Ferens Art Gallery Open Exhibition 2018

Each year our Open Exhibition provides an exciting opportunity for amateur and professional artists to celebrate creativity side by side in the Ferens Art Gallery's beautiful temporary exhibition spaces. If you would like the chance for your artwork to be exhibited in one of the UK's leading regional art galleries enter the Open Exhibition.

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Last year the Ferens Art Gallery began a new online submissions process for the Open Exhibition. This year the process has been streamlined further and as before you are able to register online and submit photos of your artwork for the consideration of the selectors. Only successful artists are required to deliver their artworks to the gallery. If your artwork is selected you are notified by email. 

Submissions go live on Monday 23 October, when you can access the online form.

Terms and conditions

All artworks are entered at the artist's own risk. Whilst Ferens staff take every care with work submitted, Hull City Council and Hull Culture and Leisure Ltd can accept no liability for loss or damage to works submitted for exhibition.



We are running a number of IT and photography and submission workshops to provide support and help you submit your entries.

Find out more about our simple IT and submission workshops

Learn more about our Hull History Centre photography and submission workshops

Learn more about our Wilberforce House photography and submission workshops

Contact us

If you would like any further details about the Open Exhibition or for application advice contact us by - 

Please do not send any submission material or images to this email address. All applications must be made via the online form which available from Monday 23 October.

Key dates

Task Dates
Online submissions open Monday 23 October to Sunday 12 November
Selection date To be announced
Notification by email To be announced
Delivery of selected artwork to Ferens Art Gallery Saturday 27 January to Sunday 4 February 2018
Exhibition display Saturday 17 February to Sunday 22 April 2018
Collection of unsold works and purchases Saturday 28 April to Friday 4 May 2018
Monday to Saturday - 10am to 4.30pm
Sunday- 1.30 to 4pm

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

Find out more about the prizes available