

All unsold work must be collected or courier arranged from 16th – 21st November 2021.


Key Dates

25th August  – 25th September : Entries open

26th – 30th September : Judging

1st October : Exhibiting artists list published online

9th – 14th October : Delivery

23rd Oct : Exhibition launch event

14th November : Exhibition ends

16th – 21st November : Unsold work collected


Work sold will be subject to 50% commission – taken from the price you list. 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.


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


Application Form




Tarpey Gallery
77 High Street
Castle Donington
De74 2pq

Opening Times

Thursday – Sunday
10am – 5pm


Luke Tarpey – 07772404293


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