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Taking place between 9 - 14 October 2018 to coincide with World Mental Health Day on 10 October, (In)visible will feature a group of artists who use their work to convey life’s difficulties. Curated by Amy Oliver and Jenni Bea, who were brought together by Instagram and share similar work themes, aesthetics and motivations.

The exhibition will feature work specifically produced as self-expression, communication and therapeutic release. With themes often thought of as taboo such as mental illness, addiction, abuse, and domestic violence, this exhibition promotes honesty and non-censorship. We aim to create a visually stimulating, thought-provoking, inclusive and engaging event that ignites discussion, tackles stigmas and unites artist and audience. 

The exhibition will take place at Espacio Gallery in Shoreditch, London. An artist-run gallery, established in 2012, the gallery is ideally situated for public visitors,  just 100m from Brick Lane.

We welcome submissions from all art disciplines, including video installation and interactive work. Submissions are free.

UK wide and international artists are welcome to apply, but will be responsible for insurance and shipping costs. All artists are advised to have their own insurance for valuable pieces of work.

Key dates:

Sunday 7th Oct – Artists to deliver work to gallery 5-7pm OR Monday 8th – Artists to deliver work to gallery AM

Wednesday 10th – World Mental Health Day – online event – to be confirmed

Thursday 11th – ‘Private view’ 6-9pm

Saturday 13th – themed event/workshop – to be confirmed.

Sunday 14th – Final day – collection of unsold work 5 – 7pm

The gallery opening times are 11am – 7pm daily. Artists are welcome and encouraged to attend and be available to greet visitors during these times.

Upon successful application, artists will be asked to pay a fee of £70 to secure their inclusion in the exhibition. We are a not-for-profit collective. This cost is to cover the following: 

Hire cost of gallery 

Equipment hire 

Drinks for private view

Staff for private view  

Printing costs for posters, flyers etc 

Staff invigilation for the duration of the event 

Artists will also receive social media coverage across our social media platforms before, during and after the event, together with the option to take part in our print sale. There will be 0% commission on all sales.



Call for Artists Platform for Emerging Arts



Platform for Emerging Arts #19

Proposed Exhibition dates 22nd Aug – 1st Sept 2018

This is a call-out to emerging artists who wish to participate in a curated group exhibition as part of Leyden Gallery’s quarterly lease programme Platform for Emerging Arts

This is a unique opportunity to exhibit new work at an innovative and reputable London art gallery. This platform show forms part of the gallery ethos, which aims to promote emerging contemporary artists in relation to established and recognised names in the art world. This opportunity arises only once every quarter year when the gallery enables emergent and unrepresented artists to submit work to them for consideration in order to appear as part of their gallery lease programme, which is offered at exceptional value.

Following the successful realisation of their previous Platform Exhibitions, they are once again inviting innovative and talented artists to apply for the chance to exhibit their work. This is an open call for work in all mediums.

The Platform Exhibition programme for unrepresented artists also offers the gallery a first-hand opportunity to work with artists who may later be considered for future representation in non-leased curated shows. The gallery does continue to work with many of the artists who have previously exhibited as part of the Platform shows.

Email Application


Please forward an application statement; this should briefly explain your practice & current work. The statement should be between 200 - 300 words.


Send no more than three jpeg images – in addition you can provide a link to your website/blog where further images and information can be viewed.

If shortlisted for inclusion to the Platform for Emerging Arts #19 exhibition, you will then be invited to the gallery for the second stage interview; there you will have an opportunity to meet the curator and gallery directors to further discuss your work and the necessary details, including costs, terms and conditions.

Due to the high number of applicants we are unfortunately not able to respond if your application is unsuccessful on this occasion.

Please email your application and jpegs to info@leydengallery.com  

Fee Detail: 
Nothing to apply, but fee to exhibit if application is successful
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