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Open Exhibition

14 February – 26 April 2015

This popular annual event for both amateur and professional artists is a celebration of creative talent. Artists age 16 plus are invited to submit up to two artworks for consideration. A selection process will take place by two external selectors usually an artist and a curator. Artworks selected will be displayed in an exhibition at the gallery from 14 February to 26 April 2015, the majority of works will be for sale, with the gallery taking a commission. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to purchase an original artwork at an affordable price.

This year's selectors are David Sweet, Painter and Critic and Liz Waring, Curator of Visual Art from Museums Sheffield.

This exhibition is sponsored by the Friends of the Ferens and BSB Architecture.

Enter your work

Anyone age 16 or above can enter up to two pieces into the Open Exhibition, whether amateur or professional!

Submissions must be delivered to Ferens Art Gallery between Monday 12 and Tuesday 27 January 2015 inclusive.

There is a non-returnable handling fee of £5 (£2.50 concessions) to submit your artwork for consideration.

Full details of how to enter, application forms, hanging and framing instructions are available to download below –

PDF Icon Application form (size: 191.4 Kb)
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Works submitted will be considered by the selectors. Notification of acceptance will be posted to you after 5 February 2015.

Unselected artwork can be collected during 23 February - 16 March 2015.

Selected artwork can be collected during 2 - 23 May 2015.


The following prizes will be available for the winners -

  • Friends of the Ferens award - £250, £150 and £100 selected and sponsored by the Friends of the Ferens
  • Student award - £100 selected and sponsored by BSB Architecture
  • Council Cup award - £100 selected by Councillor Geraghty, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture
  • First World War award - £500 - this award will go to an entry inspired by 2014`s First World War Commermorations. The winner will be selected by a public vote and announced on 24 March 2015.

Contact us

Email Ferens

Ferens Art Gallery
Hull City Council
Queen Victoria Square

How to find us

Tel: 01482 300 300
Fax: 01482 613 710

Opening times

Monday to Saturday
10am - 5pm

1.30 - 4.30pm
Last admission
15 minutes before closing

We are open bank holidays (excluding Good Friday) and closed 24 to 28 December, 31 December and 1 January.

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