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The Open Exhibition 2018

The popular Open Exhibition returns next year– bigger and better than ever before.

There will be new prizes to win, including The People's Choice Award for the artwork which gets the most votes from visitors, an extra category of sculpture, a Young Person’s Open, with prizes for different age categories, and entry to The Open will be online for the first time ever.

The St Barbe Open Exhibition has been held annually since 1999 and is now in its 18th year. There is no theme, and anyone can enter up to two works of art.

Artists can submit paintings, drawing, prints and sculpture. The exhibition is then selected by a panel of arts professionals. This year’s panel will be: Artists Stephen Powell and Amanda Wallwork and curator Phil Smith.

Key dates:

Website open for submissions: Tuesday 2nd January 2018
Deadline for submissions: Sunday 28th January 2018
Notification of successful submissions published on the website: Thursday 8th February 2018
Handing in days at the museum: Thursday 15th or Friday 16th February 2018
Private View: Thursday 22nd February 2018
Exhibition opens: Friday 23rd February 2018
Exhibition closes: Sunday 8th April 2018
Collection days for unsold works: Tuesday 10th April and Wednesday 11th April 2018

Watch this space – more information coming your way soon.

View Terms and Conditions

Basic Entry Requirements

Each artist may submit a maximum of two works
These cannot have previously been exhibited at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery
We recommend that artists submit recent work (ideally from the last three years)
Works will be available for sale unless the artist requests otherwise

Cost Of Entry

£8 per work or £15 for two works
£5 per work for students (who must provide evidence that they are in full-time study)
Entry fees are non-returnable

Submitting Works

All submissions must be made online via the St Barbe website (inc. address)
All artists must submit one image of each work
Images should be as clear as possible and of the submitted work
Images should be jpeg files and not exceed 3MB in size
Image files should be named with the artist’s name and the title of the work
Please contact the museum if you do not have access to a computer
For 3D works please submit one image only that best represents the work

All successful submissions must be delivered to the museum on Thursday 15th or Friday 16th February 2018 (10am – 5pm)

Eligible Works

The exhibition is for paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture

Two-Dimensional Work
For 2D works there is a size restriction: no work should exceed 1m in either height or width (including frame)
Reproductions of paintings or drawings (e.g. giclée prints) are not eligible
All printmaking techniques are eligible (woodcut, lithograph, etching, screen print and digital)
Digital prints are eligible if it is clear to the selectors that they are original artworks made by the creative use of digital technology and simply photographs or reproductions

Three-Dimensional Work
For sculpture there is a size restriction: the maximum floor/plinth space is 50cm x 50cm
Sculpture must not weigh more than 30kg and must be easily portable
Artists should provide display instructions where necessary
Artists should consider the health and safety implications of exhibiting in a public space
Where an artwork is deemed to be a health and safety risk St Barbe Museum reserves the right not to display it

Frames and Fixings

All framed works will be hung with mirror plates so works must be suitably framed
All existing fixtures should be removed from the back of the work
St Barbe Museum will attach its own fixings for display
Metal frames and clip frames are not acceptable
Box canvases are acceptable provided they have a wooden stretcher strong enough to take the museum’s fixings


Labels must be printed from the file provided on the museum website
Labels must be securely fixed to the work with string long enough for the label to hang over the front of the picture
The artist’s name, address, contact number and the picture title should be marked clearly on the back of the work
The top of abstract works should also be marked on the back of the frame

Key Dates

Website open for submissions: Tuesday 2nd January 2018
Deadline for submissions: Sunday 28th January 2018
Notification of successful submissions published on the website: Thursday 8th February 2018
Handing in days at the museum: Thursday 15th or Friday 16th February 2018
Private View: Thursday 22nd February 2018, 6-8pm
Exhibition opens: Friday 23rd February 2018
Exhibition closes: Sunday 8th April 2018
Collection days for unsold works: Tuesday 10th April and Wednesday 11th April 2018

Notification of Successful Entries

Successful submissions to the exhibition will be published on the museum website on Thursday 8th February


Artists are responsible for transport to and from St Barbe Museum
St Barbe Museum will not cover any costs relating to transport or the return of work (including postage and packing)
Works should be delivered unwrapped (there will be space for artists to unwrap works on arrival – all wrappings must be taken away by the artist)


St. Barbe Museum will take all reasonable care in handling and safeguarding works submitted
However, work is submitted at the artist’s own risk and it is strongly recommended that artists make their own insurance arrangements

Sale of Work

The price stated on the submission is the exhibition selling price and this must include St Barbe Museum’s commission of 35% +VAT (TBC)
Editioned prints can be sold unframed, artists must provide an appropriate unframed price
Artists will be informed of orders for unframed prints via e-mail once payment has been received by St Barbe Museum
Artists must mail or deliver the work to the purchaser within 2 weeks of the notifying e-mail
The artist is responsible for all postage and packing costs


Copyright of the work remains with the artist
However, by submitting online and accepting the exhibition terms and conditions the artist agrees that their work can be used for the promotion of St Barbe Museum and its exhibitions


Unsold work can be collected from St Barbe Museum on Tuesday 10th April and Wednesday 11th April 2018
To collect your work please bring some form of ID
If a third party is collecting they must bring that ID or a letter stating they have permission to remove the work on the artist’s behalf
Works that have not been collected on the above dates will incur a storage charge of £15 per work per week
If any work submitted has not been collected within 3 months, St Barbe Museum shall be entitled to, without prior notice to the artist, sell or otherwise dispose of such works and to devote any proceeds of such sale or other disposal as it may think fit in its absolute discretion