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how to apply



Monday 10 February 2014

(applications must be postmarked on or before this date)



3 May to 1 June 2014

application form

download here


Conditions of Entry 2014:

the open west is an annual open submission exhibition inviting work from national and international artists practising contemporary and conceptual art. Work submitted can include painting, installation, film and sound, textile, photography, ceramics, drawing and print, performance, sculpture, glass, metal and plastics. There are no geographical restrictions. Artists must be over 21. Work should be recent. Size limitations are according to available space.


Up to 40 artists will be included in the exhibition, each with the possibility of showing more than one work

selection  the 2014 exhibition will be selected by Lyn Cluer Coleman and Sarah Goodwin, with Anita Taylor and Virgile Ittah. Selection will be from a maximum of six works.

the open west 2014 offers an opportunity for artists to participate in an education programme; artists’ residencies; a workshop, and a day of artists in conversation. An artists’ catalogue is published each year


3 award winners will each receive £500


reproduction of images if selected for the exhibition, the artist agrees to the reproduction (at no fee) of their work in association with the exhibition (included in the publicity, press, website and publications of the open west, The Wilson and the University of Gloucestershire)


application fee £32.00 for first two images, any additional images £5 each (ie maximum 6 images per application). Fee payable by bank transfer, PayPal, cheque or postal order. Unfortunately there can be no refund if an artist's work is not selected for the exhibition.


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deadline for entries Monday 10 February 2014. Artists whose work is selected for exhibition will be notified by

Wednesday 19 February 2014


delivery  artists will be asked to deliver the works to The Wilson from 27 to 29 April 2014 (or by arrangement with the curators)


insurance  Although every care will be taken of submitted application material, responsibility for loss and damage cannot be accepted. If shortlisted for the exhibition the artist is responsible for the costs of transportation of the work to and from the specified venue. The organisers will not be responsible for any loss or damage either in transit to and from the exhibition, or during any period of storage, packing or unpacking, or in any period in which the work may be at the exhibition venue.

It is strongly advised that each artist takes out their own commercial insurance to cover their work in transit, in storage and at the exhibition


collection  exhibitors will be expected to collect their work promptly at the end of the exhibition, on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 June


sale of works  commission on sales will be 35% (to be included in price if work is for sale)  


1    completed application form

2    appropriate application fee

3    work presented in your chosen format (ie on disc or proposal) Mark both disc and case with name

4    short cv and statement about the work

5    notification will be by email (provide stamped addressed envelope for postal reply if required)

6   A5 stamped addressed envelope if you require return of submitted application material


send completed application forms by 10 February 2014 (postmark deadline) to:

the open west

PO Box 344


Glos GL5 3WA



07594 354 791

07714 242 522

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