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Open Art Exhibition 2021

The Red House Museum Open Art Exhibition is a premier showcase event on the South Coast, celebrating the rich and diverse skills of our local artists and crafts people.

The exhibition provides an excellent opportunity for artists from both amateur and professional backgrounds to demonstrate their artistic skills and creative vision.

We work hard to promote and celebrate our Open Art to support artists to raise their profile and sell their work.

This year's prizes for best in show include a week's free rental of the upstairs exhibition space at Hatch Gallery, plus no commission charged on sales, for the judges' choice. Plus, the Friends of the Red House Museum will present prizes of £100 for the best 2D artwork and £100 for the best 3D piece. 

Information for submitting artists:

Your entry can be any mark marking medium, sculpture, textile, print or photograph. Up to three works can be submitted.

This year's selection panel are Jo Dyton, owner of contemporary art gallery Hatch Gallery of Christchurch (https://www.hatchgallery.co.uk/), mosaic artist Joanna Dewfall (www.dewfallmosaic.co.uk/) and Laura Bullivant, Community Museum Manager.

Entries must be made online, by submitting high resolution digital images of your works along with your online application using the form below. Entry fees apply - see terms and conditions below.


Terms and Conditions

You can submit your entries until the closing date - Monday 17 May 2021. Entries received after 5pm on Monday 17 May 2021, will not be considered.

The cost to enter is £5 per submission, payable through the admission form

This year’s exhibition will be open between 12 June 2021 - 17 July 2021 

Date of prize giving to be confirmed. 

All pictures should be framed to a high standard, or be on canvas capable of having mirror plates attached at the side. All work should have two labels - one on the back of the item and the other a tie-on label attached by a piece of string (the string should be long enough to hang over the front of the artwork). Both labels should state your name, title of the artwork and selling price if it is for sale.

You will be notified if your work is sold. Payment will be made to you after the close of the exhibition, less a sales commission fee of 25%.

All artwork is displayed at the owner’s risk and must arrange their own insurance of individual works. 

All entries will be judged by an independent panel, their decision is final. The museum will not enter into discussion regarding individual entries or artists.

Handing in of selected artworks is on Wednesday 9 June, 12-4pm.

All applicants will be notified whether their artwork has been selected by telephone or email before this date.

Collection of exhibited works: the exhibition closes on Saturday 17 July 2021. Following the exhibition, all unsold work must be collected on: Tuesday 20 July between 12pm and 4pm. 

Copyright of all exhibited work remains the property of the artist.

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