Ref: HRCDGGOpen2023/01

We are pleased to announce we will be holding our inaugural Open Exhibition in the David Gentleman Gallery and are delighted to invite you to submit your art & design work.

This is a wonderful opportunity for artists and designers of any age and level, from aspiring beginners to professional artists, to exhibit in our stunning, industry-standard gallery space. The exhibition will run for two weeks between 20- 31 March and will include a Private View and Awards Night on 21 March.

There will be a £150 prize for Best in Show and £50 commendations in all categories:

Young Artists (school years 7 – 11)

Emerging Artists (aged 16 – 19)

Adult (aged 20+)

all of which will feature on our website and Instagram:

We look forward to seeing your work and welcoming you to the private view and awards night. Please see guidance for submission and key dates overleaf.

With kind regards,

Sara Towers

Curriculum Area Manager

Ben Slater

Technical Resources Manager

The David Gentleman Gallery, Art & Design, Creative Enterprise Building, Hertford Regional College, Ware Campus, SG12 9JF

Key dates and guidance:

Artists are invited to submit up to two works each. There will be a £5 non-refundable entry fee per artist, payable via cash, credit or debit card on the day of submission.

Please complete the labels Ref: HRCDGGOpen2023/label and securely affix one to each submitted artwork and to any packaging (labels also supplied during submission). We will try to return the artwork in the packaging where possible. Work will be handled and installed with utmost care, though artists are responsible to insure their own work as we cannot accept any liability or responsibility through loss or damage. Any sales are subject to 25% commission. Any work not collected by the dates specified above may be disposed of. Photographs of work installed in the gallery may be used for future marketing purposes.

We request artwork be submitted ready for installation/hanging. Please indicate the way the artwork is intended to be exhibited with an arrow on the reverse pointing upwards. Both framed or unframed is accepted, though framed (and canvases) will need to have either mirror brackets or picture wire securely attached to the reverse. Unframed works on paper or similar may be pinned through the corners unless bulldog clips, other suitable fixings, or 3M Command Strips are provided. We are sorry, but we cannot accept clip frames. Works not ready for hanging may be rejected.

If your work is 3D, digital (visual or audio), installation, or you have other special requirements not listed above, please email before submission, detailing your work and intended exhibition requirements.


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