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Call for entries: Hastings Open 2020





Hastings Museum & Art Gallery is seeking visual artists and makers to enter our new open call exhibition: Hastings Open 2020.

Hastings Open 2020 is for UK and international visual artists working in the following artistic mediums: painting, sculpture, drawing, print, photography, digital, audio, mixed media, and video. This new opportunity is part of our programme to open up Hastings Museum & Art Gallery and our collections to contemporary artists as both a resource for supporting their careers and as a source of inspiration. To enter, artists are invited to upload images of their work to our online portal for a first round of judging by the selection panel. The entrants who are successful in this round will then be invited to bring their work to the museum for the second round of judging for the final exhibition selection.

What is needed to complete the online entry form?
You will be asked to:

  • Your contact details
  • For each artwork you are submitting including: title, date, dimensions, medium, description, and images. You will need to do this for each of the art works you are submitting.
  • An image of each artworks in jpeg format
  • Artist statement or description of your practice maximum 300 words
  • For digital, audio, mixed media and video works
  • There is a section on the form for you to include URL hyperlinks to the content and also for any passwords that are required view the work.

How many artworks can I submit?

You can submit from 1 to 5 artworks in total. Diptychs and triptychs will be counted as a single entry, the full work must be shown in the accompanying image.

How much does it cost to enter?

It costs £5 to enter one artwork and £20 to submit up to five artworks.

Does my work need to be for sale?
No. If your work is for sale then please enter the sale price when prompted. Hastings Museum & Art Gallery will take 15% commission from any sales made during the exhibition.

When will I know if I have been successful?
All artists will be notified by email on or before 31 March 2020.

Who is on the panel?

  • Kate Adams - Project Art Works, Hastings
  • Ellen Prebble - Project Art Works, Hastings
  • Kenton Lowe - blackShed gallery, Robertsbridge, East Sussex
  • Patrick Adam Jones -  Project 78 Gallery, St Leonards-on-Sea
  • Phoebe Cripps – Haywood Gallery, London and Flatland, Hastings

Key dates to remember

  • Submission deadline: 23 February 2020.
  • All artists will be notified by email on or before 1 March 2020.
  • Exhibition dates: 2 May to 5 July


Prizes Details: 

There is a single prize comprising:

  • A residency at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery in 2020/21
  • A solo exhibition at blackShed Gallery in 2021
  • A cash prize of £500

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
£5 for 1 artwork, £20 for 2-5 artworks
Contact & Links: 

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