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Thu 20

Portfolio Preparation

Tue 12 March, 9:30amTue 26 November, 4:30pm
Thu 20

Charlotte Ager: From Madness and Back

Thu 18 April, 9:00amTue 25 June, 5:00pm
Thu 20

Caroline Underwood: Bearings

Sat 27 April, 9:00amSat 29 June, 5:00pm

OPEN 2019 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Friday 24 May, 2019

Emerging and established artists are invited to submit works in any medium for Quay Arts’ biennial OPEN Exhibition 2019 themed and titled: ‘A Life in Nature’.


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sun 29 Sep 2019, midnight

EXHIBITION DATES: Sat 30 Nov 2019 – Sat 1 Feb 2020

PREVIEW & PRIZE GIVING: Sat 30 Nov, 6 – 8pm

PRIZE: Solo exhibition in the West Gallery in 2021

To apply please CLICK HERE to download application form & guidelines.


£20 Submission fee to enter. Entrants must be 18 yrs or over.

Quay Arts’ biennial OPEN Exhibition is back! We’re inviting emerging and established artists to submit works in any medium to be a part of our OPEN Exhibition, this year, titled and themed A Life in Nature’. We’re looking for works in particular relating to wildlife and geology, reflecting our curiosity and connection (or dis-connection) to flora, fauna and landscape.

To support and enhance the exhibition specially curated objects and artefacts from the Isle of Wight Natural History and Archaeological Society (celebrating 100 years) and innovative bio-engineers Artecology, will be showcased, creating narratives exploring nature past, present and beyond.

One artist will be selected from the 2019 OPEN Exhibition for a 2021 Quay Arts West gallery solo exhibition.

Previous OPEN Exhibition winners include artists Caroline Underwood (2017 – OPEN), Joanna Kori (2015 – OPEN), Holly Cade & Liz Sterry (2013 – OPEN ‘Duet’), Katayoun Dowlatshahi (2010/11 – OPEN), and Julian Rowe (2008 – OPEN ‘Location’).

Quay Arts continues to support the development and display of new work by contemporary visual artists and present work of national and international interest. It is through our OPEN Exhibitions we’re able to discover new talent and provide a platform for visual artists that wish to share their work with the world.